2018

Yearly Archives

  • The History of Irish Place Names

    Wherever you are in this green island, you’re in a place that’s steeped in millennia of history. And one page of that history is how that place got its name. The Irish people’s appreciation of nature coupled with the country’s poetic language and eventful history has worked together to weave a range of beautiful names. […]

  • Ireland’s Best Forest Trails

    Trees are among the greatest natural resources we have. The more we learn about them, the greater our appreciation grows. The Japanese have an expression, shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing”. It means that because trees fill their environments with beautiful, clean oxygen, we should seek it out, “bathe” in woodlands, and soak up that […]

  • GIS Day 2018 Ireland

    Uncover the Story of your Local Area

    UNCOVER THE STORY OF YOUR LOCAL AREA WITH ORDNANCE SURVEY IRELAND Could your hometown have Ireland’s Favourite Placename To mark GIS Day 2018 (which is today 14th November), Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Ireland’s National Mapping Agency, is today launching a nationwide competition to find the most interesting and unusual origin stories behind Ireland’s placenames. The […]

  • Three Spooky Sites Across Ireland

    The Irish have a special place in their (dark) hearts for Halloween. The country’s history and folklore are filled with legendary ghosts, banshees and worse. Irish writers and filmmakers have also contributed to the art of spooky storytelling, from Neil Jordan’s Company of Wolves to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and everything in between. And ghost stories […]

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    How to Survive Outdoors Overnight

    If disaster strikes and you somehow find yourself stranded outdoors overnight or lost for a few days, there are a couple of basic survival skills which will improve your chances of staying safe. And while it can be tempting to draw inspiration from Bear Grylls, we’ve put together some tips and tricks that require no […]

  • Galway V Limerick: Best Walking Trails in Each County

    With the All Ireland Hurling Final upon us, the eyes of the nation are pointed westward. Fans, pundits and journalists, east and west of Shannon, are currently theorising who’ll bring home Liam MacCarthy. We’ve decided to take a closer look at the two counties and showcase the best walking trails, hikes and family-friendly walks in […]