Sky's the limit with Peter Dowdall

Observing the colourful winter garden is an uplifting experience, says Peter Dowdal.

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3 pests and diseases that could threaten your potato crop – and how to stop them

Hannah Stephenson looks at three common problems which can devastate your crops.

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Damien Enright: Man is killing the planet, but can his ingenuity save it?

BATS in their thousands are falling from the trees, a million dead fish are floating belly-up in the river, skeletal wild horses lie desiccated in the dust. There ...

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The Islands of Ireland: Sanctuary at Harper’s Island

To the charge that Harper’s Island in Cork Harbour, with its three points of contact to the ‘mainland’, is not an island, the rebuttal affirming ...

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Donal Hickey: When does spring begin?

THOSE of us of a certain vintage can clearly remember learning by heart a poem by Antaine Ó Raifteirí that runs: ‘Anois teacht an earraigh/beidh ...

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Richard Collins: Important to get our claws into animal subspecies

Irish dippers and jays, isolated on this wet windy island for millennia, have developed ‘Irish solutions to Irish problems’; they are now significantly ...

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5 ways gardeners can help with the war on plastic

From reusing pots to getting creative, there’s lots green-fingered types can do to help cut plastic waste, writes Hannah Stephenson.

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Richard Collins: Man’s best friend our hunting partner

There are about 450,000 dogs in Ireland and, according to one guesstimate, over 500 million worldwide, writes Richard Collins.

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Invasive snakes threaten native lizard species on Ibiza

Snakes never reached Ireland. writes Damien Enright. Islands often escape them — New Zealand, Newfoundland, Iceland and Greenland have no snakes nor, until ...

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Islands of Ireland: Star-crossed lovers of Trinity

The islands of Lough Key, Co Roscommon, are heavily wooded with the usual suspects: oak, beech, elm, holly, writes Dan MacCarthy.

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Donal Hickey: Habitat decline hits birds

Last week’s column on the impact of modern farming on wildlife brought reaction from a number of readers who also felt the Bride River Project, in east Cork ...

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Divide and conquer in the garden with Peter Dowdall

Knowing when to divide herbaceous plants can be key to a lovely garden, says Peter Dowdall.

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Pretty flamingoes and Ibiza hounds all in a day’s stroll

I’ve set about exploring the fauna of the island. Species are few compared to Ireland but, as always with wild things, be they plants by the wayside, birds ...

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Take flight to the ‘Jurassic’ without the hype

Jurassic Skies: When Dinosaurs took to the Air, a new exhibition at the National Museum in Dublin’s Collins Barracks, explores the evolution of flight. It’s ...

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Is farming killing off wildlife?

A person returning to Ireland after, say, 40 years abroad would be amazed at the vast changes in the landscape since the 1970s.

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Islands of Ireland: Vanishing on Inishbofin

Welcome to the other Inishbofin, much smaller than its Co Galway namesake.

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It’s time to think (and grow) local

Peter Dowdall highlights two businesses offering plant seeds best suited to conditions here in Ireland.

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Temperatures are plummeting: 5 reasons to love the cold weather

Here’s how to make the best of a cold situation.

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The dos and don’ts of being a vegan gardener

Committed vegan and gardening expert Matthew Appleby shares some of his top tips. By Hannah Stephenson.

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Donal Hickey: Troubled bottled waters

One of the most notable marketing success stories — not to mention changes in consumer habits — in recent decades has been the large-scale consumption ...

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Damien Enright: Happily 'Ron' knows nothing of danger we have put him in

Carbon in the atmosphere is creating climate change. We all know this, writes Damien Enright.

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Richard Collins: Species doing their best to put up with us

We are the neighbours from Hell, as far as wild creatures are concerned, writes Richard Collins.

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Islands of Ireland: Death of a chieftain at Lough Hyne

Perspective. From a kayak in front of Castle Island in the famous waters of Lough Hyne, West Cork, the ruins of a castle are evident. Barely, writes Dan MacCarthy.

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Fixing leeks in the cold snap

Chilly weather can sweeten or mellow some winter vegetables, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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How some home truths can help save the planet

By nurturing our gardens and ‘rewilding’ our own spaces, we can help save the planet, says Peter Dowdall.

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