DÚLRA was in the garden with his daughter enjoying the great weather this week when he heard a low humming noise. It was from a far-off neighbour’s lawnmower, but when he first heard it, he wasn’t sure. He turned to his daughter and asked: “Do you hear a grasshopper?” She replied: “I don’t know, I’ve never heard one.” She must have during all those trips up the mountains with her da over the years. But she was adamant. It was, for Dúlra, proof that younger generations are becoming more disconnected from nature. And not because they aren’t interested, but because the ecological extinction that we have overseen in the past half-century has robbed them of something that we took for granted.