Though bookies aren’t overly optimistic about the possibility of a white Christmas for Ireland in 2016, snow-lovers continue to keep the dream alive. And while the temperate island on Europe‘s edge may not immediately come to mind as an ideal winter holiday destination, these photographs prove its picturesque rugged landscapes and welcoming cities are equally inviting during the colder months.
An idyllic winter view is reflected back in the glass-like surface of a lake in the glacial valley of Glendalough, County Wicklow.
A lone Irish sheep looks out at a sunset over snow-capped mountains in the distance in rural County Donegal.
Powdery snowflakes collect on the railings of the Georgian buildings in Dublin’s Mountjoy Square during the heavy snow of January 2010.
An excursion to the top of the Wicklow Mountains on a sunny winter’s day affords spectacular views for miles.
The diving pier in Salthill, Galway, on an icy day probably not suited to swimming – but perfect for photography.
An iced-over point on the Royal Canal walking trail in County Kildare, surrounded by a frosty winter landscape.
The pier in the coastal Dublin suburb of Dún Laoghaire – a local’s favourite for a summer evening walk – is just as beautiful in winter.
A horse grazes in the midst of a peaceful wintry scene in the countryside of County Tipperary.
The much-loved St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin draws crowds in summer, but here, all is quiet, with snow in the trees.
The River Sneem in County Kerry is flanked by frost-tipped pines, with a snow-topped mountain range in the background.