Slieve Blooms

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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(...)

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)

Arderin, Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co Laois Start From the village of Camross, Co Laois, follow the signs for Glend(...)

Walk in a winter wonderland
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  • December 20, 2014, 06:00

Tis the season when even the sun empathises with the national mood and becomes a tardy riser. It is also the time when many of us fantasise about c(...)

Snowy conditions  in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Summer is for the outdoors. Then, as the sun becomes a late riser, most of us sadly retreat fireside. Sure you’d be crazy to go rambling with all t(...)

What is it with the Irish highlands and the Devil? Among an abundance of demonic upland appellations is the Devil’s Coachroad in the Mourne Mountai(...)

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