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Making a bee-line for native honey

With one in every three mouthfuls pollinated by honey bees, food would become unaffordable without them. John Rainsford talks to Frank Considine, Clare representative of the newly formed Native Irish Honey Bee Society, who hums the praise of the unsung heroes of Irish agriculture  

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Survey shows rise in hotel room bookings

CROWE Horwath, who are leading advisors to the Irish Hotel sector, has launched its 18th annual survey, which showed improvements in the West of Ireland in terms of room occupancy.

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Cliffs’ visitor numbers up 10.5%

THE Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience recorded a 10.5% increase in visitor numbers between January and June, compared to the same six-month period in 2012.

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Ennis historical trails app to go multilingual?

THE success of the Ennis Town Historical Trails App has sparked calls to now translate the app into different languages for the county capital’s tourists.

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Love is anything but plane sailing

LOVE was definitely in the air when a group of daters, including Spanish Point’s Aisling Walsh, set a new Guinness World record for the world’s highest-ever speed date last week.

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Pilgrims arrive after the flood

BISHOP Kieran O’Reilly led 450 pilgrims on the 57th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes recently, just one week after the authorities were forced to close the sanctuaries after floods devastated the Pyrenees region of the South of France.

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Scents of a supergarden

SHE has won RTÉ’s Supergarden competition, as well as a silver medal at Dublin Bloom with her innovative garden designs but when it comes to her own garden in Bunratty, Lisa McKnight admits “I just can’t find enough time”.

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Hard at work, Emmet ‘Hopper’ Ryan grew up to the sound of the sea.

The Hopper effect

Emmet ‘Hopper’ Ryan’s life, and death, leaves an indelible mark on family and friends, writes Peter O’Connell

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