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Long before the human shadow fell across its fields, the Earth celebrated its own liturgy of wind and silence, rain and ocean. The seasons stayed in rhythm knowing their curve through time. The moon swivelled the tides and the shorelines waited. The face of the earth is seamless.

John O'Donohue
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The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on Irish animals, plants, weather, outdoor activities, environmental concerns, useful organisations and more.
A GOOD STARTING PLACE...
Derek Mooney is a well known Irish broadcaster who specializes in wildlife radio and television programming. Mooney Goes Wild at RTE includes audio archives, online guides to Irish wading and garden birds and more.
THE IRISH WEATHER
(Do you remember last summer in Ireland?... It was on a Tuesday.)
Met Éireann (The Irish Meteorological Service)
IRISH LANDSCAPE
St. Cronan's School in Bray provides us with some good Irish geography lessons, including information on Ireland's mountains and Irish islands (Achill, Aran Islands, Arranmore, Bear, Blaskets, Clare, Dursey, Gweedore & The Rosses, Inisbofin, Inishkea, Inishmurray, Inishturk, Puffin, Rathlin, Roaring Water Bay, Saltees, Scariff, Skelligs, Tory, Valencia, Whiddy...) Well done, boys!
IRISH MAPS
Who makes Irish maps? Ordnance Survey Ireland.
Tim Robinson's Folding Landscapes site describes the excellent books and maps he has created for the Aran Islands, Connemara and the Burren. The man is a national treasure.
IRISH BOGS & PEATLANDS
Peat, turf, sod... whatever you call it, first stop should definitely be The Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Facts and information, an online tour of the bog, news stories... in short, a wonderful resource.
The always helpful GORP site (Great Outdoors Recreation Pages) offers a good overview and lists bogs that can be visited.
IRISH ANIMALS & WILDLIFE
Irish Animals on the Web is a wonderful site. Created by Denise Cox, this is definitely the one-stop place to go for information on Irish animals. Donkeys, horses, badgers, dogs, cats, Irish greyhounds... both farm animals and pets are included, and there's lots of information on rescue groups... Highly recommended.
The Irish Wildlife Trust works to protect both Irish wildlife and their habitats. A discussion forum, information on current campaigns (hedgerows, badgers), membership details and more.
Dartfield Horse Museum and Park (Loughrea, Co Galway) is a purpose built facility dedicated to telling the 5000 year old story of man's relationship with the horse. The museum charts the history of the horse and its use from the earliest times to the present day with live exhibits of some of the world's favourite breeds of horses, examples of farm machinery, carriages, harness and interesting artefacts from the horse world, as well as an art gallery and library.
The Kerry Blue Terrier Website
Dragonfly Ireland
Irish Draught Horse Society, Ireland
Irish Draft Horse Society of North America
PROTECTING THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT
The Heritage Council site includes online documents on topics such as the Irish forestry industry, preserving the Burren, the future of Irish inland waterways and more...
Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland
IRISH GARDENS
Elizabeth Law's A Small Irish Garden website is a delightful place to visit... it includes a garden diary, Irish gardens to visit, photos and stories of beloved Irish garden cats and lots more.
The Dublin Garden Group site allows you to see some special Dublin gardens at their best...
A Seaside Garden is maintained by Mary and Bob Walsh. Their beautiful Cork garden is right on the shore of Dunmanus Bay.
Garden.ie is a comprehensive and searchable site on all aspects of Irish gardening.... what to plant where,, places to visit, suppliers, garden diaries and lots more...
Irishgardeners.com is a forum for exchanging information and discussing gardening problems specific to Ireland.
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