10 Incredible Images by Rónán McLaughlin.

It is my pleasure to introduce talented Rónán McLaughlin, the latest photographer selected for Picture Ireland. Rónán adds a really unique and informative perspective to the catalogue with his focus on nature and wildlife photography. His astrophotography is pretty special too having captured some incredible scenes at Malin Head.

Here are 10 spectacular images by talented Rónán McLaughlin. You can browse his full gallery of images here.

Humpback Whale & Fastnet, Co Cork
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"Captured here is two of West Cork's most prestigious icons. Humpback whale HBIRL6 'Loopy' first discovered off Loop Head in 1994.

In the distance is the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse."

- Ronan McLaughlin

Airglow & The Tower, Malin Head, County Donegal
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"""We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering."" Carl Sagan

The Milky Way and the 'Tower' at Malin Head. "

- Ronan McLaughlin

Dolphin Showing Off at Malin Head, County Donegal
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"The Bottlenose dolphin is one of the most familiar and abundant dolphin species in Ireland. The Bottlenose dolphin is one of 24 species of cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoise) recorded in Irish waters.

Dorsal fins and tail flukes of Bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans can be marked with scars or bites etc. These markings can be used as 'fingerprints'. On examination of the photographs of the dorsal fins or tail flukes, the images can be ran through the IWDG catalogue and sometimes a match can be found. 

Recently, two of the Dolphins at Malin Head have been identified by this method. It turns out one of our dolphins was originally sighted in Clare in 2007 and another in Mayo in 2011. This type of information is invaluable, as it makes us aware of the movement of these mammals, and helps with the overall conservation and protection of our whales and dolphins."

- Ronan McLaughlin

Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"The north coast of County Antrim, west of Ballycastle, is dominated, from a tourist perspective, by Northern Ireland’s most famous tourist attraction, the bizarre formation of basalt columns at the Giant’s Causeway. On the way, near the town of Ballintoy, there are several pleasant diversions, not least the precarious rope bridge to Carrick-a-rede Island. West of the Causeway, you can sample some whiskey at Bushmills and visit the imposing and well-preserved remains of Dunluce Castle, the stronghold of the local MacDonnell clan.

Port Noffer, pictured here is one of the numerous bays that are indented along this beautiful coastline."

- Ronan McLaughlin

Sunset at Malin Head, County Donegal
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"At Sunset, Nature is painting for us.....day after day....pictures of infinite beauty' John Ruskin.

Sunset from Pracha bends, Malin head Co. Donegal."

- Ronan McLaughlin

Saltee Gannets, Co. Wexford
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

Saltees Gannets, this image appeared on the front page of the Irish Times.

- Ronan McLaughlin

The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"Situated not far from Ballymoney in Co. Antrim is this beautiful avenue of beech trees that was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their home, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become known as the Dark Hedges."

- Ronan McLaughlin

Flying Minke Whale, Co Cork
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"The minke whales is Ireland's smallest baleen whale. Upon reaching sexual maturity (6–8 years of age), males measure an average of 6.9 m (23 ft) and females 7.4 m (24 ft) in length, respectively.

Can be found off much of the Irish coast, however it is rather scarce off the east coast. Not hugely well known for breaching, and something I've only seen on a dozen or so occasions. It was a pleasure to be able to put the lens on this particular individual who continued to breach for at least 30 mins."

- Ronan McLaughlin

Little Skellig, Co Kerry
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

Little Skellig, off the coast of County Kerry.

- Ronan McLaughlin

Viviparous Lizard
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Photographer: Ronan McLaughlin

"There is only one land reptile species native to Ireland, the viviparous or common lizard. It appears to have a widespread distribution across the entire island with coastal, bogland and mountainous areas showing highest numbers of sightings.

A fascinating animal and in my opinion a very underrated member of Ireland's fauna, this is one of those occasions that you do not so much as breath taking a photograph!"

- Ronan McLaughlin

If you enjoyed this selection of images make sure you take a look at Rónán McLaughlin's full gallery.

- Mark Sheils

Founder, Picture Ireland