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Dúlra

Gearóid Ó Muilleoir, pen name Dúlra, is a wildlife buff who was brought up on the slopes of Belfast’s Black Mountain where he spent almost every waking moment hillwalking, birdwatching and fishing.


He’s witnessed massive changes in the local environment, with fields disappearing and nature retreating. “When I was young we had corncrakes breeding in the heart of west Belfast and a barn owl used to swoop down over the street as we played in the evening," he says.


“All that’s gone - but the one thing that has given me heart is the rewilding movement. Nature just needs to be given the space to do its thing without human interference and it can return from the brink.”


Gearóid has spent a lifetime in journalism, working with all the main newspapers here and he’s now production editor of the Sunday World. Outside of the environment, his other passion is the Irish language and he’s a regular on award-winning Belfast station Raidió Failte.

Latest Stories

DÚLRA: Lawns that are neat ain’t all that sweet

DÚLRA: Lawns that are neat ain’t all that sweet

DÚLRA: A very busy week in our local gardens

DÚLRA: A very busy week in our local gardens

DÚLRA: Let’s unlough this marvellous potential

DÚLRA: Let’s unlough this marvellous potential

DÚLRA: Guardians of the barn owls assemble

DÚLRA: Guardians of the barn owls assemble

DÚLRA: Midnight on the lough, a dream come true

DÚLRA: Midnight on the lough, a dream come true

DÚLRA: A little bit of dusk delight

DÚLRA: A little bit of dusk delight

DÚLRA: Night-time visitor wasn’t the expected one

DÚLRA: Night-time visitor wasn’t the expected one

DÚLRA: A pair of angels on the White Mountain

DÚLRA: A pair of angels on the White Mountain

DÚLRA: Another Slievenacloy wild goose chase

DÚLRA: Another Slievenacloy wild goose chase

DÚLRA: Life and death in the summer garden

DÚLRA: Life and death in the summer garden

DÚLRA: High-tech help for our wonderful swifts

DÚLRA: High-tech help for our wonderful swifts

DÚLRA: Family fortunes in the bird world

DÚLRA: Family fortunes in the bird world

DÚLRA: Swift action needed to save this iconic bird

DÚLRA: Swift action needed to save this iconic bird

DÚLRA: Busy parents face a crafty adversary

DÚLRA: Busy parents face a crafty adversary

DÚLRA: Dry dock ducklings travel first class

DÚLRA: Dry dock ducklings travel first class