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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: Spring snowstorms in Colin Glen and cherry blossom central

DÚLRA: Spring snowstorms in Colin Glen and cherry blossom central

DÚLRA: Here’s a bird that can look after itself

DÚLRA: Here’s a bird that can look after itself

DÚLRA: A Cave Hill ordeal in aid of a rare bird of prey

DÚLRA: A Cave Hill ordeal in aid of a rare bird of prey

DÚLRA: Spring spawns a multitude of new lives

DÚLRA: Spring spawns a multitude of new lives

DÚLRA: A bird in the hand for this rambling man

DÚLRA: A bird in the hand for this rambling man

DÚLRA EXCLUSIVE: Pine Martens return to Belfast Hills

DÚLRA EXCLUSIVE: Pine Martens return to Belfast Hills

DÚLRA: In the Colin hills, nature reclaims what man has abandoned

DÚLRA: In the Colin hills, nature reclaims what man has abandoned

DÚLRA: A bed of thistle to welcome kestrel home

DÚLRA: A bed of thistle to welcome kestrel home

DÚLRA: First-time visit to the lake by the lough

DÚLRA: First-time visit to the lake by the lough

DÚLRA: The mealy redpoll - A very different kind of North Pole visitor

DÚLRA: The mealy redpoll - A very different kind of North Pole visitor

DÚLRA: Jackdaw down but help is at hand in the winter garden

DÚLRA: Jackdaw down but help is at hand in the winter garden