5 reasons to read the new issue of Irish Country Magazine

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The January | February issue of Irish Country Magazine is here, with great reads, bright ideas and all the inspiration you need to start the year off right!

Get your hands on the new issue of Irish Country Magazine (or download a digital copy here) and enjoy lots of uplifting and engaging content to get you excited for the year ahead.

Seána Kerslake

With her role in RTÉ’s Smother, Seána Kerslake has cemented herself as one of Ireland’s most compelling actors. Wearing stunning sustainable design in our cover shoot on Donabate beach, and talks to Klara Heron about the highs and lows of being an actor. With film roles, more TV and more exciting opportunities coming her way, this is going to be Seána’s biggest year yet. 

 

The Bright Side

The world can feel overwhelming at the moment, for obvious reasons, but there is also a lot to smile about. We listed 22 amazing people and initiatives that are having a positive impact as we head into 2022, from sustainability activists to inspirational sports stars. 

 

Positive habits

Eve Menezes Cunningham’s move to the West of Ireland has made her appreciate the restorative powers of nature, and she shares tips on how to include grounding practices in your daily life. Our new sustainability columnist Jo Linehan shares her attempts to leave less of an impact on the world around her, without losing her marbles along the way. And if you’ve always wanted to put pen to paper, we have a guide to finally writing and publishing your first book. 

 

Practical magic

To help you feel a bit more together for the year ahead, we have lots of gorgeous fashion, excellent beauty advice and practical, everyday money-saving tips on how to live more sustainably. In beauty, Aisling Keenan breaks down the beauty advice you shouldn’t ignore. And Janine Kennedy investigates why financial literacy is something every woman should care about in our personal lives and across society as a whole. 

 

40 shades of green

In our travel pages, we showcase the best places to stay that put an emphasis on sustainability. Plus, consider staying somewhere a little different, such as a house boat or a lodge in the mountains that celebrates the great outdoors. In gardening, Leonie Cornelius looks at our love of snowdrops and how to capture their magic in your own garden. Mairead Lavery speaks to a gardener and a retailer about changing the way we grow for the better. Plus, be in with the chance to win a trip to Carlow’s Snowdrop Festival in February, with two-night stay at Seven Oaks Hotel and a €100 voucher to spend at Altamont Plant Sales.