Discover great reads, inspiring voices, new ideas and much more inside the July/August issue, in shops nationwide from June 22, 2021

The new July/August issue of Irish Country Magazine is in shops and available from digital download now. Full of inspiring stories, beautiful fashion, gardening and interiors, plus summer travel guides and extra puzzles to keep you busy. 

Zara King 

A familiar face on our screens and a calming presence throughout these uncertain times, we are delighted to have Virgin Media News correspondent Zara King as our cover star. The Waterford native talks to us about the demands of the daily news cycle, life on the road as a journalist, and giving a voice to the people behind the headlines. 

The show must go on

The arts and culture scene in Ireland could have drawn completely to a halt when Covid-19 closed the doors of our venues, galleries and museums. In our arts and culture special we speak to Minister Catherine Martin, poet Felispeaks, Crawford Gallery Director Mary McCarthy and Linda Coogan Byrne about resilience and future-proofing the industry. 

Long-awaited escapes 

We have travel guides for some of Ireland’s most beloved destinations to ensure your next night away is jam-packed with great food, experiences and top hotels. Writers Taryn de Vere and Nadine Reid enjoy a scenic staycation on Arranmore Island off the coast of Donegal, and Róisín Healy explores the mountains and valleys of the Munster Vales on foot, bike and horseback. 

Good influence

In a very special fashion shoot, influencer Louise Cooney models stunning looks for ShareJoy, a social start-up selling pre-loved fashion to raise funds for Pieta House. Plus, Ruth O’Connor speaks to the owners of Ireland’s most beloved boutiques for tips on how to wear their most recommended hero pieces. 

Inspirational stories 

Rachael Blackmore reflects on her history-making year, and sets her sights on her next big race. DJ and author Annie Mac opens up about making big life changes after 40. We speak to Sisters of Éire, a group of Muslim women ensuring the homeless of Dublin don’t go hungry. And two Irish women, who were victims of stalkers, are campaigning for new laws to keep people in this horrifying situation safe.