5 fun facts about the poinsettia

Hannah Stephenson discovers some myths and truths about our most popular Christmas plant.

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Park stress in Farranfore for a break in magical Berlin

I went to Berlin last week, a city I’ve never before been to. I’d intended to visit the zoo, although I disapprove of zoos but it’s the biggest ...

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Islands of Ireland: Valour in the jaws of death

On the morning of November 28, 1881, the people of Dursey Island, Co Cork, looked out on the Calf Rock to an extraordinary sight. The tower of the lighthouse was ...

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Wild salmon at risk

Now cheap compared to prices once charged, salmon will be on many tables over Christmas. It will be almost all farmed salmon which is being

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Renegade cattle make bid for freedom

Eight years ago, a small band of cattle made a valiant bid for freedom.

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Room to Improve's Lisa O’Brien: Using a reliable and professional QS is good common cents

Lisa O’Brien tells Kya deLongchamps why quantity surveyors are vital to represent your interests when pursuing your dream building project.

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Time of the year to branch out

Letting Christmas trees go to pot offers wide-ranging and long-lasting festive options, says Peter Dowdall.

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Who are the top dogs among hyenas?

The ‘battle of the sexes’ is human, but do other species engage in it?

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Celebrate the pine marten

Pine martens have rich, brown fur; rounded ears and long, bushy tails. They eat a wide variety of food, including mice and rats, fruit, birds, insects and carrion.

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Beauty and miraculous evolution of avian flight

How extraordinary it is that a creature only minutes hatched from an egg can take to the air.

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Islands of Ireland: The lady of the lake

A musician in Co Donegal lived on Inishfree for around 20 years up to recently.

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Grit yourself for winter: Rooting your plants during wet, freezing conditions

Peter Dowdall offers suggestions on how you can root for your plants during wet, freezing conditions.

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Islands of Ireland: No satisfaction on St Patrick’s

Probably the most famous visitor ever to these shores landed on St Patrick’s Island, Co Dublin — St Patrick himself, writes Dan MacCarthy

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My late buddy: fisherman, banjo man, above all fine man

How neighbourly my neighbours can be — and how universally popular is the heron, Ron, writes Damian Enright

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Donal Hickey: On a wing and a prayer

How do millions of birds travel thousands of kilometres and make a return trip to the same nesting site each year? Maybe they have some sort of hidden satnav that ...

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Climate change may see rise in ticks

Richard Collins An outbreak of what seemed to be rheumatoid arthritis occurred in Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975. Dr Allen Steere of Yale Medical School identified ...

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The right plants can give you a beautiful winter garden

Use the right plants and you can still get a wonderful display through the colder months, writes Peter Dowdall.

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8 ways to help the wildlife in your garden this winter

Our birds, small mammals and insects could use some assistance getting through the colder months. Hannah Stephenson reveals how.

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Crayfish threatened by plague

Even if much of our native wildlife in Ireland is at risk — in some cases critically endangered — certain species, which have been wiped out elsewhere, ...

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The sea is dead apart from exclusive corners of the oceans

The Sea, The Sea was the unforgettable title of a novel by Iris Murdoch

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Prolongedpuberty may be key to a long life

“Life is but a temporary reprieve from death,” declared Simone de Beauvoir in her memoirs. But why does the length of the reprieve vary so much between ...

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The Islands of Ireland: Castle’s fall from Grace

The difficulties in building a castle on the mainland are considerable.

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Lifting the gloom with these ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses can bring great winter colour and interest to the garden, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Kokedama is the latest plant craze from Japan – here’s how to create your own display

It’s the art of creating hanging displays with moss-covered root balls – and they can look stunning. Hannah Stephenson asks an expert how it’s ...

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Richard Collins: Wildlife films have a very rich pedigree

The 1902 film Birth of a Flower showed hyacinths, crocuses and roses opening their petals.

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Following in Darwin’s footsteps in the Galapágos

"Sea lions literally everywhere, you’ve to be careful not to step on them, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea turtles.”

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Donal Hickey: Plans are in place to save the pearl mussel

Worthwhile projects in the Burren, Co Clare, which are proving that farmers and environmentalists can work together, can be used as models for other parts of the ...

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Islands of Ireland: Islandhopping to Hop Island

Nowadays, the sounds that predominate on Hop Island, Cork, are horses’ hooves but in the mid-18th century it was more likely to have been the sounds of Bach ...

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