How wolf became beast in French folklore

IN JUNE 1767, a quarter of a millennium ago this month, the bloody career of a mysterious killer came to an end, writes Richard Collins

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Attitudes to boglands seem to be changing

THE other day, I revisited a bog near the Cork/Kerry border where we used to cut turf to burn at home until about 35 years ago, writes Donal Hickey

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Missing Wild Atlantic route at Clonakilty an oversight

THE Wild Atlantic Way tourism initiative is obviously a success, well planned and executed, paying dividends to the geographically marginalised communities through which it passes, writes Damien Enright.

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Pine can be essential addition to the mental health tool box

Fiann Ó Nualláin discovers a source of natural aromatherapy in the garden that’s available all year round

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Peas, please, for a quick and easy treat

Valerie O’Connor says peas are easy to grow — shove them in soil and give them something to hold, water them well, and watch them go

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Go visiting if you want to be a good gardener

Peter Dowdall kicks off this year's Open Gardens for Marymount trail with a visit to a Carrignavar stunner

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Ireland's colonisation of the world before dinosaurs walked the Earth

Kya deLongchamps reveals Ireland’s special claim to fame and the dramatic role it played in colonising the Earth before the Age of the Dinosaur

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Dick Warner's final column: Private eye on a nest

This is the last of Dick Warner’s hugely popular columns following his death last Friday. Here, he discusses birds’ nests and eggs

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Remembering Dingle peninsula poet Domhnall Mac Sithigh

Anyone growing up in the rugged splendour of the Dingle Peninsula must surely be moulded and inspired by such surroundings, as the late footballer and native son, Paidí Ó Sé, often opined.

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El Graeco up earlier than rest

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, from Crete, was known as ‘El Greco’ in Toledo. Now another Greek shares the famous nickname: ‘El Graeco’ is short for Graecopithecus freybergi. The dental records of this ape-like pre-human, who lived in the Eastern Mediterranean area, have put the cat among the anthropological pigeons. 

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‘Sherkin Comment’ strikes a note on behalf of Mother Earth

One morning three weeks ago, in the Okanagan Valley in the Canadian Rockies, my wife and I woke in our son’s makeshift but comfortable camper van and looked out to see, between us and distant snow-capped mountains, a vast lake glittering and winking in the sun.

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Plenty of choice of lawnmowers for gardening motorheads

Kya deLongchamps cuts through a sward of information to bring the short story on mighty mowers, ride-on tractors and sleek supercar-styled robotics.

 

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Peter Dowdall falls in love all over again with the architectural Allium family

Allium schoenoprasum are also known as chives, onions and garlic, says Peter Dowdall.

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The ‘June drop’ allows a tree to regulate its fruit

Apple trees will soon begin to drop some of their unripe fruit. There’s little to fear, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin, as this natural shedding can ensure a healthier crop come harvest time.

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Wild things run free in Oonagh O'Dwyer's kitchen

Valerie O’Connor goes wild on a Wednesday with ‘Wild Kitchen’ owner and forager, Oonagh O’Dwyer.

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Nature table: Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet is starting to come into flower and will continue to bloom until the early autumn.

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Vancouver has its beauty but there’s nothing quite like West Cork

After a long flight west to east, it takes 36 or 48 hours for the body clock and brain to catch up, writes Damien Enright

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Giants from the ocean floor

THE kraken of Norse legends and Scylla and Charybdis of ancient Greece were not just mythical beasts, writes Richard Collins

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Crayfish are under threat in Ireland

Warnings about dangers posed to Irish wildlife by non-native species — most recently highlighted by the reports on the presence of the South American rodent, coypus, in Cork — continue to be realised, writes Donal Hickey.

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Mystery of visiting kingfisher

The other day, I had an extraordinary encounter with a bird. I opened the front door early in the morning to go out and feed the hens and, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something bright blue in the shade of a potted plant on the doorstep. 

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Here's how to give your garden a homegrown organic treatment

Fiann Ó Nualláin uses common plants against common pests.

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Des Kingston’s winning design is a supergarden of curiosities

Valerie O’Connor marvels at the sculptures and macabre placements that make up Des Kingston’s winning design for the RTÉ series at Bloom.

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Bloom lived up to its reputation as a destination show with great gardens

It’s the flagship show for garden design and gardening in Ireland and as it’s run by Bord Bia it has found a suitable bedfellow in the food industry.

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Discover the paradise found in British Columbia wilderness

The British Columbian wilderness is a paradise, writes Damien Enright.

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Cuckoo goes AWOL

Usually the cuckoo arrives early in the part of the country where I live, and leaves early too. 

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Don’t be fooled by farmyard fowl

When the Little Red Hen found a grain of wheat in the farmyard, she asked the pig, the dog and the goat to help her plant it. They refused. 

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Mallow garden festival numbers bloom

Some garden shows have deeper roots than others but all have grown and thrived, writes Peter Dowdall.

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The joy of salad — a classic book from Joy Larkcom revisited

Fiann Ó Nualláin talks with the doyenne of organic gardening on her ground-breaking work’s re-issue.

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The gentle sound of water soothes in the garden

Kya deLongchamps goes with the flow and finds a veritable stream of good ideas when it comes to adding a splash to your outdoor paradise.

 

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