Damien Enright

Nature is out of joint, o cursed spite I was born to set it right

The soil is warming with the sun, writes Damien Enright

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Exploding dolphins not the best way to dispose of carcass

A dead dolphin at Broadstrand, Seven Heads, West Cork, carried in on a high tide and now above the tideline, so not likely to be carried out again. It’s a big animal, rotund and heavy. It’s on a popular walking route: what’s to be done?

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Darling buds of May have us licking our lips

DURING the month of the scaraveen (discussed extensively by Donal Hickey on this page last week) “rough winds” did indeed “shake the darling buds of May”, as Shakespeare so perfectly described the emerging blossom, and its annual rout, some 400 years ago.

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Title of prettiest bird has many competitors

BIRDS are quick to exploit any new food sources. The other afternoon, a beautiful May day, we spotted an egret fishing in a small stream inland from Clogheen Marsh, near Clonakilty in West Cork, where two shelduck were feeding in a flooded meadow, writes Damien Enright

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Tales of zombies and dead dead in western hemisphere

A COUPLE of years ago I wrote about a fuzzy-haired Czech professor with a head full of brains who had discovered a virus that could get into a human mind and make its owner reckless, writes Damien Enright

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Damages award a set back for walkers in Ireland

Earlier this month the walking community in Ireland was greatly alarmed to learn that a woman, who slipped and cut her knee on a boardwalk when walking The Wicklow Way, was awarded €40,000 damages against the National Parks & Wildlife Service who had installed it, writes Damien Enright

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No country for old men... or any rural person for that matter

The countryside is closing down, the village shops, post offices and pubs closing their doors and the citizens without cars left grocery-less and drink-less. 

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A fine meal made from hare found on the road

After midnight, driving home from Cork Airport — the last leg of our 15 hour journey from La Gomera, a small island off Tenerife in the Canary Islands — we came upon a fortunate, if regrettable, treat.

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Spring bursting into life along clifftops of home

BACK on the ground — back on the Holy Ground, that is — I head for the woods and the cliffs that I know so well just to see how nature is progressing in early spring 2016, in Ireland, writes Damien Enright

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A king’s ‘ramson’ wouldn’t keep me from West Cork

IT’S goodbye to La Gomera and the canaries, their bubbling morning song from the fruit trees when we stayed in a friend’s house in the mountains, and from our neighbour Gerardo’s spacious aviary when we dwelt in the valley, writes Damien Enright.

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Hawks in flock — a sight to set birders’ hearts racing

Great excitement on the phone last Sunday morning, communicated via Skype from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by two friends of ours, British long-term residents there.

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How I hooked up with a beautiful bonito on La Gomera

THE other morning, I was down at the pier in Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera, when a two-man open fishing boat pulled in, brimming with bonito (Sarda sarda), 50cm long, tuna-like fish as beautiful as their name (which means “beautiful”).

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Carnival is over and long hot summer in Ireland awaits

Here in La Gomera, and throughout Spain, the Burial of the Sardine is over, and the end of Lent is celebrated with ‘Carnaval’, writes Damien Enright

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Trumpeting the wonders of snorkelling in La Gomera

In La Gomera, below the giant manta ray, a trumpet fish swirled and swam, slowly and gracefully, like a Disney creature, write Damien Enright. 

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Time-honoured traditions stretching to the Caribbean

Years ago, here, the ould fellas in this Canarian valley used to wear soft hats — like Irish farmers’ Sunday hat, but grey — and carry large knives at their belts, and have bloodstains on their shirts, or so they seemed.

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Our tinkering with cycles is driving our country over the cliff

Our tinkering with cycles that had stood the test of millennia has left entire populations, cultures and ecologies marooned on extinction’s floodplain, writes Damien Enright

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As Irish fields drown, island terraces in the Canary Islands parched

IN ALMOST every email I’ve received from Ireland, the UK, or Scotland for the last three months, my correspondents mention somewhere that the rain is beating on the windows as they write, writes Damien Enright

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Paddleboarder a witness to the plastification of oceans

A friend of my son’s here on the Canary Island of La Gomera, a bank official about 35 years old, is regularly to be seen standing tall and erect on a large surfboard, propelling himself with a long paddle, along the island’s coasts, writes Damien Enright

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Hillwalkers hit the heights on stunning paths in La Gomera

If Irish walkers keep coming to La Gomera in the numbers that arrived with the Bishopstown Hillwalking Club this week, they’ll wear down the paths and stone-made steps climbing the mountains out of the fecund valleys, routes laid down hundreds of years ago.

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Celebration of life, indoors or out, to be cherished

OUTDOOR music is something we cannot always enjoy in Ireland.

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Ron the heron is stoic in the face of storms

Our grey heron weathers the storms, but then he is much better equipped to do so than we are, writes Damien Enright

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A rhapsody of nature in the Bohemian hinterland

Not an icicle or a snowflake have we seen here in Central Europe since we arrived on December 21. Over Lower Bohemia in the Czech Republic, the skies have been peerless blue and the sun so bright that, in the towns, the cobbled streets shine as if shellacked and I feel the need of sunglasses more than I ever do in Spain.

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