Donal Hickey

A Clouded Yellow on the horizon

AMONG the unusual visitors brought by fine weather to our shores is the Clouded Yellow butterfly.

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Deer and the laws of attraction

THERE’S a lot of talk about the possibilities reintroduced golden and white-tailed eagles create for attracting tourists to the west coast, but what about animals that have been here thousands of years?

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Cork heritage open day

Heritage at our doorstep

ISN’T it ironic that in a world that’s becoming truly ’’global’’ because of the communications revolution, at the same time interest in what’s local seems to be intensifying. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Ireland shows its beauty in sunny weather

A BRILLIANT summer to date will reach a high point this bank holiday weekend with tens of thousands of people on holidays, and those not on holidays taking to the outdoors to enjoy beaches, forests, parks, mountains and lakes.

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Waste can be a hazard in the home

IT’S probably fair to say that most of us have more hazardous waste in our homes than we realise. A cursory peep into the medicines cabinet in the average home will most likely reveal bottles, capsules and packets of tablets with an expired use-by date. <

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A new life for uisce beatha

THAT jovial, time-honoured phrase, "one for the road", could be given an entirely new meaning if scientists working on by-products from whiskey-making have their way.

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Rhodo, a pretty big problem

SCARCELY a week passes without news of yet another invasive species, plant or animal, reaching our shores.

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Probing the mysteries of life

"Looking through a porthole at the sea, we are surrounded on all sides by vast horizons. No one would believe the wonders and beauty that lie below in the colossal Whittard Canyon.’’

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Wild Atlantic Way rules

RECENTLY, for the umpteenth time, RTÉ again screened the David Lean epic, Ryan’s Daughter, filmed in the Dingle Peninsula, in 1969/’70.

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Accidents up as deer figures rise

THERE are regular warnings from wild deer organisations that Ireland’s deer population is declining. However, we also hear the opposite story from farmers, road users and other observers — that deer are becoming quite numerous and are now seen in areas where they have never previously been.

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Enjoying the Irish landscape

MANY of us will take the opportunity this bank holiday weekend to get out and enjoy Ireland in bloom, for we are now in probably the premium time of year for viewing the wonders of nature.

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Landscape shaped by the potato

PEOPLE who grow potatoes are proudly taking note these days as strong stalks signal a healthy crop of "earlies’’.

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Food waste converted into fuel

THIRTY per cent of food purchased by households in Ireland is wasted, so we need new methods of its disposal.

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Wind farm strategy all at sea?

EXPERTS tell us Ireland has the best ocean wind and wave power in Europe, so why then are developers pressing ahead with controversial wind farms on land? A mindset objecting to turbines and overland pylons — similar to the public mood opposing dumps in the past — is growing, with communities up in arms around the country.

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Towns go with the flow

A RIVER flowing through a town should, you might expect, be seen as an advantage — not only for its beauty and environmental value, but also for very practical reasons.

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Bloomin’ invasive plants

IT’S the time of year when the rhododendron blooms, standing out from most other plants in all its deep red, purple and cerise splendour. The rhodo looks magnificent and little wonder that it get a mention in romantic songs. However, the wild rhodo is in a category of plants with a bad name: “invasive species’’ that were brought into the country.

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