Keep up to date with life in rural Ireland with the latest features and life stories from Irish Country Living

Author John Connell: ‘the sheep make me feel a new-found sense of prosperity’
In an extract from his number one best-seller, Twelve Sheep, farmer and writer John Connell reflects on returning to his rural roots.
Nature calls: taking a walk on the wild side
22 May 2024 Features
Nature calls: taking a walk on the wild side
Ireland’s national Walks Scheme recently saw its biggest expansion to date; but valuing farmers’ contribution as custodians of the land has been key to its success, writes Maria Moynihan.
Desperate Farmwife: Clarkson is not alone in ‘farming the unfarmed’
22 May 2024 Features
Desperate Farmwife: Clarkson is not alone in ‘farming the unfarmed’
Jeremy Clarkson did not invent ‘farming the unfarmed’ – Irish women on farms have been masters at it for centuries, writes our Desperate Farmwife, as she looks forward to continuing the tradition.
Health: with change in weather, farmers need to be more aware of lyme disease
Lyme disease can cause many long-term medical conditions if not treated early and now is the time to be vigilant about it as the weather gets warmer, writes Margaret Hawkins.
22 May 2024 Health
Green wave: the seaweed surge
With knowledge passed down through generations, Claire O’Sullivan took the dive into the seaweed skincare business, writes Grace Hanna.
22 May 2024 Features
Win two tickets to Bord Bia Bloom
Ireland’s favourite festival of flowers and fun returns to the Phoenix Park, Dublin, this June bank holiday weekend (30 May to 3 June) and you could win tickets.
22 May 2024 Features
Author Ali Dunworth raises a glass to the Irish pint
Whether it’s a wedding, funeral or in the airport, having a pint is part of our culture. In a new book by Ali Dunworth, she pours this phenomenon onto the page, writes Dee Laffan.
15 May 2024 Features
From west Canada to running a rural guesthouse in west Cork
Meet the young couple who swapped city living in western Canada to run a rural guesthouse in west Cork, writes Maria Moynihan.
15 May 2024 Features
Legal: how to save money when transferring land
When transferring land, be smart about structuring the transfer to maximise tax incentives such as stamp duty relief and gift tax, writes Aisling Meehan.
15 May 2024 Consumer
Health: from clarity to quiet - the impact of sudden hearing loss
Sudden hearing loss can be frightening and strike without warning. With farmers at increased risk from machinery and farm animal noise, experts warn not to suffer in silence, writes Margaret Hawkins.
15 May 2024 Health
Antrim brothers’ hilltop bounty
Serving as a hub for seasonal produce, Hillstown Farm Shop tells a story of passionate farming, brothers in business and a deep connection to the land, writes Grace Hanna.
15 May 2024 Features
Watch: steering success - mastering the art of tractor driving
Having only driven a tractor once before, Sarah McIntosh was eager to get behind the wheel again and attend the pilot FRS Training women’s tractor driving course.
15 May 2024 Features