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Beekeeping with Willie: ‘bees will tear down unwanted queen cells’
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At this time of year, weekly checks are necessary to prevent losses through swarming, writes Willie O’Byrne.
Andrea Mara: serial thriller queen
19 June 2024 Features
Andrea Mara: serial thriller queen
Andrea Mara never dreamed of becoming a writer but having reinvented herself after redundancy, she is now Ireland’s thriller queen, writes Maria Moynihan.
Gardening with Mary: the scent of summer
19 June 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Mary: the scent of summer
Mary Keenan finds the essence of summer in the sweet scent of mock orange blossom.
Desperate Farmwife: bullying in a small, rural school is difficult to navigate
Are kids just being kids, or is there more going on? Our Desperate Farmwife doesn’t have all the answers, but she is always there for her children (and her cows).
19 June 2024 Features
Benjamin Stafford: why my ADHD diagnosis changed my life
Masking his ADHD symptoms made life difficult for Benjamin Stafford. A diagnosis and medication at 22 turned his life around, writes Margaret Hawkins.
19 June 2024 Health
Travel: a taste of Valencia
From fine dining to family bodegas with rustic charm, Valencia has something for everyone, writes Michelle Jackson.
19 June 2024 Travel
Supporting local makers is key to economic growth in the craft sector
Quality and design the top factors that influence decision-making, according to a new report on buying Irish craft products, writes Sarah McIntosh.
14 June 2024 Fashion
Gardening with Gerry: wedding season
The wedding cake viburnum is in full flower these days, and with its tiered, layered branches it is quite a sight to see, writes Gerry Daly.
12 June 2024 Gardening
The local's guide to... Portrush and the Causeway Coast
Planning an Irish staycation? Well, who better to ask for tips than a local? Maria Moynihan chats to Portrush-based wedding photographer, Lauren Chambers, about her top spots along the Causeway Coast.
12 June 2024 Features
Folklore: bog butter, lightning and small lies
Folklorist Shane Lehane transports us back to the bog in the month of June and reveals the hidden wonders found therein.
12 June 2024 Features
Healthbytes: from health insurance hikes to sun damage and measles
Keep up-to-date with developments in the world of healthcare with this month’s Healthbytes, writes Margaret Hawkins.
12 June 2024 Health
It's all down to dad: Irish businesses who are keeping things in the family
Celebrating Father’s Day, three Irish businesses who are keeping it in the family talk about following in their father’s footsteps, writes Janine Kennedy and Ciara Leahy
12 June 2024 Features