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12 little adventures for families on lockdown - from stargazing to 'the small five'

Small can be beautiful, too. Pól Ó Conghaile, Orla Neligan and Nicola Brady's have 12 micro-travel tips that can start at home...

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Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Stargazing

Stargazing

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Walking: Fresh air for all ages and fitness levels

Walking: Fresh air for all ages and fitness levels

Waterford greenway

Waterford greenway

Wild Garlic in the woods. Photo: Deposit

Wild Garlic in the woods. Photo: Deposit

Connemara

Connemara

Cycling with kids

Cycling with kids

Atlantic Irish Seaweed - foraging in Kerry. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Atlantic Irish Seaweed - foraging in Kerry. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Popcorn and home movies...

Popcorn and home movies...

Find a quiet beach... Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Find a quiet beach... Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Bluebells in bloom

Bluebells in bloom

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

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Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Escape doesn't have to mean hopping on a plane. For now, it simply can't.

Not only is unnecessary travel is on hold; we've now been asked to stay home except for essential trips (e.g. food or medical prescriptions) and "brief" exercise outings within 2km of the front door.

The 2km rule is for "brief individual exercise", Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has clarified - you can bring children, but must keep two metres away from others for social distancing. No gatherings are permitted.