Growing wild

with Dr Catherine Keena

Teagasc countryside management specialist

Look out for frogspawn which are the eggs of frogs who return to the same area where they were born. Males arrive and croak to attract females. Each female lays about 2,000 eggs which are fertilised by sperm shed by the males over the eggs. Eggs absorb water, swell into jelly blobs and float. After a few weeks, a tadpole wriggles out of the egg. Over ten weeks, the tadpole grows legs, looses its tail and becomes a small frog which goes to live on land. Found in wet grassland pools or edges of slow flowing streams or drains, frogspawn is part of our native Irish biodiversity.

Letter to the editor

Hi Amii,

I really love Irish Country Living magazine and many of the articles in it. But there is one area I believe can be improved. Sports and covering women in sports. Surely with women being your main demographic, this might be something to consider.

I read your article on “It’s my time” encouraging women over 40s to take up sport and exercise and I think to myself how can they when they don’t even know that female sports is a thing. Then you flip to the sports section and there is a fantastic piece by Mr Hurley about male GAA which is very interesting, but I as a reader and consumer would love to hear what’s happening with the women.

  • Rugby
  • Camogie
  • Gaelic
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • We have so many excellent and exciting female teams it would be lovely to hear about them as those women put in just as much effort to represent their country and country.

    Big fan of your new Horse journalist Helen Sharp.

    Best wishes,


    Picture of the week

    ‘Checking the grazing’ Conall Doherty on his Granda Michael’s farm, Jonesborough, Co Armagh, with Slieve Gullion in the background. Sent in by his granny Anne. Pic taken by: Aileen Quinn, mum.

    Home Management Tip

    with Katherine O’Leary

    Management and control of the family’s laundry generates the biggest workload amongst a lot of household chores. The task begins with sorting and collecting, then re-sorting once the items have come to the back kitchen. The washing loads are identified and put into the machine. On completion, they must be processed, hung out, brought in, folded and aired. How many of these jobs can be given to the children? Most of them! Start them young. Pick a mixed load, low temperature, short wash with a long spin and write the instructions down, step by step. Pin it close to the washing machine. Have a chore chart that breaks up the jobs between the children. Children and teenagers especially need to learn how to wash their own clothes to reduce the workload on the home manager. They need to know that delivering laundry into the basket or into the washing machine is not enough. They need to take responsibility for following it through to the clothes line and back in again.

    Number of the week: 12

    The number of steps in the recovery and growth programme – Grow. Health

    Pick of the week

    Winter by E Alana James

    Dr E Alana James, wishes to change the narrative around ageing through her ‘bubbles in

    time’ portraits Meet the maker