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

Time for the real test to begin for Irish rugby
Denis Hurley
So far, Ireland's world cup matches have seemed straightforward. This Saturday as they face the Springboks, their real test will take place, writes Denis Hurley.
20 September 2023 Health
Zoetis Osteoarthritis Campaign
As part of animal pain awareness month this September, Zoetis Ireland urges dog and cat owners to be aware of any signs of Osteoarthritis in their pets.
20 September 2023 Features
Breaking down the judgment and stigma in mental health
Shine are running their annual ‘Green Ribbon’ campaign throughout September to encourage more open and honest conversations around mental health, writes Sarah McIntosh
Margaret Leahy: it's that hedgey jelly time of year
Our native trees and hedgerows are bursting with fruit and berries at the minute, making it prime preserving time. Margaret Leahy writes.
20 September 2023 Features
We had 200 t of ammonium nitrate; it was scary to imagine a rocket hitting it
In our series sharing stories from Ukraine, agri-journalist Ihor Pavliuk talks to a tillage farmer who found himself farming and fighting on the frontline.
20 September 2023 Features
Instagram and dairying - for this Co Tipperary farmer; they're the perfect mix
Katie Gleeson divides her time between working with brands and organisations for through her popular Instagram account, being a mom and farming at home with her husband.
20 September 2023 Features
Editorial: become a woman in ag ain't easy, but it is worthwhile
Women marrying in to farming families face a steep learning curve, but that doesn't mean we aren't able for it, writes Janine Kennedy.
20 September 2023 Features
Ann Devine: Protests and placards
A shake up in local radio prompts Ann Devine's mother to protest, writes Colm O'Regan.
20 September 2023 Features
Understanding obesity
With almost one in four Irish people living with obesity, Margaret Hawkins learns about the stigma that persists and hears one reader's story of taking the drug Ozempic
20 September 2023 Health
Tips for how to shop and eat on a student budget
Going to college can be a financial challenge for many reasons, but food doesn’t have to be one of them, writes Dee Laffan.
20 September 2023 Consumer
Meet The Maker: Barbara McAteer of Josie's Botanicals
In this week’s Meet The Maker, Maria Moynihan talks to Barbara McAteer, who developed a natural skincare brand, Josie’s Botanicals, named in honour of her late mother.
20 September 2023 Features
Editorial: getting hospitality right is an art
Returning from a week's worth of travelling Ireland incognito, Janine Kennedy sympathises with rural hosptiality businesses trying to provide great guest experiences in the current climate
13 September 2023 Features