Today, 17th March, is the feast day of Ireland's patron saint (one of three actually) Saint Patrick and it has been marked with a doodle on Google's search pages of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher. I know that the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most famous and iconic places in Ireland but I do find it interesting that Saint…
On the 7th of March 1848, Ireland's now well-known tricolour flag of green, white and orange was flown for the first time. It was created by Thomas Francis Meagher, a skilled orator and statesman who later went on to become the first acting governor of Montana. Often represented as green, white and gold the Irish flag is in fact green,…
Today, the 1st of March marks the start of meteorological spring here in Ireland, it is also Saint David's Day - the patron saint of Wales. Spring in traditional Irish culture starts on the 1st of February which is Saint Brigid's Day but for weather scientists March, April and May are the spring months.
On the west side of Saint Stephen's Green the visitor to this fine Dublin park will find a grand statue to Lord Ardilaun or Sir Arthur Edward Guinness, great-grandson of the famous brewer and founder of Guinness. Many users of Dublin's tram, the Luas, will undoubtedly see his sedentary position from just inside the park. The statue was erected to…
Just off the track through the snow, I found tracks and what looked like a good spot for a photograph so I headed up slope and into the deeper snow. Only a fox had been through this part of the mountains since snow blanketed the heathery hillsides with fine, deep white powder. I wandered for a while, photographed and spent…
Saint Valentine, the 3rd century Italian martyr whose feast day is celebrated on the 14th of February is not commonly associated with Dublin, yet his remains are housed in a reliquary shrine in the Irish capital. How did this come about you might well ask, he was unlikely to have visited Ireland in his lifetime.
Some snow in the Irish mountains, I knew that winter wasn't over yet back in January. After quite an adventure where the roads were snowbound today, having to reverse down a mountain side as progress was non-grippy, slippy and, in the end, impossible. In fact the car ahead of me had already run into troubles on the steep incline, there…
Dublin's Forty Foot is a famous swimming location, perhaps one of the most famous in the world attracting the likes of Loudon Wainwright III when he visits Ireland and thousands of locals on Christmas Day each year. Despite the name, the Forty Foot is not home to waves forty feet high, nor is the water forty feet deep. The Forty…
An interesting sight that you often won't see in Ireland, the elusive Eurasian otter has been on the IUCN Red List for some time, classified as Near Threatened and a species in decline, Lutra lutra is one of the finest animals to see in nature. Here as I was travelling along Ireland's River Suir in County Tipperary, I saw this…

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January is over, spring has begun in Ireland - according to tradition, and colour is coming back into the landscape. Winter is colourful in Ireland, the countryside remains green all year round but at the the end of January we see the emergence of cherry blossom, snowdrops and crocus. The snowdrop galanthus nivelis is not native, nor is the crocus…
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