A few months after my cancer treatment in 2019, I was travelling through the sunny, lush Irish countryside and found a sign that I had passed many times before. It was for Saint Pater's Church, Laragh, County Monaghan. So off I went for a bit of exploration. Travelling along a small, windy road lined with heavy vegetation, in particular large…
Amongst the most popular places to visit in Donegal and indeed in the whole of Ireland and in particular the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way that stretches from Donegal's border with Derry right down to Kinsale in Cork, Slieve League's impressive sloping sea cliffs are inspiring. The impressive cliffs and uninterrupted Atlantic views of Slieve League are located approximately one hour's…
Today, August 31st, marks the end of summer - meteorologically speaking - as the three hottest months of the year have now passed. The weather has already begun to change with cooler temperatures and full, grey skies overhead in recent days. That of course doesn't mean that the good weather is gone for the year. Oh no, we are just…
Ireland has seen some weather in the past few weeks of summer 2021. A heatwave covered the island in a thick layer of warm air with temperatures regularly in the high 20s Celsius, even reaching 31.4C. Then, the inevitable rainy weather where now, a week later, we are seeing rain and wind and unseasonably cold weather of 14 to 16…
Summer in Ireland, it's a fine season - warm winds, long days and occasionally a heat that envelops everything. It isn't the first thing people think of when they think of Ireland; usually changeable conditions and rain is what comes to mind, not the 31C-plus temperatures that the island has seen in July 2021. In most years there is a…
July 2021 has brought some interesting weather to the island of Ireland with a new record for Northern Ireland set in Armagh at 31.4 degrees Celsius. Unusually for summer, Ireland has had warmer temperatures than neighbouring Britain for much of the month and a 'Tropical Night' was recorded when night-time temperatures didn't drop below 20C. So far the hottest place…
As you may have already heard, July 19th will see a number of restrictions eased in regards to COVID / Coronavirus in Ireland. The world's most restrictive lockdown will be no more, in time for the arrival of the Indian or Delta variant. Travel into Ireland from overseas will be relaxed so if you are looking to find out more…
There's something about the smell of the coast - a fresh Atlantic Ocean breeze, sunshine and recently passed rain. And it's the smell of nature after rain that will be very familiar to anyone who spends much time outdoors, even in the urban environment, indeed a typical Irish town will have that particular post pluviam odour caused by a mix…
Northern Ireland's vaccination program for COVID-19 is gathering pace, with over 700,000 or close to 50% of the population having had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Some restrictions are lifting or easing soon, for instance an opening of many shops and businesses with schools also returning from the 12th of April. However, tourism remains restricted with Panoramic…
County Antrim's Dark Hedges is by now one of the most famous avenues in the world. Made by a local landowner who planted the beech trees 300 years ago to mark the approach to his house; made famous by HBO's Game of Thrones as the King's Road over the past decade. The fine scene has changed much since this image,…
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