I LOVE the way children see things from a completely different perspective. Take this question sent in by six year old Ted….Read article
INISHEER; Inishere; Inis Oírr; Inis Oirthir; Inis Thiar. It’s no wonder Irish people get confused about the name of this utterly beautiful Co Galway island, let alone tourists. Maybe that’s part of the attraction. Well, nothing wrong with having five or more names.Read article
IT WAS pleasant indeed to be rafting down the River Vltava in Bohemia in Czech Republic of a Sunday afternoon, so pleasant that some of us said that, one day, we’d paddle all the way to the Elbe and across Germany to the North Sea, writes Damien EnrightRead article
IT’S AN upland landscape that has inspired poets and traditional musicians for centuries, but it could soon be dominated by lofty wind turbines, writes Donal HickeyRead article
IN the 1950s, new hotels sprang up along the Costa Brava, the “wild coast”. Sleepy little fishing towns became household names overnight, as hordes of package holiday-makers descended on them. The beaches still draw the crowds but visitors nowadays want more than sea and sand.Read article
Peter Dowdall extols the virtues of lavender, which when in full bloom comes alive with the buzzing of bees and butterflies, and fills the air with an aroma which can’t truly be replicated.Read article
Fiann Ó Nualláin meets best-selling author James Wong ahead of his ‘Grow-for-flavour’ seminars in Carlow.Read article
The huge North American ‘elk’ is also known as the ‘wapiti’ (‘white rump’ in the Cree language).Read article
It’s the time of year when everything is blooming. Wild plants in flower dress every rural lane in gay profusion, plants we never see at other times of year.Read article
Did you know that some of our visiting summer birds engage in a form of cruise control and sleep while flying? Just one of the nuggets of information from readers following our piece last week on swallows, swifts and martins.
From the shore at Quilty in Co Clare, Mutton Island looks a flat, unappealing line. Great as a place to land if your boat is in trouble, but to visit there looks uninspiring.Read article
Peter Dowdall says the West Cork Garden Trail offers inspiring examples of community work
Bees are not the only pollinators under threat, with butterfly populations falling worldwide, writes Fiann Ó NualláinRead article
Dutch bulb experts share top tips for maintaining your garden. Hannah Stephenson reportsRead article
FRIDAY, June 30, was an exceptional day here on the southwest coast, a day of clear, bright sunlight and gales, writes Damien EnrightRead article
HAVING tried for years to work out exactly the differences between three quite similar migrant birds, I enlisted the help of BirdWatch Ireland, of late, writes Donal HickeyRead article
WHAT wildlife would Don Quixote de la Mancha and Sancho Panza have encountered on their famous foray all those years ago, asks Richard CollinsRead article
A strategic mix of colours, from purple and mauve to orange/yellow, livens up a garden, says Peter DowdallRead article
Valerie O’Connor extols the virtues of courgettes, which she says are the fruit that just keeps on givingRead article
Mary O’Riordan writes on the travails of the beekeeper when swarming causes the loss of a hive of bees and a crop of honeyRead article
Fiann Ó Nualláin says the Carlow Garden Festival has something for all interestsRead article
Inishtrahull Island, Malin Head, Co Donegal, the most northerly point of the country and the last
sign of Ireland that most who emigrated to America from Derry ever saw.
The introduced animals were bred from wild ones captured in Scotland. A further 350 voles will be released later this year. To enhance genetic diversity, they will come from a different source population.
While some people regard the fox as a pest and an unwanted predator, the animal can keep down the rabbit, mice, and rat populations.
I’ve just been writing a letter to a German painter whom I met on a long trip outdoors last February; some readers may recall my dispatches from Namibia and the Kalahari Desert, writes Damien Enright.Read article
Fiann Ó Nualláin says prevention is key when fighting to keep spoiling spores at bayRead article
For bedding plant displays, when it comes to colour there is no right and wrong, writes Peter Dowdall
Valerie O’Connor is at the start of the courgette glut and this week she foregoes the ubiquitous spiraliser in favour of chuny chips and delicious deep-fried flowers
FOR much longer than millennia, islands have been a source of intrigue, writes Dan MacCarthy. Someone gazes out from the mainland wondering: “What is out there?”Read article