Whether you have been before or it’s your first time, the Ellen Hutchins Festival during Heritage Week has a great range of activities around botany, botanical art, the biodiversity of Bantry Bay and the story of Ireland’s first female botanist. This year features seaweeds, willow baskets, coastal wildflowers, lichens, and […]

I live on the banks of the River Ilen and regularly watch Skibbereen Rowing Club training on the river, so I read with absolute delight how six of Ireland’s 2021 Olympic Rowers are from Skibbereen Rowing Club.  When Paul and Gary O’Donovan won Olympic silver medals in 2016, Skibbereen was […]

Taoiseach Micheál Martin officially opened the single largest solar farm in the Republic on July 26. Developed in a joint venture by Eli Lilly and Enerpower, the 16-acre facility will help power a significant proportion of the Lilly plant at its Dunderrow, Kinsale site with sustainable energy.  The ground-mounted Solar […]

This month, Karl Woods, a long-term committee member of BirdWatch Ireland West Cork Branch, shares his other (non-birding) interest; moths. With multiple lockdowns over the last 15 months or so and many confined to the small areas around their houses, people have been looking for new things to get into. […]