John G O Dwyer

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The Causeway Coastal Path stretches 52 exhilarating kilometres from Ballycastle to Portstewart.

It is shaping up to be another year for staycationing. Despite tantalising glimpses of the sunny uplands promised by Covid vaccines, many will not fee(...)

Set a challenge: how many insects can the kids find and identify? Photograph: FatCamera/E+/Getty

Whether you live in a flat or on a farm, there are lots of ways to explore and discover close to home, from a mini-beasts safari to brushing up you(...)

Winter walks

Hiking in the outdoors is a great way of staying in shape, and a well-proven gateway to a healthy and positive lifestyle. At summer’s end however, man(...)

The closure of O’Dwyers shop in Boherlahan, Co Tipperary, after 70 years of familly ownership will render the parish a less attractive place to live or work.

Last month an era for a Co Tipperary parish ended. Eddie and Helen O’Dwyer retired as proprietors of the local shop, and the family name disappeared f(...)

People out walking in Wicklow with Lough Dan in the background. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Almost three decades ago I visited Kerry’s unforgettable Skellig Michael for the first time. Leaping ashore after an exhilarating ocean crossing, I fo(...)

The Galtees, Tipperary   Start point: From the south Tipperary village of Bansha follow signs fo(...)

The Gathering was a good example of innovative thinking that harnessed, at relatively low cost, a latent pool of energy and goodwill in Irish communities. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In the 1960s Ireland was a recognised ground-breaker in tourism development, creating renowned innovations from duty-free shopping to medieval banquet(...)

 Glendalough: “Next Easter there is an opportunity for the people of Ireland to heed the age-old siren call of our ancient paths and reconnect with our common Christian heritage.”  Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Last summer, in this column, I recounted a penitential journey I completed from Slemish Mountain to Skellig Michael when researching my book, Pilgrim (...)

Holy Cross: the abbey on the banks of the Suir, in the village of Holycross. Photograph: IIC/Axiom/Getty

It is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, yet the surrounding area has, so far, gained little from tourist spend. Recent Fáilte Ireland figures(...)

Imagine celebrating our national feast day, not in March, but in high summer. Hard to visualise the occasion with bikinis, barbecues and beach badmint(...)

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