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March sunrise at Counshingaum. Photograph courtesy Paddy Dwan
A cure in the Comeraghs

“Why should I want to go to Africa, or anywhere else?” Paddy Dwan asks, surveying the broad expanse of the Comeragh mountains from a roadside gap betw(...)

Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard wrote, ‘every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness’. Photograph: iStock

“You get old when you stop walking. You don’t stop walking because you get old,” says Shane O’Mara, professor of experimental brain research at Trinit(...)

An emperor dragonfly, the first record of the species within Galway City, resting in the wildflower meadows in Merlin Woods. Photograph: Colin Stanley

“Our report on Merlin Woods was a dusty, academic, boring old plan. The Friends of Merlin Woods have brought it to life. They brought the love to the (...)

View going down Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohill  in Co Kerry. Photograph: iStock

As Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1966, Myles Kinsella, a UCD student, set off alone for an ascent of Ireland’s highe(...)

Field of visions: marsh helleborines flourishing in the Alder Marsh on Bull Island in July. Photograph: Paddy Woodworth

The word “orchid” carries a potent exotic charge, boosted by the large, flashy, tropical species sold in supermarkets. This can create expectations th(...)

John Lewis-Stempel: ‘If you farm with wildlife in mind, and drop the chemicals, you can actually get more productivity but do less harm to the soil and the environment generally. We have only about 100 harvests left if we don’t take care of our soil.’

Nature-writing requires a finely-tuned attentiveness to the natural world, coupled with the inquisitiveness of a scientist and the patience and persis(...)

Award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo says that children have got to feel that nature belongs to them if they are to love and protect it.

Award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo says that children have got to feel that nature belongs to them if they are to love and protect it. (...)

The summit of Carrauntoohil. In 2018, 140,000 recreation seekers entered on to the area from the four main access points, causing greater wear and tear on the mountains and increased dangers

Over three decades ago I ascended Carrauntoohil for the first time. Parking at the traditional start point in Cronin’s Yard, which could then accommod(...)

‘I knew Glencree well, had walked and run those hills. Had made a home there. But my treatment forced me to consider everything differently, more closely’

It is 5am. Outside, in the Wicklow hills, a southwesterly gale blows up the Glencree valley and billows around the house. I am restless. Despite the (...)

Adult whooper swan showing characteristic yellow beak markings. Photograph courtesy of Simon Stirrup

Two contrasting moments at Lough Beg: from a hill in Co Derry, already half-removed for earthworks, giant diggers are heaping up the bed of a new moto(...)

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