Perfect Peninsula

Perfect Peninsula

Discovering the Perfect Peninsula The Dublin part of our journey with the panelists concluded at Portmarnock Golf Club. Although formally “founded” in 1894, the book entitled A Centenary History by T.M. Healy, published in 1994 reveals: “On Christmas Eve of 1893 a...
Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

The Vandeleur Walled Garden At long last we are going to the Vandeleur Walled Garden. We see the signs for it when passing through Kilrush (Cill Rois, meaning “Church of the Woods”) on the way to the Killimer-Tarbert Car Ferry. Crossing the River Shannon shaves off...
If the Hummingbird Can Rest So Can I

If the Hummingbird Can Rest So Can I

The shadows are long while the sun sinks behind Troon Mountain. The smell of the creosote is so sweet but just for an instant when you walk by a bush sporting tiny yellow flowers that creates an island of fertility. Ocotillo is bursting in dazzling orangey- red. The...

Roses Galore

Sunday morning in Liscannor There are few things nicer than to get out for a walk on a Sunday morning in brilliant sunshine before Liscannor fills up with church-goers. In fact, with very few people in view, I satisfied my curiosity about a strange-looking bush that...
The Ploppet

The Ploppet

Beware of Unicorns! It’s not every day you see a Ploppet. It would be considerably more rare than seeing a unicorn. By comparison, the Unicorn Tree would be quite common. Should you want to see one, you can find it in the south of Spain along the Costa del Sol. Oddly...