Germany’s Joyce: The Goethe monument in Frankfurt. Photograph: AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

Goethe is to Germany what Shakespeare is to England or James Joyce to Ireland, a towering literary figure and the author of scores of poems, plays and(...)

Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’ Photograph:   Richard Johnston

It was the famous English plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll who described the June garden as “the time of perfect young summer . . . with as yet no sign to(...)

Dismissed by many as just so much silly hocus-pocus but fervently endorsed by others, the biodynamic practice of gardening in accordance with the rhy(...)

 Cáit Curran gathering herbs in her garden. “People think you are out of your mind but look at how the moon has an influence on our tides.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Time was when waxing and waning moons governed food sowing and growing and many farmhouses had a lunar calendar hanging from a kitchen wall. Yet when (...)

The movement babies experience by lying on the floor, waving their arms and legs in the air, is essential to their development. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s endearing the way newborn babies fling their arms out when somebody closes a door too loudly, in what is known as the “startle” reflex. And the (...)

Dubai Left Panel 1 by Clare Langan, from her exhibition The Floating World

The Floating World – Clare Langan Visual Centre, Carlow **** If you were asked to sum up Clare Langan’s The Floating World in three wo(...)

Carlow has gone all starry-eyed of late, thanks to the group exhibition Cosmic Dust, curated by Emma-Lucy O’Brien, which looks at how we orient our(...)

‘Beaming down the bog’: sunrise on Mweelrea, Co Mayo. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first real day of spring is when the mountain moves out of the way of the sun. Freed from Mweelrea’s flank last week, it beamed down the bog to wr(...)

Barrie Cooke at the opening night of his exhibition in the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin in 2007. Photograph: Fran Veale

Artist Barrie Cooke has died in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, on Tuesday evening. Born in Cheshire, England, in 1924, he w(...)