Season of mellow fruitfulness brings beautiful vistas

The season of mellow fruitfulness again swings round, the sun grows yellow, and the sky, when blue, is sharp and clear.

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High-rise fish hold solutions

It may sound like a tall order, but the solution to rows about ocean-based fish farms could well be up in the sky. 

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Roadway massacre for billions of insects

‘And when white moths were on the wing, and moth-like stars were flickering out, I dropped the berry in a stream, And caught a little silver trout’

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Discover the lighthouse that never was

Compared with the west coast, the south coast has a mere smattering of islands. From Hook Head in Co Wexford to Cape Clear in Co Cork, there are a few clusters of islands at Glandore, Cork Harbour, and Kilmore Quay, writes Dan MacCarthy

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Wildflower meadow is nature at its photographic best

The Castlehaven wildflower show was displaying in glorious Technicolor last Sunday, only better than any camera lens or Photoshop could contrive, writes Damien Enright

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Fishkills on the increase

The sight of hundreds of dead fish, killed by pollution, has always angered us. Caused by human activity, it shows contempt for water, wildlife, and amenities used by the public, writes Donal Hickey

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The difference between Moorhens and Coots

The moorhens and coots, of lakes and ponds, are easy to tell apart. Waterhens have bright red bills with yellow tips, and some white on their tail feathers, writes Richard Collins

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CLODAGH FINN: The joy of berry-picking blurs urban-rural divide

Blackberry season is one of the few times of year when it’s clear that you can’t banish nature from the city, even though we try, writes Clodagh Finn.

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A heavenly display in the autumn sunlight

Peter Dowdall says ‘Heavenly Blue’ catches the autumn sunlight like a stage actor hogging the spotlight

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Catch a cough in the garden kill a cough from the garden

 Fiann Ó Nualláin looks at the natural ways to suppress, expel, or just sooth a cough

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The Islands of Ireland: If island voices could speak

This week Dan MacCarthy visits Inishmurray off the coast of County Sligo

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Where I sported and played ’neath each green leafy shade

A Cork resident wrote to me about Cork city planners apparent shortsightedness in asphalting over the city’s green spaces, writes Damien Enright

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Thoughts turn to accounts of historic seal spots

The discovery of a bearded seal at Timoleague recently, prompts renewed interest in early records, writes Richard Collins

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Blackberry picking a noble art

The blackberry is very much part of folk and rural traditions, writes Donal Hickey

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Watch: There's a buzz in Ballyvourney with the success of a new beekeeping co-operative

Rosaí McCarthy is flushed with the success of a new beekeeping co-operative in Ballyvourney, Cork

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Bee products make for healthy food and fine cosmetics

Mary O’Riordan looks at how the products of beehives are not only healthy to eat, but are a staple in cosmetic manufacturing, too

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Any kind of legumes will make for an ideal green manure

Planting a green crop and digging it back into the soil can be done before autumn, says Fiann Ó Nualláin

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A little work in winter will pay off for your garden next year

Peter Dowdall says putting in the groundwork in winter can pay big dividends the following year   

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Birds returning to make Ireland home

While eagles and kites were being reintroduced to Ireland, buzzards organised their own recolonisation, writes Richard Collins. 

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Delights of the humble spud

Digging your own potatoes and serving up “balls of flour’’ on the kitchen table, an hour later, is a special kind of experience that’s becoming all too rare in Ireland, with the one-time staple food being gradually forsaken in recent years, writes Donal Hickey. 

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Lambay Island’s avenue of mysteries

Many Irish islands have unique attributes: Clare Island in Co Mayo has rare medieval frescoes; Dursey Island in Co Cork has Ireland’s only cable car; and Tory Island in Co Donegal has a king. However, not many islands have several unique attributes that make them stand apart like a beacon in the night, write Dan McCarthy. 

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Yellow and green glory in your late summer garden

Stunning Inula magnifica will make a great addition to the late summer garden, says Peter Dowdall

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