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West Cork gardeners feature on Sodshow podcast

SEVERAL well known West Cork gardeners will feature on the popular Sodshow gardening podcast with landscape gardener Peter Donegan in the coming weeks. First up is Tony O’Mahony, Head Gardener at Inish Beg Estate, his interview is available online now and he is set to be followed by Serge and Claudine de Thibault from the Bamboo Park in Glengarriff and David and Mary Tanner from Glenview Gardens. The three shows

Trump outscores Hitler on test used to determine psychopathic traits

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump outscores Adolf Hitler on a test used to determine psychopathic traits, according to an Oxford University researcher. Psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton ranked the psychopathic traits of the two U.S. presidential hopefuls and historical figures using a standard psychometric tool – the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI).

Guns, ISIS: Has Donald Trump finally gone too far?

By Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to self-implode this week with two of the most outlandish remarks of his rapidly disintegrating campaign. Speaking about Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plans to reform gun control in the United States, at a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Mr. Trump claimed that Mrs. Clinton ” wants to abolish the Second Amendment”  (the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear

Former CIA agent launches anti-Trump campaign for President

By Stephen Johnson Former CIA agent Evan McMullin this week launched an independent campaign for the White House, hoping to attract support from Republican voters who are not comfortable with the party’s nominee, Donald Trump. Mr. McMullin has been a vocal critic of Mr. Trump, labeling him as an “authoritarian” and criticizing the real estate billionaire for refusing to release his tax returns.

New poll shows Clinton widening her lead over Trump

by Stephen Johnson Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton currently holds an eight-point lead over her Republican opponent Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday, August 7.    Mrs Clinton now leads Mr. Trump by 50 percent to 42 percent amongst registered voters, double the four-point advantage she enjoyed in mid-July, before the Republican and Democratic national conventions.  

Trump faces backlash for criticising Muslim couple whose son was killed in Iraq

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing a huge backlash from his fellow Republicans over comments he made over the weekend criticising a Muslim couple whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004. U.S. Army Capt Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in 2004 at the age of 27. Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week

Paint Harmony – Time For A Summer Spruce UP

Tips & Tricks with Lauraine Farley The most economical way to give your home a ‘Summer’  Spruce up is to decorate any room, to update tired looking furniture or to make slight adjustments with your colour palette is to tie in fabrics with wall colours. This can be so much fun and enable you to put your own personal stamp onto your interior. Shown here all of the woodwork is

Hillary Clinton Makes History in Philadelphia

by Stephen Johnson On Thursday night, the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clint6on declared that the U.S. is at “a moment of reckoning,”  Last night, Clinton made history as the first woman to ever receive a major U.S. party’s Presidential nomination.   She portrayed Donald Trump, her Republican opponent in the November election, as someone who would usher in “midnight in America”.

Michelle Obama steals the show in Philadelphia

by Stephen Johnson FIRST Lady Michelle Obama stole the show on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Her 15-minute speech provided the most powerful, emotionally-charged moment of the evening.

Gloria Steinem draws overflow crowd at West Cork Literary Festival

by Penelope Thoms Famed American author, feminist, editor and political activist Gloria Steinem filled the Windward Room of the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on Saturday, 23rd July, to talk to more than 400 women – and about a dozen men – about her new book MY LIFE ON THE ROAD as part of this year’s West Cork Literary Festival. Steinem’s probably could have filled Croke Park; her event was sold

Trump on the stump – candidate playing to a “shrinking minority of the increasingly-diverse American electorate”

by Stephen Johnson Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past week was aimed at his supporters, who constitute a shrinking minority of the increasingly-diverse American electorate. His speech, on the final night of the convention, focused on the supposed dangers posed by illegal immigrants, the rise in domestic violence, trade deals that harm mostly-white, older blue-collar American workers, and the threat posed by foreign-based

Swinging Back to the 60s – All You Need is LOVE in Skibbereen & 60s Home Decor

With Lauraine Farley On Friday 22nd July The whole town of Skibbereen will reverberate to the sounds of the 60s for the day with shops displaying posters and artefacts from the period and staff dressed in period costume. it will be Great fun for locals and visitors alike. Perfect timing for the opening of the fabulous New Vintage shop ‘Liberty & Jasmine’ on Bridge Street where not only will you

An emigrant’s diary – A tribute to Nana Phil

As some of you may now be aware of, my plans changed quite unexpectedly during the last few weeks due to the death of my beautiful grandmother. Nana Phil passed away in her sleep on the morning of June 29, and we were all obviously devastated by her passing. Nana’s health had unfortunately been deteriorating in recent months, but her passing was still sudden and heart-breaking for us all. It’s

Penny’s Ex Libris – Remembering the Somme

by Penelope Thoms Last week the poppies were out all over the Somme. Nature’s own commemoration were everywhere on roadsides, roundabouts and in the fields.  Every year during planting season the earth dislodges its relics and the past returns.  A boot half eaten by time, a bayonet  rusted and blunt, the cap badge of a soldier who died too young and too soon when he marched to his doom on

New look for stunning boutique B&B and cafe, Castletownshend Castle, West Cork

Fresh new look for West Cork gem FOR location alone, The Castle, Castletownshend must be among one of the most picturesque settings in all of West Cork. The stunning heritage property looks out onto the tranquil waters of Castlehaven, while boats bob in the water and on a summer’s day it really is like a slice of heaven. A local landmark for centuries, The Castle has operated as a B&B

Letters – Brexit

Dear Sir, The UK’s upcoming referendum on 23 June on its continued membership of the EU has implications for all of Europe, but especially for Ireland.  European Movement Ireland is not telling people how to vote but we are encouraging people to have their say on this important issue.  We are strongly of the view that an EU without the UK would be bad for Europe, bad for the UK

Letters – anti-Catholic bandwagon

Dear Editor, This is a first for me, writing to a magazine. I just want to say that I am in complete agreement with Sekeeta Crowley’s letter. Anne Crossey’s article was nothing more than a rant against the Catholic church.

Letters – Penalty points for the fishing industry

Dear Sirs, The fishing industry has been dealt a destructive blow with the reintroduction of penalty points by Minister Simon Coveney. This has been done in recent days via the signing of a statutory instrument by the Minister . This comes in the wake of a number of successful challenges in the Irish Courts against the penal system enforced by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority . The penalty points system

Letters – WCDP respond to LEADER criticism

Dear Sirs, One might have expected that Finbarr Harrington’s recent letter to be informed by some basic facts That this wasn’t the case is perhaps of little surprise. Finbarr Harrington appears unaware that the selection of Local Action Groups to implement the LEADER programme, in West Cork as elsewhere, is subject to an “open, fair and transparent” process – a requirement clearly stated by the EU Commission and the Department

Letters – Relgion in education

Dear Editor, Perhaps I should clarify in respect to Ms Crowley’s letter that it is not only the Catholic Church that I believe should be kept well away from the Irish education system but indeed any pushers of totalitarian doctrine at all. I would be equally concerned if schools had a Nazi or Stalinist ethos so it is not simply about religion. It is about the indoctrination of children with

Letters – Rant against Christian belief

Dear Editor, I would like to comment on Anne Crossey’s article. I have read and reread it and all I find is a rant against Christian belief in general and the Catholic church in particular. I would be the first to agree that religion in all its many forms has been responsible for divisions and atrocities in the world. As an aside, there have also been many atrocities which have

The Cloud of Unknowing – Buckyballs

by Anne Crossey   ‘The dark ages still reign over all humanity, and the depth and persistence of this domination are only now becoming clear. This Dark Ages prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. Caught up in a plethora of conditioned reflexes and driven by the human ego, both warden and prisoner attempt meagerly to compete with God.

Anam Cara helping bereaved parents across West Cork

by John Bohane ANAM Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, are hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork on Wednesday, March 2nd, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This event presents parents with an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges families may face after the death of their son or daughter. Peter Hanlon,

Rural focus – Caheragh village changing with the times

LIKE most smaller West Cork communities, Caheragh, located between Skibbereen, Drimoleague and Bantry has experienced the threat of rural decline in recent years with the closure of two local shops and economic emigration. With a strong community spirit and enterprising local businesses, the village is fighting back however as Sinead Hegarty discovered.

Letters – LEADER programme funding

Dear sirs, Communities across Cork are battling challenging times and have been ravaged by cuts to essential funding. The commencement of the new LEADER programme is anxiously awaited. Its been two or more years since LEADER grants have last been allocated, and I know of community groups across the length and breadth of West Cork who have exciting and worthwhile projects in the pipeline and who have been denied the