The Temple of Heaven, Beijing: Surely one of the most beautiful buildings on the planet.

Three Irish gems never to be taken for granted

Country Living with Francis Farragher April, is probably the ideal month to visit the Chinese capital of Beijing. At that time, the often extreme sub-continental climate of the region is at its most benign –...
The lure is still the same . . . The late Seán Purcell leads Galway in the parade before their 1959 All-Ireland final encounter with Kerry in front of a packed Croke Park. (Photo from Galway GAA website. 1956 Photographs courtesy Sean Keeley).

Mecca beckons for pilgrims whose dreams never die

Country Living with Francis Farragher At this stage, it’s seems more like a kind of pilgrimage . . . another trip along the road and this time to the county of William Butler Yeats and...

Neither health nor pleasure in a goblet of the red stuff

Country Living with Francis Farragher For the record, I’ve never been a fan of red wine, and that’s putting it mildly. I’ve sipped it once or twice in my life, and scented it a few...
Smoke rises from the forest and gorse fire near Seánapheistín. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Cloosh valley fire lifts the lid on our air quality myth

Country Living with Francis Farragher Having no sooner consoled myself about the intrinsic benefits of breathing in clean West of Ireland air as compared to what one experiences in the mega-cities like Beijing, my little...
Studying the form: Two 'steady' punters take it all in. A lovely shot from the Galway Races back in the 1980s. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

A week when sensible souls lose their marbles and lucre

Country Living with Francis Farragher It’s been going on for the past 148 years at Ballybrit – since August 17, 1869 – and while horses are sent out to run and jump, the Galway Races...
A spectacular shot of a plane landing at Leeds-Bradford Airport during Storm Doris last week.

A few wintry blasts as Spring beckons

Country Living with Francis Farragher It was a bit like the story of waiting for ages at the shelter for a bus to arrive, and then two of them arrive together. After the most benign...


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