Calendar captures natural beauty of Limerick archaeological gem

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Taking it all in! Eimear, Ciara and Dearbhla Molloy survey the breathtaking surroundings at Lough Gur. This photograph appears in the 2014 Lough Gur calendar
A NEW calendar focusing on one of County Limerick’s most magical locations features photographs captured by a host of people ranging from the well-established professionals to those who like to try their hand at capturing a moment in time.

A NEW calendar focusing on one of County Limerick’s most magical locations features photographs captured by a host of people ranging from the well-established professionals to those who like to try their hand at capturing a moment in time.

The idea for the calendar came about thanks to the success of the Lough Gur Facebook page.

The tradition of sending photographs for posting to the page began when visitors and locals emailed their images of the beauty spot for inclusion on the site.

The Facebook page fast became a stage to showcase various forms of images relating to the archaeological gem.

Lough Gur Development Co-operative Society decided to put together a 2014 calendar featuring 12 of the most popular shots.

The calendar is already proving to be a hit both at home and abroad.

“With all of the images in one publication, the calendar is being snapped up by the local community and visitors to the Lough Gur heritage centre,” explained Kate Harrold of Lough Gur heritage centre.

“Many have posted the calendar to relatives and friends abroad who may remember spending time at Lough Gur in years gone by. Photographs appearing in the 2014 calendar were printed with permission from Keith Wiseman, Tony Grehan, Katie Clancy and Alona Troy to name just a few who kindly become involved in the publication,” she added.

All proceeds from the calendar sales will go directly towards repaying the debt incurred during the refurbishment of the Lough Gur heritage centre. “The beauty of Lough Gur remains unchanged thankfully over thousands of years. The beauty and history attached to the area is mirrored in the newly refurbished state-of-the-art heritage centre that was completely transformed and was reopened by the local community in June 2013,” Ms Harrold continued.

Over a six month period, the planning, design and construction resulted in a fully interactive experience that is now in line with international standards.

To pick up a copy of the Lough Gur 2014 calendar, which is priced at €10, phone 061 385186 or email loughgur@gmail.com.