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Preparing for the big snow… if it actually arrives

  AT this time of year, Dúlra finds himself spending way too much money on food. Instead of a single loaf or litre of bread, he buys two or even three. And he tosses an extra box of teabags into the supermarket trolley and enough beans to feed a posse of cowboys. The problem is, […]

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Food that’s fit for a bird table near you

  WE all enjoy the best of everything over Christmas and the New Year. It’s a time we push the boat out in the kitchen to make things extra special. In the depths of mid-winter when the days are shortest and the outlook is bleak, we try to give ourselves a pick-me-up by enjoying the […]

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Return of the native as a pine martin is spotted

  Dúlra’s heart missed a beat when he got the anonymous text from a reader – “I saw a pine martin in Colin Glen – have video”. The pine martin is perhaps Ireland’s rarest animal. It was going the way of extinction like the Irish wolf, the lynx or the boar but just managed to […]

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A portrait of the artist as Eimear has the perfect job

  Eimear Maguire is following her dream – and we can all be very proud of her. The young mum-of-two has two passions in life – beside her family, of course – painting and birds. And she’s just on the way to forging an extraordinary career as a home-grown artist whose paintings are adorning more […]

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Keeping your eyes peeled for a special winter visitor

WHEN most people are throwing another sod of turf on the fire and wrapping themselves in extra-thick jumpers, our whitewashed hills cast a magnetic-like spell on Dúlra. They’ll call him like a homing pigeon and he’ll find himself slipping on the waterboots, grabbing the walking stick and binoculars and heading to places others find inhospitable. […]

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And then there was none

  Dúlra’s garden is like the surface of the moon. It’s an abandoned, windswept desert. Yesterday three feeders were packed full of scrumptious food, an irresistible seed mix was as usual scattered generously on the path and a couple of heels of bread thrown onto the lawn along with a few over-ripe apples for good […]

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