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Joining in the autumn feast on our doorstep

  Dúlra’s thinking of getting a wee stall down St George’s market and he’s going to make a killing. Because he’s got a brilliant idea that will fly off the shelves. He’s going to call it Black Mountain in a Bottle. And as he learned this week, it’s not all that hard to make this […]

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The bald monk is set for an Irish return

  IT was high in the sky above the house gliding on the thermals like a kite. Birds of prey are often seen over Belfast homes – especially if you live in proximity to our hills. But this was unusual. It didn’t have the straight eagle-like wings of a buzzard, but it was about the […]

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Beware of a single cow standing in a field

  We’ve enjoyed some of the best weather of the whole summer this week, and plenty of people headed to Slievenacloy, the nature resort above Poleglass, to take full advantage of our beautiful hills. But they were stopped in their tracks by this sign – and this bull. Some readers contacted Dúlra to complain – […]

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A dragonfly for every county

  This a creature that inevitably creates a smile on everyone’s face. And it’s probably that we are all thinking: just how can nature produce something so beautiful? This dragonfly landed on the hand of a West Belfast hillwalker who goes by the name of Rob Smith and he was able to take this incredible […]

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The peril of clean windows

  It’s a photograph so tragic that would drive Dúlra to tears. It’s of one of Ireland’s most beautiful birds, lying limp and lifeless in a human hand. The sparkle of life that a bullfinch carries with it with such aplomb is suddenly absent. This bird may have those same impressive feathers with their deeply […]

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The magpies are taking over our back gardens

  WHY does that magpie rhyme only go to seven? Was it because in previous times you’d rarely see this bird, and seven were as many as were ever expected to cross your path? Because now, in Dúlra’s own garden, he’s counted TEN. All newly fledged and ready to wreak havoc across the neighbourhood. Dúlra […]

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