Slieve Blooms

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Tractor and trailer haul turf near Ferbane and Boora Bog in Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On a corner of Falsk Bog in Co Offaly, on a breathless day with an unsparing sun, three figures stoop over a huge rectangle of neatly laid out sods. M(...)

Derrynaflan, Co Tipperary

Despite the difficulties of the past year there are plenty of new, exciting attractions around Ireland this summer. Here, we find opportunities to int(...)

Hike one of Ireland's waymarked trails. Photograph: iStock

If you are looking to stay active over the winter months here are a few ideas to get you out the door on a cold day 1. Hike one of Ireland’s waymarke(...)

Skoda’s Enyaq in convoy in Co Laois.

Skoda likes to play the Irish card. Its Celtic roots may be as tenuous as a 1980s Irish soccer international, but it’s fair to say that many here have(...)

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(...)

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