Damien Enright

Tree-like columns of Gaudi’s cathedral are a sacred sight

THE WEATHER here in west Cork is much warmer than the weather we left behind in Barcelona. It was evident from the time we stepped off the plane, in Dublin, and headed for Heuston Station, to entrain for the south.

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Marimo moss balls,found on a beach at Schull in west Corkand photographed by a French visitor. This rare species of velvety algae can grow to tennis-ball size. Natives of lakes in Japan and Iceland, they are sometimes kept as pets.

How did marimo end up on a beach in Schull?

Last week, a reader wrote, “Sir, I live in West Cork since four months. I come from Brittany.

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Pet parakeets are now the bothersome birds of Barcelona

OMG, it’s followed us!” I said to my wife as, walking down the graceful Carrer d’Aragó in Barcelona, I suddenly saw a grey heron winging its capacious way over the housetops. 

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Heron is adept at ‘smelling a rat’ and then swallowing it

Damien Enright recalls the day four years ago that he saw a hungry heron swallow a rat whole

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Priceless sprat stocks must be saved now, minister

was outraged as I read an article entitled “Sprat —worthless dead but priceless alive” by Cork Whale Watch skipper Colin Barnes in The West Cork People, my excellent local community newspaper.

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Call of wild brightens up an otherwise grey day

In the darkening evening, I passed a skeletal wood in which the only tree that still wore its crown was a solitary Scots Pine; how it found its way there, amidst beeches and sycamores, I couldn’t guess.

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The changing face of our La Gomera paradise

Last week, my regular column, now in its 25th year, returned to the Outdoor page after appearing in the County supplement since August 2012.

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A young visitor watches as a sizeable manta ray is fed sardines at Vueltas, Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera, Canary Islands. There are fourspecies in the harbour, some up to 3m across.

Ray comes calling for a good dinner

The roads that snakes down to the sea from the escarpment 3,000ft above the Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera, Canary Islands, is already dramatic, with curves, hairpin bends and breathtaking drops all the way.

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Wells may hold a risk

THERE was a time in Ireland when country people felt their drinking water was safe when it came from spring wells. But that was long ago.

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Of oghams, oratories and oh my god views

GALLARUS AND KILMALKEDAR, DINGLE

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VIDEOS: Survival of turtles a tribute to nature’s resilience over our recklessness 

ONE unseasonably grey afternoon during this year’s unusually bright summer, the kilometre-long beach near our West Cork home was deserted but for a single figure in the distance, walking along the top level of the tideline.

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Walk of the Week: Spot with plenty of attractions to boot

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October brings a spectacular season

On 12th of this month we saw cattle standing knee-high in the river cooling off.

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