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Top 10 eco escapes in Ireland

Lonely Planet had some harsh words for Ireland in its latest guide, claiming it’s not as green as it once was. But Catherine Mack, author of a new book about eco escapes on the Emerald Isle, begs to differ

Ireland has shed its squeaky-green image, according to the latest Lonely Planet guide. Apparently, we rate above average in terms of our per capita carbon footprint. But it’s a vision that doesn’t square with my experience: if there are a few dirty side effects of the booming economy, there are also plenty of people – hoteliers, travel agents, local councils – wanting to right the balance. Here’s my selection of the best green destinations, taken from my book, Ecoescape Ireland, to be published in May.

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