Castlebridge House stands in partial ruin in the village of Castlebridge, near Wexford town. In its former 19th-century pleasure gardens stand the ruins of one the finest rotunda conservatories in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most people now associate flatpacks with Ikea, but the Great Palm House in the National Botanic Gardens was shipped to Dublin in parts and assemble(...)

 Nephin’s nature: wilderness in a modified landscape. Illustration: Michael Viney

There’s a stretch of road in north Mayo, through Bangor Erris to Mulrany, where the sky opens up to twice its normal size and is lighted, at ti(...)