Putting Limerick in the picture with new calendar

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

A SELECTION of the most beautiful sights from across the county have been captured in a new charity calendar.

A SELECTION of the most beautiful sights from across the 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 Black Bridge, set against a dusky sky near UL, a view of the King’s Island, and the sun setting over the River Shannon.

In the county, Mungret Cement has also been captured, a ferry leaving Foynes, and the Shannon Estuary.

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

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

Last year, the society raised €500 for autism charity Dochas.

This year, they have selected the Northside Learning Hub in Kileely to be the beneficiaries of the proceeds of the sales. The hub works in partnership with local education providers, families and young people to develop responses to the high levels of educational disadvantage and early school leaving across Limerick.

Members chose the Learning Hub after they put a number of charities in a hat, with the winning charity drawn out.

Jennifer Moroney-Ward, general manager of the Learning Hub, was thrilled to learn of the fact the photographic society were supporting them.

“It is so lovely when people recognise you for what you do. There is a link to this with the digital photography classes we run with children and the art hub in particular,” she said.

Asked what the money means to the charity, Ms Moroney-Ward added: “It will go towards art projects, digital photography, and in the run up to St Patrick’s Day, we will have weeks of preparation, so this will help.”

The calendar is currently on sale in Gleeson’s Spar shops in Castletroy, Catherine Street, and Henry Street, as well as Ivan’s in Caherdavin.

John says more than 100 have sold already, to people abroad, keen to get their hands on a copy.

Eight hundred calendars have been printed, and John hopes they will all go.

The Limerick and District Photographic Society meets every other Wednesday at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel.

It aims to give keen photographers a chance to network and showcase their work. New members are always welcome. More information from John Grimes on 087-6722478.