From inspiring stories to news on food, farming and events, Irish Country Living is your guide to life in rural Ireland

Kate Durrant writes: No Mow May
For Kate Durrant, “No Mow May” is a much welcome license to be lazy; while doing her bit for nature.
24 May 2023 Health
Inflammatory bowel disease: holistic approach is key
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term for auto-immune conditions, the most common being Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Management requires an holistic approach, writes Margaret Hawkins
24 May 2023 Features
Margaret Leahy: a huge ‘go raibh maith agat’ to all the kind people in the world
An unexpected family emergency brought Margaret Leahy to the mercy of friends, family and even perfect strangers. Each one of them went above and beyond to help.
Archeology and agriculture at Rathcroghan
A visit to the burial site of Queen Medb - and much more - at Rathcroghan illustrates attempts for Irish archaeology and farming to thrive together.
24 May 2023 Features
Salmon of knowledge: are fish farms to blame for lower wild salmon numbers?
While there are issues with wild salmon fresh water habitats, it is understood that the majority of salmon mortality occurs when they are in the ocean. Why is this?
24 May 2023 Features
Education: Under pressure? Parenting through exam season
It’s exam season and parents around the country are walking on eggshells. But how can we best support our children - and ourselves - through the stress, asks Rebecca Lenehan.
24 May 2023 Features
Meet Anna Hearne: farming and painting in the sunny south east
Artist Anna Hearne is a beef and tillage farmer from Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford. Here, she discusses her latest exhibition with Caitríona Bolger
24 May 2023 Features
Going wild with your garden lawn
The recent No-Mow May initiative, promoted by An Post and the National Biodiversity Centre, is the latest in the promotion of wildflower grassland area in a garden setting, writes Gerry Daly.
24 May 2023 Gardening
Take 10 for take off: Matthew Hall of Belfast City Airport
In the last of our regional airport series, Maria Moynihan talks to CEO of Belfast City Airport, Matthew Hall.
17 May 2023 Features
Tracing the path of the Great Hunger in Strokestown
Far more than a Famine Museum. There is a story in every corner of the Strokestown house, the grounds and the gardens, many sad, many tragic but beautifully and respectfully told.
17 May 2023 Features
Honeybees keeping beekeepers busy this month
Beekeepers with good eyesight should be quick to notice the subtle difference in the colour of oilseed pollen versus dandelion, writes Willie O’Byrne.
17 May 2023 Features
Gerry Daly: bring some heavenly blue Lithodora into your garden
With phenomenal growth recently, Gerry Daly advises on steps to take to care for your garden in summer sun and heat
17 May 2023 Gardening