These two environmental stories caught my eye:
Dooagh Beach is back! The strand on the west side of Achill Island, Mayo, disappeared 33 years ago during a storm. Now, a “freak tide” has deposited hundreds of tons of sand where for more than three decades there has been nothing but rocky tide pools.
This Smithsonian.com story links to other coverage.
Meanwhile, The Irish Times reports that 30 to 40 gorse fires are raging across the country. The majority of the fires are burning around the Border area and Roscommon and Sligo, but the most significant blaze is in Cloosh Valley in Galway, according to the Times.