Author: Orla

Where Should the Woodlands Go?

For a few years now I’ve been half-begun on a project to help identify key strategic locations for woodland restoration. I’ve spoken about native Irish woodlands, their tiny fragmented remains, and have spent the month of October on my #Treetober threads talking about Ireland’s tree species. What I think is often missing in the conversation

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Less Loveable Lifeforms Like Me

Celebrate saving the less charismatic Write odes to plankton, snail and flies, Our love of birds and mammals may be automatic, But we struggle to value lichen in our lives. It’s harder to sing of fungi than of tigers, Hard to remember the worm in the earth, Diversity means algae as much as flowers So

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Do Fantasy Writers Think Irish is Discount Elvish?

A popular cousin of the “terrible English accent by an American actor in a fantasy movie” is the “this elvish thing is kinda Irish but only whatever I remember about Ireland from that one Wiccan girl I dated in college”. Why does how Irish language and mythology is used in Western Fantasy matter? It is

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An gCeapann Údair Fantaisíocht Nach Bhfuil sa Ghaeilge ach “Elvish” Lascainithe

Tá gaol gairid idir an t-aisteoir Meiriceánach a chuireann blas Sasanach air féin i scannán fantaisíochta agus an scríbhneoir a deir leis féin “is Gaeilge de shaghas éigin í an Ealbhais seo, ach níl inti ach an méid is cuimhin liom gcailín Wicca sin ar shiúil mé amach léi san ollscoil”. Cén fáth a bhfuil

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Living by Your Values

Some days it feel like conservatives simultaneously claim ownership over the idea of “values” and “morals” while criticising “the left” as overly emotional. Equally a lot of alleged progressives have let them do this, seeing values as describing somethings backwards and irrational rather than what it is – prioritised ethics. But there are things I

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Don’t Kill Your Darlings, Share Them – Storytelling and RP Games

It’s long been debated in writing circles, the idea of being too precious with your writing. Some of the controversial advice given in this regard comes from poet, Allen Ginsburg, to “kill your darlings” and strip away those parts of your writing that feel cosy and comfortable. Now there are many alternative views to this,

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The story with Irish woodlands

It’s relatively well known that before the arrival of humans, aproximately 9000 years ago Ireland was covered in mixed, broadleaf woodland. A huge amount of deforestation happened in the first few millennium as the human population became settled and these first Irish are often both credited and blamed for how the Irish landscape looks today,

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