Manchán Magan: offering at-risk words to anybody willing to care for them, to nourish and nurture them, to slip them into sentences and to named loved ones after them

If you put a baby seal amid adult seals, or a fawn with deer, or a kid with goats, they recognise their mother’s voice instantly and head straight (...)

On a sunny day the coast of Mannin Bay in Connemara is super-saturated, with lime-green grass, blonde sands and water like clear blue gin
Go Walk: Mannin Bay, Co Galway
  • Travel
  • August 8, 2015, 01:00

The Irish landscape is often a lesson in very subtle colours, the hills shifting gradually through browns and beiges, the sky and sea often grey. B(...)

Máirtín Ó Cadhain borrowed from all Irish dialects, from Scottish Gaelic, from more than 1,000 years of Irish literature, and would make up words to suit the occasion

I never intended to translate Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille. Nor can I say that it was imposed upon me. It was in my ears for years and yonks be(...)

Go Walk: Omey Island, Co Galway
  • Travel
  • January 10, 2015, 15:00

For years, Omey Island seemed a near-mythical place to me. Despite exploring much of the Connemara coast I had never been to this tidal island, whi(...)

Cartographer and author Tim Robinson photographed at Roundstone, Co Galway. Photograph: Nicolas Fève

Connemara-based cartographer and writer Tim Robinson is to be honoured for his “unique contribution to Irish literature and landscape” with a series o(...)

Into the west: Tim Robinson in Connemara. Photograph: Brian Farrell

We said goodbye at the gate. His first step took him over the horizon.We stood around his parting footprint.“He must be taller than we thought,” we sa(...)

Uffe Elbaek from the new Danish Political party, Alternativet, and Mary Hawkes Greene, president of the Burren College of Art,  which is  celebrating 20 years as a fine art college in the Burren,  Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Writer and cartographer Tim Robinson once described the Burren as “150 square miles of paradoxes”, and that’s a description that might appeal to Uffe (...)

Biological bric-a-brac: shells and fossils line the shore. Illustration: Michael Viney

The long calms and offshore breezes of this summer have let the sea put back even more of its offshore store of sand than it sucked away last winter –(...)

An aerial view of the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, during an Aer Arann sightseeing flight. Photograph: Andrew Downes

The last time I was on a sightseeing flight, it was in Peru, and my eyes were closed in expensive terror most of the time. I am privately hoping this (...)