Who is Wicklow's most distinguished ever politician. Simon Harris? The jury is still out on that one. Or how about Joe Jacob or Dick Roche? One other person with a strong claim is Henry Grattan, long-time resident of Enniskerry, whose career spanned more than four decades.
They are really remarkable little creatures. Small enough to fit through a hole the size of crème egg, swifts unravel their wings to become the fastest of God's creatures as they zip through the air at speeds of 64 kilometres per hour. The name swift is well deserved.
A 'swatch' is a word that you may not associate with a wildlife identification guide. Originally used in the clothing trade, a swatch was a small sample of fabric. If you were having a jacket made to measure, the tailor would produce a swatch, a little book of fabric samples to pick from, with colours, patterns and textures to suit all tastes.
Last week the European Commission adopted its latest strategy to address the ongoing loss of biodiversity and destruction of the natural world. There was much talk of a green recovery as the Union takes its first, tentative steps to recover from the initial wave of Covid-19.
Parasite control in pets often seems to be a complex topic. Everybody knows that they ought to deworm and deflea their pet, but that's about as far as it goes. When the topic is investigated further, many questions come up.
With so much uncertainty facing people regarding work, school, financial stability, wedding plans, and so much more, many are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and some are even feeling hopeless about the future. What we tell ourselves about what is happening in our world has a big bearing on how we feel and how we inspire others to feel.
The Irish summer is here. The skies have been cloudless and blue, the sun's been shining, and the rain clouds have stayed away. The COVID-19 crisis means that we've all had to be socially distant from one another, but that hasn't stopped us from gathering in public places like parks, beaches and seaside promenades. People stand apart, speaking more loudly than before, and wearing facemasks in public.
The topic of wearing masks during the COVID-19 crisis has been controversial. The latest message is that, to limit the spread of the virus, we should all wear masks if we are likely to be indoors within 1 - 2 metres of other people for any prolonged length of time.
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