Slieve Blooms

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Save the Barrow line committee members Marie Kinsella, Olivia O’Leary and Anne Butler: An Bord Pleanála has rejected a Waterways Ireland plan for a hard surface along the towpath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Broadcaster Olivia O’Leary loves the Barrow, the longest of the Three Sister rivers that rises in the Slieve Blooms and marks the boundary between Kil(...)

A drone captures images of a gorse fire in Sandyford, Dublin. Screen grab: Dublin Fire Brigade video

A break in the weather could be on the horizon by this time next week but rain is by no means certain, Met Éireann has said. “We are going to see ver(...)

A Coillte helicopter takes water to a dam at the top of The Cut road in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

People are again being asked to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Laois and Offaly as firefighting efforts continue on Saturday mo(...)

Rejoining  the Slieve Bloom Way, I encounter a stream known locally as Purcell’s Brook and  a beguiling little weir.

An economist is once reputed to have remarked, “I know this works in practice, but my worry is, will it work in theory?” He might have been referrin(...)

Accessible from all parts of Ireland, the Slieve Blooms are conveniently located along the Laois/Offaly border

This is a special route. The Slieve Bloom mountains have everything: great climbs, great descents, mountains, valleys, pretty villages, waterfalls, fo(...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

A new Fáilte Ireland brand will promote “slow tourism” including walking, cycling and boating routes along an area through the midlands from south Ulster to north Munster. File photograph: Getty Images

A new Fáilte Ireland brand to emulate the successes of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East is to focus on Ireland’s lakelands. The new (...)

“I paused, entranced, to gaze at the mesmerically rushing waters that seem in such a hurry to meet the Atlantic.”

One of Europe’s oldest mountain ranges at 400 million years, the sublimely named Slieve Blooms once soared to Alpine heights. Radically reduced by t(...)

Back in the day, the walled gardens at Tulach Nore had more than 60 fruit trees, and enough soft fruit and vegetable plants to feed the denizens of th(...)

Walks: Slieve Blooms Mountains, Co Laois Start: From Mountrath follow the signs for the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Kinnity. Park at the si(...)

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