10 of the best plants for pots

10 of the best plants for pots

Award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw share 10 of the best container plants. By Hannah Stephenson.

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First rule of fairy gardens? There are no rules

First rule of fairy gardens? There are no rules

We need a little magic now more than ever, writes Kya deLongchamps

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Islands of Ireland: Whiddy in the same boat

Islands of Ireland: Whiddy in the same boat

This time last year Whiddy Island in West Cork was bustling with people who had caught the ferry for the short trip from Bantry to ramble the island’s boreens ...

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Damien Enright: Merciless predation on the beaches of Gomera

Damien Enright: Merciless predation on the beaches of Gomera

Gomera is always replete with stories to tell, and this week is no exception.

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Richard Collins: Adaptable sparrow — the ultimate home bird

Richard Collins: Adaptable sparrow — the ultimate home bird

Denis Summers-Smith, the sparrow expert, died on the 5th of May last at the age of 99.

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Donal  Hickey: Our parks need boost of green energy

Donal Hickey: Our parks need boost of green energy

One of the good things emerging from the coronavirus crisis is that so many people have come to appreciate the value of parks, open public spaces, forests and walks ...

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Magical maple holds us spellbound

Magical maple holds us spellbound

We are all slowing our pace and appreciating the wonders around us, says Peter Dowdall

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Damien Enright: Community spirit can ensure we pull through - together

Damien Enright: Community spirit can ensure we pull through - together

Last week, I wrote about "small is beautiful" as a key to an improved environment for all living things after this Covid crisis is finally over. As I wrote, I saw, ...

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Richard Collins: Wildlife taking back the streets of our cities

Richard Collins: Wildlife taking back the streets of our cities

Fifty years ago, a fox was spotted in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. The unfortunate animal was chased by local ‘gurriers’. It took refuge ...

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The Islands of Ireland: Cape Clear tells its side of the story

The Islands of Ireland: Cape Clear tells its side of the story

The north pier on Cape Clear has been eerily quiet these last few months as no visitors disembark. The ferry is not unloading boatloads of tourists from Baltimore, ...

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Donal Hickey: Demand for water to soar

Donal Hickey: Demand for water to soar

If the Donegal postman and amateur weather forecaster has it right, we could be in for water shortages in the coming months. Michael Gallagher, who predicted the ...

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Sky Matters: let's hope for clear skies on the summer solstice

Sky Matters: let's hope for clear skies on the summer solstice

The longest day is fast approaching and this year it occurs on Saturday, June 20th.

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Tree-hugging? Meet the Kerry hoteliers who are showing how it's done

Tree-hugging? Meet the Kerry hoteliers who are showing how it's done

Eve Kelliher talks to a dynamic duo with a passion for sustainability at home and in their workplace

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Sustainable gardening: How to make your own compost

Sustainable gardening: How to make your own compost

Peter Dowdall has details on a key ingredient for a sustainable garden

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Donal Hickey: Welcome to the blooming beautiful flowers of May

Donal Hickey: Welcome to the blooming beautiful flowers of May

You’re as welcome as the flowers in May is an old Irish greeting. So, in these times, it gives the heart a much-needed lift to see wild flowers blooming so ...

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Islands of Ireland: Quiet times on Inishbofin

Islands of Ireland: Quiet times on Inishbofin

Inishbofin, Co Galway, has some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country and their silvery sands and turquoise waters are very popular with families whose numbers ...

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Richard Collins: Cocooning is a useful survival strategy in wildlife

Richard Collins: Cocooning is a useful survival strategy in wildlife

COCOON comes from ‘coque’, French for ‘egg shell’. ‘Un oeuf à la coque’ is a boiled egg and ‘se renfermer dans sa ...

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Damien Enright: Nothing sappy about realising good fortune of living here

Damien Enright: Nothing sappy about realising good fortune of living here

It seems that what is damaging the world more than anything else is the extraction and use of fuel for the transport of goods and people. I'm stating the obvious ...

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Island of Ireland: Bere Island a tower of strength

Island of Ireland: Bere Island a tower of strength

A S A symbol of fortitude in the face of a deadly enemy, Helen Riddell’s arresting photograph here of Cloughland Martello Tower on Bere Island captures the ...

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Richard Collins: Employing other species as security guards

Richard Collins: Employing other species as security guards

Geese, sacred to Juno, were kept on the Capitoline Hill in ancient Rome.

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Damien Enright: Splitting the silence of the upper valley in La Gomera

Damien Enright: Splitting the silence of the upper valley in La Gomera

Splitting the silence of the upper valley in La Gomera, the sharp crack of a rifle echoes between the steep, inaccessible scree slopes, patterned in horizontal or ...

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Donal Hickey: Ancient goodness of garlic

Donal Hickey: Ancient goodness of garlic

An old belief in Irish folk medicine was that there’s a plant or herb for every ailment, if you could only find them. And there’s no problem this year ...

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