WINNING IMAGE: Seamus Long from Barraduff was delighted to learn his stunning image was featured on RTE weather bulletins and has been chosen to appear in the 2020 RTE weather calendar. Photo: Michelle Crean




By Michelle Crean


A stunning image taken by a Barraduff man, featuring a young deer during sunrise, was this week featured on national television.

Seamus Long, who is a founding member of Killarney Camera Club, was thrilled to learn his creative shot captured in one of Killarney’s most beautiful locations was featured on RTE weather bulletins and chosen as the winner of the RTE Weather Autumn Photo Competition.

It was shown at the beginning of all weather forecasts on RTE One on Monday and will also feature in the RTE Weather Calendar for 2020, which will be available in the RTE Guide this month.

Seamus took the stunning image on September 14 and just entered the competition in time – the evening the competition was closing. It was taken down at the lower lake in Lough Lein at 7.45am, shortly after sunrise.

And he says he almost didn’t enter it into the competition.

“My wife Josephine brought it to my attention a few weeks before when she saw it in

the RTE Guide,” Seamus told the Killarney Advertiser.

“That day she left the RTE Guide out for me with that page open and I entered it that evening.”

Seamus said that he was pleasantly surprised last Saturday when he received an email from weather presenter Nuala Carey.

“I was delighted. I was really surprised.”

He added that he was patient that morning to try to get that perfect shot.

“There was nice early light. You have to be patient when trying to get the perfect shot.”

Killarney Camera Club are looking for new members and are inviting the public to attend their Open and Introductory Night on November 7, in the Killarney Heights Hotel at 7.30pm.