Damien Enright

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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Young swallows begging for food, a picture from Birds of The Homeplace, a new hardback by Anthony McGeehan and Julian Wyllie.

Tome on the homeplace of birds

THERE’S so much we don’t know about birds. For example, the diets of blackbirds and song thrushes are radically different, although they belong to the same family. 

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Me and my new friend out picking blackberries

A hound was happy to fall into step with me on a recent walk — and to share some of the blackberries I paused to pick along the way.

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Walking and using sticks go hand in hand

West Cork woodland takes on the appearance of a jungle in the Chilean highlands with Orange-bark myrtles growing to 50 or more feet in height, and wild-seeding themselves on the forest floor.

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Walk of the week: Cathedral ruins lie on Ardmore route

ARDMORE-GOAT ISLAND, WATERFORD. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Countryside is bursting with life after our long summer

OUR local bay is less green this summer than any summer since the seasonal sea lettuce began a scourge a decade ago.

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