Images of Ireland feature in this beautiful, high-quality,wall calendar for 2021, which showcases the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Doneraile Park in County Cork.
Once again, Maureen O'Hanlon, an avid photographer and nature enthusiast from County Cork, has spent the past year collecting spectacular images of her local park in the village of Doneraile.
How lucky is Maureen to have such an amazing amenity on her doorstep, especially during 2020 when traveling far afield was out of the question for everyone.
Maureen has graciously sponsored this giveaway post and three lucky readers will win a copy of her 2021 calendar. Before I share details of the giveaway, let's first take a look at the glories of Doneraile Park throughout the past 12 months.
Doneraile Park Through The Seasons:
Located in the northern part of County Cork at the foot of the Ballyhoura Mountains, Doneraile Park is truly one of Ireland's hidden gems.
A beautifully restored old house was once the center piece of this demesne or landed estate. The landscaped park was first created in the 18th century around the banks of the Awbeg river.
Wildlife is everywhere in the 166 hectare park now run by the Irish Office of Public Works or OPW. Deer, swans, robins, squirrels, and ducks await around every corner.
The forest pathways boast mature groves of deciduous trees that turn beautiful shades of golds, yellows and browns in the autumn months.
Nature Photography From County Cork:
The calendar was created by Maureen O'Hanlon from Doneraile.
Maureen's daily walks in Doneraile Park have been very fruitful from a photography perspective this year.
The swans were more than happy to cooperate for their photo shoots this year. Look at this spectacular capture.
I love this heart shaped swan pose for February's entry.
What a keen eye you have, Maureen.
Make Time For Nature is a Facebook Page run by Maureen where she shares her amazing photos with all her fans.
Maureen has a lovely sense of perspective when shooting nature photographs. She knows how to set a scene so that it looks its very best.
The animals and wildlife of Doneraile Park must be so accustomed to Maureen that they pay no attention to her when she points her camera their way.
Maureen's photos of Doneraile Park in snow were featured on one of our blog posts a few years back.
Doneraile Park Calendars 2021:
Maureen once again has created a lovely calendar featuring Doneraile Park's finest scenery and wildlife, especially for 2021.
You can take a look at her 2020 calendar here.
Each month showcases the park in the glory of Ireland's changing seasons.
Doneraile Wildlife Park is free to the public and before the crazy year that was 2020 it attracted visitors from far and wide.
Hopefully in 2021 we can once again take a stroll around this lovely place with its many acres of rolling fields and meadows, and woodland trails.
In the meantime, Maureen's gorgeous photographs and quaint scenes of this 18th century park, are a perfect way to celebrate Ireland throughout the coming year.
If we cannot travel in person, then at least we can enjoy images of Ireland on our walls.
Thank you Maureen for all your wonderful work.
Maureen has graciously offered three calendars for Irish American Mom readers to win.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Saturday, December 4th, 2020.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us if you have a favorite park, where you like to wander and recharge your batteries.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 4th, 2020, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Many thanks to everyone for stopping by to check out Maureen's lovely photos and calendars, and a big thank you to Maureen for sharing them with us and for sponsoring this Irish American Mom giveaway.
If you're interested in these calendars you can reach Maureen through her Facebook Page, Make Time for Nature.
UPDATE: WINNERS CHOSEN ON DECEMBER 5TH, 2020
Our winners have been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky readers are ….
Margaret Mary McGowan
I’ll send them an email to arrange mailing of their calendars. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
If Molly could please contact me at [email protected] to arrange prize delivery, that would be wonderful. I think my emails may be going to your spam folder.
And thanks again to Maureen for sponsoring this giveaway.
Stay tuned for many more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: Irish American Mom LLC does not have a business relationship with Maureen O'Hanlon and did not receive any payment for this guest post. I simply like to help small Irish and Irish American businesses and entrepreneurs spread the word about their work
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