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Camping   on the Ring of Kerry. You might be surprised how much you enjoy a few nights of wild camping far away from civilization. Photograph: iStock

With the ending of lockdown, and the easing of restrictions, the idea of venturing into the world again is enough to make most of us giddy. A wal(...)

Wild Nephin. Photograph: Sam Birch

The word wilderness is evocative – conjuring up a potent mix of wonder, fear and even nostalgia in what is an increasingly urbanised world. But the co(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

The Waterford Greenway runs for 46km along the old railway line from Dungarvin to Waterford city

Portumna Forest Park Portumna, Co Galway; free; coillte.ie These 450 hectares of woodland offer so much more than just lush walking trails. The f(...)

Castlecomer Discovery Park, in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

GET BACK TO NATURE Dublin City Farm St Anne’s Park, Raheny; free; dublincityfarm.com Dublin County Council’s first urban farm has only been open(...)

Photograph: Ronan Melia, via Getty Images

The days are getting shorter and alas we must all concede that the amazing summer of 2018 has come to an end. But there’s no need to get too morose ab(...)

The investment includes €460 million earmarked for priority projects at national cultural institutions including the National Library. Photograph: Frank Miller

Investment of almost €1.2 billion in culture, heritage and Irish language works over the next decade will be announced on Tuesday as part of Project I(...)

View from Ballycroy, Erris, Co Mayo: New Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan said the expansion addressed a long-standing strategy to “align key environmental assets”. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Wilderness is something Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring knows a bit about after 23 years in politics. However, the relative(...)

Winds batter the coast as Storm Ophelia hits the Co Clare town of Lahinch on Monday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The west coast escaped the worst of Storm Ophelia, with spot flooding and trees felled, but up to 7,300 homes and businesses in parts of Galway and Ma(...)

The vast uninhabited wilderness dominated by the Nephhin range held me entranced.

My offering this week comes from the lobby of the Westport Woods Hotel, where I have laid claim to the most comfortable armchair. My justification is(...)

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