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Stepping it up on our 21-day walking challenge
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It’s week two of our 21-day reader walking challenge. Physiotherapist and health writer Stephen O’Rourke shares his advice for stepping up your challenge.
21 September 2022 Features
Mindfulness: finding the value in life’s simple pleasures
Mindfulness expert Catherine Callaghan shares her tips for countering the stress of the cost-of-living crisis by finding the value in simple pleasures.
21 September 2022 Health
Side-stepping waiting lists - surgery abroad
On a waiting list for a hip or knee replacement operation? The cost of surgery can be fully or partly reimbursed if you travel to Northern Ireland or to Europe.
Michaelmas: the harvest of the geese
Folklorist Shane Lehane explores the significance of the Michaelmas goose tradition associated with the end of September.
21 September 2022 Features
Rural healthcare: doctors under pressure
This week Margaret Hawkins looks at what has caused access to GPs to become a problem, especially in rural Ireland.
21 September 2022 Health
In the garden with Gerry Daly: Mexican sunflower
Gerry Daly discusses the Mexican sunflower, pendulous begonias and the jobs to get done in the garden this week
21 September 2022 Gardening
The Guest Book: the Comeragh Mountain Pods
Throughout COVID-19, the Quinlans admit they were like Mr and Mrs Pod, talking incessantly about pods but now they are putting the glam back into glamping in Waterford, writes Amii McKeever.
21 September 2022 Features
A week in the country: changing sterling, guelder rose and a rural rhyme
Find out what caught the eye of the Irish Country Living team this week.
21 September 2022 Features
Restoring a vintage thrasher in Co Sligo
After seven years of a thrasher sitting in his shed, James McLoughlin bit the bullet during COVID-19 and decided to restore it. He speaks in conversation with Anne O’Donoghue about the project.
21 September 2022 Features
Women only groups not for you? Great! but check your privilege before judging
Co-chair of Dairy Women Ireland, Ciara Lynch wants to empower other women farmers. Not just talking about problems but providing tools to solve those problems.
21 September 2022 Features
Crafting the seasons with Lilly Higgins
In an extract from her new book, The Homemade Year, Lilly Higgins shares three autumnal projects to try as the evenings close in.
21 September 2022 Craft
Meet The Maker: Susan Furniss Radley of Dust + Rock
In this week’s Meet The Maker, Maria Moynihan talks to Susan Furniss Radley of Dust+Rock, the Waterford-based creator of the original wrist pocket.
21 September 2022 Features