Cillian Roden

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Few plants can beat the rose for its intensity and richness of scent plus the sensuous beauty of its blooms. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Is a summer garden truly a summer garden without roses? Many would say it’s not. Certainly, few plants can beat the rose for its intensity and richnes(...)

The 'pale pellucid green' of Lough Carra was remarked upon in 1906 by Ireland’s most famous botanist Robert Praeger. Things have changed since then due to nutrient enrichment. Photograph: Lynda Huxley

Two yellow brimstone butterflies led us down to the shore at the northeast end of Lough Carra in Co Mayo. As if on cue, the sun came out just as we re(...)

 What makes the stonewort “starry” are white clusters of tiny bulbils studding its stems like star-shaped earrings. Picture: Michael Viney

At the end of a summer free of fierce winds or peaty floods, the waters of the Shannon’s great Lough Derg are at their clearest, though still tawny en(...)

Johnaí “Dubh” Clochartaigh harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sea Thong. Cat’s Tail. True Sloke. Sting Winkle. Confined to bed in a New York hospital some decades ago, a west of Ireland man busied himself with m(...)

Irish lakes are home to rare plants and fauna that few nonsnorkelers will ever see. Illustration: Michael Viney

An ecologist friend spends much of his working life in a neoprene wetsuit, floating face-down with mask and snorkel on Ireland’s lakes and lagoons. He(...)