What amazes friends and neighbours who comment on the bearded seal that was identified in Courtmacsherry Bay early this month is that it has been resident here for up to two years.Read article
ONE of the many ironies of Irish life is that most people — 97%, according to an EU Commission survey — agree we have a responsibility to protect nature.
The huge North American ‘elk’ is also known as the ‘wapiti’ (‘white rump’ in the Cree language). It was treated as a race of the red deer until DNA analysis suggested that it be deemed a distinct species. The Japanese sika deer, introduced to Wicklow and Killarney, is a close relative.Read article
Peter Dowdall meets the top man at one of Britain’s most visited National Trust estates, the sometime TV presenter, Cork’s Alan PowerRead article
Eating apples at this time of year is a real boon to health. Fiann Ó Nualláin says it’s well worth growing your own — chemical-freeRead article
goes to the opening of a new cookery school at the East Clare Community Co-Op in Scariff, where she discovers a vibrant and enterprising community spirit that makes her enthusiastic for similar ventures throughout the countryRead article
Though there are very few inhabitants on Gola Island in Co Donegal the welcome at the pier is nonetheless encouraging, writes Dan MacCarthyRead article
According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scotland’s capercaillies are in trouble; their numbers are falling relentlessly and, if effective measures aren’t taken, extinction looms, writes Richard CollinsRead article
WE’RE told the future of the planet depends on food production being in harmony with nature and the environment as well as on new ways of generating energy and reducing waste, writes Donal HickeyRead article
It was Willie O’Driscoll, a farmer of Kilbrittain, who first saw it — although he didn’t identify it — and first told me about it, the big seal that, over the previous 18 months, he’d regularly noticed relaxing on the shores of Courtmacsherry Bay.Read article
Peter Dowdall takes a walk around the blooming Castle gardens this week, where the borders are summer-blowsy.Read article
Fiann Ó Nualláin offers advice on how to protect your plants from heat stress and heavy rains during summerRead article
Fruit and vegetables are bursting forth. Valerie O’Connor looks at the ways to make the most of this time of yearRead article
Dan MacCarthy talks us through the Saltee Islands, named by Viking seafarers.Read article
Damien Enright’s regular visitor to this column, ’his’ heron, returns...Read article
DON’T use the weather as an excuse. Get out there, says Donal Hickey.Read article
TWO centuries ago, just 3% of the world’s population lived in cities, says Richard Collins.Read article
Peter Dowdall urges caution with certain plants, like anemone, montbretia, which can be invasiveRead article
Fiann Ó Nualláin offers simple, home remedies for prickly heat, heat cramps and heat exhaustion
Fancy going to Paris or Spain for the weekend? They might be closer than you think.
Dolphin and whale-watching continues to grow, and a third of the world’s species have been recorded in Irish waters, a dedicated sanctuary for such fish since 1991 and the first in Europe.
It was a lovely evening when we landed at Cork Airport, home from our family reunion, this year in the Czech Republic, writes Damien Enright.Read article
Driving at night, you may glimpse a badger dazzled by the car headlights. Otherwise, this creature of the night is seldom seen, writes Richard Collins.
Fiann Ó Nualláin looks at how you can allergen-proof your garden in plant and design choicesRead article
Peter Dowdall reviews a Bloom garden based on a sculptor whose work is a bit of a mesh.Read article
Valerie O’Connor on how to make the most of beans whether it’s with beer or burgers — even if the weather doesn’t play its partRead article