Peter picture perfect capturing park life

A STUNNING exhibition of photographs captured by Killarney man Peter O’Toole is currently on show in Killarney House and Gardens which is a very appropriate venue as he has just retired after a 40-year career with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

One of Peter O’Toole’s fabulous images

This exhibition, which is open to the public seven days a week, from 9.00am to 5.30pm, is entitled Killarney National Park: A Ranger’s View and it features photographs that highlight his love of nature and his eye for a great photo opportunity.

It was officially launched by Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

Nature was always a part of Peter’s life growing up in Killarney where his father and grandfather introduced him to the lakes and hills. In June 1980, he secured his dream job as a park constable and he was later given the title conservation ranger.

A dramatic landscape captured by Peter in the national park

Peter got to know the 26,000 acres of Killarney National Park intimately with his expertise focused on the management of the red deer, woodland conservation and the ongoing control of the invasive rhododendron.

“Several years ago I took up landscape photography and this has given me the opportunity to capture the beauty of Killarney throughout the seasons of the year,” said Peter.

“All my images are taken in the area of Killarney National Park and I have found that my accumulated knowledge of the park, along with the use of my boat, allows me to view and capture Killarney’s beauty from a different perspective,” he added.

Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan. Click on individual images for details

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