All good things go in three

                                    Wild Usually some days before (exceptions excluded), a paper is laid down on the table in the portal, accompanied by a pen. Only the image...
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Anois Teacht an Earraigh: Spring is Coming

Despite all the storms raging on our Atlantic coasts, the latest season of scrub cutting work is well under way on the islands. Views of fields that were once covered in scrub are now green again, boreens choked up with briars are now clean allowing access to fields...
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Celebrations

Although apparently the weather hesitates in showing her happiness about the completion of winter season, I feel, smell and I can even see spring is there. Albeit the day appears to be dull there is always a glint of sun emerging unexpectedly. Sometimes I feel her...
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AranLIFE features on Nationwide

All of last week’s Nationwide programmes broadcast on RTÉ 1 were recorded on the three Aran Islands.  In case you missed any of them please see links below for all 3 programmes in the following order: Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, Inis Oírr. Patrick McGurn, AranLIFE project...
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Mapping Aran Irish: A 25-Year Job!

Over 25 years ago, the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies asked me to document the spoken Irish of Inis Mór in the Aran Islands. No serious study of Inis Mór Irish had been done there since the Danish scholar Holger Pedersen and the German scholar Franz Nikolaus...
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Purification

Purification Like a snugly coiled cat behind the stove, just awaking from a deep and comfortable sleep. Drowsily she blinks with her eyes as if to consider whether it is worthwhile to enervate further action while she is still in a trance of slumber. Lingering she...
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Renewel

It is that time of the year after the storms when the local farmers start to collect the seaweed for their fields . Looking at this abundant resource that nature provides one is constantly amazed by the painterly richness, color, tones, and textures. Through the...
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Flying into a new dawn

The first days of the new year have bought a reprieve from storms Eva , Desmond, and Frank which battered the western shores with a ferocity few of us can remember.   Having enjoyed a glorious October and November when the island reigned supremely in the beautiful...
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Spring is on the way

Early in the morning it is when I step outside. With the darkness the quality of the night is still around me; it feels comfortable. Like a woolen blanket wrapped around me. There is no wind and the sky is clear. No clouds are to be seen. Venus, one of the planets, is...
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Insight into a wintry day

It will pass as it always did and it always will be. The only thing is that one can never be sure about the moment “when”. Of course with the up to date technology a lot of movements is possible to check beforehand but still. A wintry day Since last night there is no...
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Celebrations

Although apparently the weather hesitates in showing her happiness about the completion of winter season, I feel, smell and I can even see spring is there. Albeit the day appears to be dull there is always a glint of sun emerging unexpectedly. Sometimes I feel her...

read more

Purification

Purification Like a snugly coiled cat behind the stove, just awaking from a deep and comfortable sleep. Drowsily she blinks with her eyes as if to consider whether it is worthwhile to enervate further action while she is still in a trance of slumber. Lingering she...

read more

Renewel

It is that time of the year after the storms when the local farmers start to collect the seaweed for their fields . Looking at this abundant resource that nature provides one is constantly amazed by the painterly richness, color, tones, and textures. Through the...

read more

Flying into a new dawn

The first days of the new year have bought a reprieve from storms Eva , Desmond, and Frank which battered the western shores with a ferocity few of us can remember.   Having enjoyed a glorious October and November when the island reigned supremely in the beautiful...

read more

Spring is on the way

Early in the morning it is when I step outside. With the darkness the quality of the night is still around me; it feels comfortable. Like a woolen blanket wrapped around me. There is no wind and the sky is clear. No clouds are to be seen. Venus, one of the planets, is...

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The Island’s Voice

Another Summer is on the wane.  Though wetter than usual this summer has been a very good one, for I have spent many happy days on each of the Aran Islands.   They have become my special place to roam, to bird-watch, and to daydream.  Each visit brings a new awareness...

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Mountain Biking on Inishmore

If you are really serious about exploring Inishmore Island’s  hidden gems, and getting off the beaten track then it is important you have a solid, reliable, and sturdy mountain that can withstand some of the gravel roads. These ladies hired out two of the latest...

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Inis Mor Bike Hire

Most people who visit the Inis Mor island will hire a bike and cycle to Dun Aongahasa which is a world heritage site located on 300m cliff and is just 8 kms from the pier where the Aran Islands ferry will drop you off. On this 8km cycle you will literally be cycling...

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Sunny cycling on Inis Mor

Inis Mor this summer has once again bought us with excellent weather conditions. Here are a couple of snaps of two canadian visitors enjoying their rented bikes in the sun.   The post Sunny cycling on Inis Mor appeared first on Aran Bike Hire. Source: bike...

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Ferragosto on Aran

At present we are inundated with Italian and French visitors coming to enjoy the peace, calm, and cool weather we have been having this summer as opposed to the inferno, heat and humidity that they have been experiencing on the continent. I am reminded of an anecdote...

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A romantic cycle on Inis Mor

  Heading off for a romantic cycle ride on Inis Mor Island is this lovely couple who hired bikes from Boston. Jennifer hired the new 2015 red retro bike and Anthony hired the new 2015 male mountain bike model. For a romantic cycle ride we recommend to head up to...

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The Darling Buds of May

Spring has sprung and the cuck00’s and starlings have arrived singing their hearts out. The Dawn chorus is certainly louder and earlier. The fields are alive with Gentians, Buttercups, Bluebells, Clovers, Dandilines, Primroses, Sea Pinks, Forget-Me-Nots, Sea...

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An Aran Islands Steak

The other morning I saw some farmers moving cattle ‘cows’ and getting ready for the lasta Mara , our cargo boat. The cattle on Aran can be termed organic as they are pastured outdoors all year, moved from field to field, then they are sent to the mainland...

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Happy days cycling on Inis Mor

Moments like this are what it is all about. At the end of the day you can sense the happiness people feel after cycling around the Island and making their way up Dun Aonghasa and back. It is a great experience!!!. The post Happy days cycling on Inis Mor appeared first...

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The rights of Spring

The season has changed and once again the glorious light of spring bathes the Islands in its lushness. The dawn chorus gets louder as wait for the arrival of the cuckoo. The air is perfumed with ransoms and primroses. Aran is at it’s most beautiful at this time...

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Mils Muliaina at Aran Bike Hire

Mils Muliaina at Aran Bike Hire Not only was the weather at it’s most glorious over this past weekend, the Rugby supporter staff at Aran Bike Hire were delighted to see a famous All Black Rugby Player Mils Muliaina from New Zealand hire a bike and cycle up to...

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Twins cycling to Dun Aonghasa

Twins posing for a photo with Dun Aonghasa in the distant background. February 2015 A candid photograph of a pair of French speaking twins making their way to Dun Aonghasa on Inis Mor Island. Even though the weather was cold (photo taken in February 2015) you can...

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