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# Photography
You have not seen Killarney National Park like this before
Photographer Norman McCloskey has spent three years trekking the 25,000 acres of the park to capture these breathtaking but little-known vistas.

THE LAKES OF Killarney – an iconic Irish landscape, well known here and abroad, right?

But how well do you know the 25,000 acres that make up the whole of Killarney National Park? Kerry photographer Norman McCloskey says that even he was astounded by the hidden vales and peaks, wooded glens and secret ruins that he came across in a three-year exploration of the park with his trusty camera to hand.

His project is now captured in a new photography book, Parklight. His aim, says McCloskey, was to seek out new angles and vistas that would surprise even National Parks and Wildlife service staff: “I was delighted to hear them ask the same question each time: ‘Where’s that?’”

He told

The idea came to me while I was exploring a new part of the park, a place I thought I knew well enough. How wrong was I, and how glad I was to be that wrong. There was a multitude of tracks and trails, rivers, hidden valleys, woods and peaks that were all to be explored. Enough for a book and so the idea was born which proved too irresistible to ignore.

The efforts of three years of trekking across bog and peak are gathered in Parklight – as well as photographs, there are interesting sections on the built heritage in the park and the poignant history of its Famine-era population, now long perished.

The park is also home to several of Ireland’s oldest natural heritage highlights – to Wild Red deer (one of the oldest indigenous herds in Europe); to one of the largest and oldest oak woodland areas in Ireland; and to Ireland’s oldest trees, the Reenadinna yew forest – one of only three remaining yew forests in Europe.

Parklight is available to buy for €30RRP hardback from bookstores nationwide but also from online if you click here. Norman has kindly offered readers a 10% discount off the book when ordering online if you use the code thejournal.

You have not seen Killarney National Park like this before
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    Waterfall on Crinnagh River overlooking Tower Wood.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    The Eagles' Nest shrouded by fog and with its summit lit by the first light on an autumn morning.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    Driftwood reflected on a glass like Lough Leine at Ross Bay.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    A quiet wooded glen.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    The morning light rarely disappoints and the climb before sunrise is often rewarded with magnificent views.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    A fleeting burst of light breaks through the brooding storm clouds at Incheens.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    In summer the Eagle's Nest faces the rising sun in the mornings and glows red at first light.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    Frozen landscape in the dead of winter.Source: @Norman McCloskey
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    Devil's Island floats in the mists on Muckross Lake.Source: @Norman McCloskey

All images above are copyright of Norman McCloskey. And no, there has been no photoshopping of the images – it really is that spectacular.

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