Limerick photo society release new calendar

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

SOME of the most beautiful sights from across the city and county have been captured in a new charity calendar.

SOME of the most beautiful sights from across the city and county have been captured in a new charity calendar.

The Limerick and District Photographic Society have once again released a calendar showcasing some of the best pictures its members have taken from across the last year.

In next year’s calendar, just released, images captured include the Westfield Park Wetlands in mid-winter, City Hall captured below a red night sky, the Black Bridge in Plassey, and the Mungret Cement Factory.

Club secretary John Grimes explained how members are each year asked to submit four images each, with the best 12 reproduced for the calendar.

In order to ensure fairness, it is professional photographer John O’Brien who makes the final call as to which images go in.

A different charity benefits each year from the proceeds of the calendar’s sales.

This year, Dochas has been selected to receive proceeds.

The charity has an advice and information centre in O’Connell Street supporting those with autism.

Asked why the photographic society picked this charity, John said: “Most of our members would know somebody with autism - We have a member in our club who has a child with autism. One of my neighbours also has a child with autism. At the moment, they are finding funding hard to come by.”

The calendar is available from all good stores, including Ivan’s in Caherdavin, and Gleeson’s Spar in Catherine Street, priced at €8.00

John said the society is hoping to raise €2,000. In previous years, the printing of the calendar was subsidised by sponsorship.

But with the downturn, the group has now had to stump up much of this themselves.

“We do get sponsorship. Up to last year, we got €300 a page. But last year, the companies had to cut this. We still put them down as sponsors, because of the support they have given us in previous years. This year, the same companies have given us something, even if it is a little less,” he explained.

The society aims to give keen photographers a chance to network. They meet every fortnight at the Kilmurry Lodge. More information from John Grimes at 087-6722478.