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32 beautiful images of Ireland from 2012

Take a minute out of your day to appreciate how beautiful this island can be.

LONG-RANGE WEATHER forecasting service for Ireland, The Meteo Times, received hundreds of photographs from readers over the past year and it has kindly sent some of the best submissions to TheJournal.ie so we can enjoy their beauty.

Capturing everything from that spell of sunshine in March (remember?) to thunderstorms in July and ice in December, these photographs across the country remind us just how wonderful this island can be, despite the rain.

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Kyle Malee captured this photograph of his dog Indiana while trekking up the Hawks Rock at Coolaney in Sligo.

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On 24 August, Yvette O’Beirne snapped her two young ones in Wicklow, ‘walking through fields, trying to find the sun before the holidays end’.

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In early October, this amazing image of the moon and Jupiter shining over a misty Robe River in Mayo was taken by Ronan Newman.

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Earlier this month, Fiona Windsor submitted this photo of the Round Tower at Glendalough in Wicklow.

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Caroline Sheridan took this snap, entitled Going Home, on 24 September in Teltown, county Meath.

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Photographer Aoife Hester caught the stormy weather coming down the tracks at Kilcoole in Wicklow on 30 November.

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Howth Harbour at sunset on 21 October by Conor Cullen.

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Brian Wilson called this picture Star Man: the Milkyway photographed under clear skies near Belmullet in Mayo.

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Sunrise over Carlingford Lough by Gavin Byrne.

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Photographer Deirdre Holmes captures rare blue skies on Abbey Hill in The Burren on 26 August.

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Michael MacSweeney (Pro-Vision) snaps the flooding in Blackpool, Cork on 27 June.

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Paul Moane photographed himself standing against the backdrop of the Northern Lights near Ballintoy Harbour, County Antrim.

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A perfect picture of the late morning thaw of ice on a car roof in Kilkenny on 12 December. Image by Maline Campbell.

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Born Free: a seagull photographed in mid-flight close to the Cliffs of Moher. Image by John Mee Photography

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Frost melting on the grass in Corofin, county Clare by Sally Haywood.

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Another shot by Sally Haywood. This time of a misty River Fergus.

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CumulusÉire over Roscommon during April. Image: Dermot Cox

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Damien Stenson’s magical image of the Cliffs of Moher was a hit with our readers in October.

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Sunset on the 31 July, near Claremorris in Mayo. Image by Breda Raftery.

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Gougane Barra Reflections, West Cork, on 4 July. Image: Gougane Barra Hotel

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Karl Woodhouse’s late autumn image captured on the road from Kinsale to Inishannon in Cork.

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A late July thunderstorm over Wicklow Town is captured beautifully by Tony Brierton.

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Ian Carruthers shows us the Leap Day alignment of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus.

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A shelf cloud looks ominous over Nass, county Kildare on 7 May. Image: Shan Gray

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Remember the sunny spell in March? This image was taken by Triona Treanor at a rapeseed field in Newcastle, county Wicklow on the 27.

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Another sunny spring image from Maeve Aldridge. This one was taken on the Naas Road on 14 April.

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Swimmers at sunrise on 17 November at the Forty Foot in Dublin. Image: Eimhear Collins

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The End of the Rainbow at The Hand, Miltown Malbay, county Clare. Image: Lisa Byrne

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The sun sets over a mist covered Shannon Estuary, between Clare and Kerry on 1 February. Image: Paul O’Keeffe

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Tony O’Driscoll from County Cork took this high dynamic range (HDR) image of trawlers moored at Cobh harbour at sunset in November.

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Youen Jacob photographed these two Humpback Whales off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork on 24 November.

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