First-year students Conall Molloy, Cathal Smith, Sam Crawford and Tadhg Savage in the urban farm on Belvedere College rooftop. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Belvedere College is in one of the most urban locations in Ireland but that hasn’t stopped the boys’ school from starting a farm on its rooftop. The D(...)

 Oyster mushrooms being grown by Andrew Douglas of Dublin’s Urban Farm and Mushroom City in Dublin. Photograph: Richard Johnston
A lab in the dark

If you’ve ever gone foraging for wild mushrooms, then you might agree with me when I say that it’s an experience loaded with more than just the occasi(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/ Irish Times Premedia

‘It got shut down.” This is a common statement in Dublin when it comes to alternative spaces for cultural use. But what does it mean? Dublin City Coun(...)

Andrew Douglas with one of the feathered residents of  the  Urban Farm he set up on a Dublin rooftop last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The hens cluck contentedly and peck at the ground in their enclosure. Nothing unusual there, apart from one thing. Their hen house is on the roof of a(...)