BALES of yellow hay stacked neatly in a field, a summer solstice gathering on the banks of a neolithic stone circle, and a lone, white swan mirrored against a glassy lake are just some of the images which have made the 2015 Lough Gur calendar.
There was such a response to the first edition of the publication - which was printed in 2014 - that it was decided to go again and reproduce 12 stunning new images taken by tourists, locals and photographers.
Both the amateur and professional photographer greatly enjoy using Lough Gur as their subject due to the ever-changing nature of the landscape and all that it has to offer.
“It went so well last year that we actually sold out of them which was great - a lot of it was down to the article in the Leader. We got a flood of phone calls after that. A lot of people from abroad contacted us and we posted a calendar to them,” explained Kate Harrold, manager of Lough Gur Development.
The images were chosen through the Lough Gur Facebook page. “People were sending in their photographs and we were putting them up on Facebook every day. We thought, ‘why don’t we make a calendar out of them?’ Each day, a new photo is posted to the site. The photo that receives the most ‘likes’ each month is selected for the calendar,” Kate added.
Among the images used in this year’s offering is an aerial shot of the lake take by photographer Tony Grehan of Fedamore using his drone aerial camera. There is also a stunning image by Sean Ryan of the resident robin nicknamed Rocky - christened by a group of builders during the refurbishment of the heritage centre.
The high quality of the images made it difficult to chose one for the front cover and, in the end, it was the public who got the final say.
“There was a board down at the lakefront for the solstice and people were asked to vote their top three favourite photos. The photo with the swan got the most votes and, in doing so, won the cover page,” Kate explained.
The winning image came from the camera of Brendan Doyle from Raheen who captured a beautiful white swan in splendid isolation in the lake on a cold, crisp day.
The 2015 calendar can be purchased at a price of €10 from Nagle’s Spar in Bruff, Peggy Ryan’s foodstore, Holycross and Lough Gur Heritage Centre.
The heritage centre will post a copy of the calendar to anywhere in the world for an additional €1.50. For details call 061 385186.