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St Patrick’s Well at Ballintubber Abbey in Co Mayo. Our patron saint features strongly in references to Ireland’s holy wells. Photograph: iStock

St Patrick’s Day celebrations will, obviously, be very muted this year, courtesy of the Sars-Cov-2 virus – the new strain of coronavirus. It got me th(...)

Beenkeragh in MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, with Caher Ridge as the backdrop. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Keep your hips loose and your head straight on. Sound advice for kayaking along the Caragh Lake or taking on Ireland’s biggest mountain, and a mantra (...)

A view from the summit of Mullach Glas. A rocky gully providing a route to the top

There is no doubt that the Maamturks Ridge at its fullest extent from Maam Cross to Leenaun in Co Galway, is the most significant mountain challenge i(...)

Locha Chaca from the slopes of Cnoc an Bhráca.

Back in the times when walkers were few and tracks and guide books were fewer, the one great gathering of the year was for ‘The Reeks Walk’. This tes(...)

Binn idir an Dá Log in Connemara, Co Galway

I met a friend of mine recently who was just back from climbing Kilimanjaro. “What was it like?” I said. “Tough,” said he, “but not as tough as the Ma(...)

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

There is a vast array of everyday wonders around this island’s 7,800km rim. With the help of a group of coastal cognoscenti, here are 55 alternatives(...)

Beyond Lough Eighter, I traverse right and upwards to gain the western spur of Caher. Here, it is left for a thigh-burning ascent.

‘I’m told you write.” “I dabble.” “What about?” “Walking mostly” “Not exactly demanding of talent, then?” “I guess not.” “I’m a writer myself.” (...)

In Myles na gCopaleen’s wonderful parody of Gaeltacht autobiography, An Beál Bocht (The Poor Mouth), the narrator, Gaeilgeoir Bonaparte O’Coonassa, de(...)