- Grace O’Sullivan is ready for Europe!
- CLIMATE CASE IRELAND
- Birdwatch Ireland and the Heritage Bill
- 200 million euro capital programme for Wexford
- Hinkley Point C Nuclear Plant
- Same Old, Same Old!
- Climate Change: the government still doesn’t get it
- Waterford to host Convention 2017
- Challenges facing Rural Ireland
- South East Economy Continues to Stagnate
- No Minister for Environment?
- Green Party welcomes Government u-turn on introducing pay-by-weight charges
- Green TD attacks parties for putting politics ahead of country
- ‘This election is make or break for the Green Party’
- Next politician that calls to your door ask him/her to outline their party’s environmental policy
Walking with Blackstairs Eco Trails
Relaxed and fortified we then drove the short distance to Borris where this particular walk starts (between uplands and lowlands they have at least twelve regular routes). Our route takes us into the grounds of Borris House, ancestral home of the MacMurrough Kavanaghs. We follow a small tributary of The Barrow through ancient woods full of bugs, berries, birds, fungi and wild flowers. All the while our guides are ready with a few words on interesting specimens encountered.
We eventually leave the woods behind and find ourselves on the Barrow tow-path in blazing sunshine. No otters in view today but loads of little darting “boatmen” bugs and a few stately swans. This regularly mowed path is a walker’s, or indeed a jogger’s, paradise. Today we have the whole river to ourselves.
We take a short break at an old lock where Mary produces a very welcome minature bottle of the most delicious sloe-gin (note to self: include a bottle of this in my survival kit!). The final kilometre of the walk is over before we know it and everyone sprawls out by the riverside in the hot sun while the drivers are ferried off to collect the cars.
In no time we are back at the house for more tea/coffee and the most amazing spread of pastries – brown soda bread, heart-scones with cream and logan berry jam, shaped sponge cakes, flapjacks. With much happy chat, cups refilled and everyone settled into comfortable armchairs one is reluctant to leave this scene of easy contentment. But, eventually, go one must albeit armed with a jar of blackberry jam in one hand, a half dozen eggs in the other and the t-shirt that proves you did the walk! Hats off to Blackstairs Eco Trails for doing what they do and doing it so well. If stars were given for guided walks I couldn’t see them getting less than five every time.