Mweelrea: waiting at the top of the bog road for half my lifetime. Illustration: Michael Viney

The mountain looms larger as the air clears for winter. At sunrise its close, dark bulk holds back the glow from the east but sends a hidden shaft of (...)

The State is expected to buy almost 5,000 acres at Glenasmole Valley in the Dublin mountain from Nama. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The State is expected to buy almost 5,000 acres at Glenasmole Valley in the Dublin mountains, currently for sale by the National Asset Management Agen(...)

The Comeraghs: “rugged, rocky and inspiring”. Photograph: Helen Lawless

An Bord Pleanála is due to rule this month on a roadway “bulldozed” into Mahon valley in the Comeragh mountain range without planning permission. A (...)

The Art O’Neill Challenge January 15th-16th A 55km night hike/run out of Dublin into the Wicklow mountains to Glenmalure Biki(...)

The serious erosion on Croagh Patrick has caused concern in recent times. Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayo County Council must “show leadership” and “find the funding” to repair and conserve Croagh Patrick. Speaking at a meeting of West Mayo Municip(...)

Unsightly and dangerously eroded gullies – they hardly qualify as paths – on the sides of Croagh Patrick are monuments to the failure of successive go(...)

Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring:  “After all, Croagh Patrick is an integral part of our spiritual sand cultural heritage and is very important for tourism.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayo County Council is to debate a repair and conservation plan for Croagh Patrick today amid safety concerns caused by the erosion of the mountain. (...)

Pilgrims making their way up Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, which occurs each July. Fr Tony King likened Croagh Patrick to “nature’s greatest cathedral of the west” and said it was “a national shrine of faith, culture and tradition”. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A retired parish priest has called for badly eroded sacred mountain Croagh Patrick to be declared off-limits for many activities until a proper conser(...)

Dublin City University’s Fiontar programme has revolutionised the way in which students relate to the language

There seems to be a general perception that our national language is perpetually on its last legs. But the view from within the Irish-language depa(...)

Walk in a winter wonderland
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  • December 20, 2014, 06:00

Tis the season when even the sun empathises with the national mood and becomes a tardy riser. It is also the time when many of us fantasise about c(...)

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