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Rural Eye -Increasing demand for rural broadband

On August 25th 2014 the National Broadband Scheme (NBS) ended. The Scheme was introduced in 2008, when the contract for delivering broadband to black-spots in rural Ireland was awarded to broadband provider 3. Since 2008 almost 80 million euro of taxpayer’s money has been spent by Government to subsidise the NBS scheme. The ending of the scheme means that broadband bills could now rise by up to €180 per year

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – The Garlic and the Hardwood Cuttings

Thunder, blue skies, lightning, torrential rain, freezing frosted mornings, warm sun, grey clouds. The first two weeks of October has covered as many bases as possible in regards to weather. But amongst the power outages and mini floods there have been plenty of gorgeous mild days for gardening. I’m feeling a little bit smugly organized because, due to the kindness of family, I received a load of well-rotted horse manure

The Cloud of Unknowing – The battle against plutocracy

Friends of mine are moving into a new house and as the previous owners had left hundreds and hundreds of old books behind, they invited me to rummage through and take away as many as I wanted. Happy days! I found some real beauties. As well as Brewster’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and Alexandre Dumas’ Dictionary of Cuisine, I found ‘The Greek Myths’ by Robert Graves. It’s a book

An Emigrant’s Diary – Coming home

In this series Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has moved to Calgary in Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.   So we booked our flights for our next trip home! We will be arriving into Cork Airport on Friday, February 27 and fly back to Calgary on Monday, March 9 so we have about 10 days or so at home.

Pandora’s Closet – Get The London Look

Despite the new season of Made In Chelsea having started two weeks ago, the show has to be credited with influencing our fashion taste buds. Now more girls in their early twenties are seen wearing “Mulberry” shades and fur, while Jack Wills isn’t just for the the university Jack the Lads. Couple this trend with my infatuation with over the knee boots…it’s rather more of a love affair actually…and it

Letters – West Cork badly under-represented at council level

Sir, If all the children of this nation are supposed to be treated fairly and equitably, can some politician explain why the West Cork area has been so shamefully treated in the allocation of local representatives on the county council? West Cork (Ballinascarthy to Dursey Island) has one rep per 5,781 inhabitants covering an area twice the size of many counties. Similarly, Bandon/Kinsale has a proportion of 5,245 per representative.

Letters – Palestine and Israel

Sir, Sandra O Gorman’s letter, September 25, refers to Palestinians as “indigenous”. Anyone who has studied middle eastern history would know that this is absolutely not correct. The indigenous people are the Jewish people. Jewish people are indigenous to what is called Israel, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and have had continuous presence that dates back to between 1250 to 1300 B.C.E, which is between 3,264 to 3,314 years ago.

The Cloud of Unknowing – Hail Eris!

                ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”     One of the central events in Greek mythology was the Trojan War, waged by the Greeks against the city of Troy when Paris of Troy abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus, King of Sparta. Most people know something about that. What is less well known is how the

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Bad aubergines and the Autumn Perennial Prune

It’s beginning to feel a lot like autumn. It took a morning of rain showers that persuaded an extra surge of leaf fall onto the roads to convince me that despite all the warmth and sunshine it is actually October. A tree I planted last year but have no recollection of planting has begun to transform from drab dark green into a rich showy red. Whatever it is, I’m glad