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RNLI give 1,414 reasons to respect the water as charity releases 2014 Irish lifeboat figures

Last year in Ireland the RNLI’s lifeboat crews launched 1,089 times, bringing 1,414 people to safety. The charity is calling for the public to think ahead and never underestimate the strength and power of the sea and inland waters as it today (Wednesday 28 January) releases its 2014 lifeboat launch and rescue statistics, based on detailed returns of service, from each of its 45 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The figures

Documentary highlights the ecological pressures facing the River Lee

A NEW locally produced documentary is making waves in environmental circles for highlighting the ecological impact of the 1950s hydro-electric schemes on the River Lee.   The film River Runner is an in-depth and to date, untold story of the river Lee. It highlights the beauty and the tragedies of the Lee Valley and what was once an important part of Irish legend and lore, the wild Atlantic salmon.

Garryvurcha Church, Bantry now open to the public

Garryvurcha Church, an 18th-century ruin and graveyard, is said to be the oldest building still standing in Bantry, but for years an unsafe gable wall has restricted access to the site. Now this registered national monument has received a facelift, allowing public access to the interior of the church for the first time since restoration efforts began more than three years ago.  

Letters – exporting education

Dear Editor, In this country we have a population of 4.8 million in that we have 1,365,000 people in education. These are extremely well educated people thanks to our educators the larger portion of which we are exporting. I think this is very very wrong and something has to be done about it. I can never get to grips with the idea that the educated people of Ireland allowed any

Rural Eye – Forestry: To Plant or Not to Plant

The new forestry program 2015-2020 is now being rolled out and will come under detailed scrutiny by farmers and landowners over the coming weeks. In conjunction with the roll out of the new scheme, Teagasc in associations with the Forestry Service are holding a series of 28 information meetings countrywide. This includes meetings at Skibbeeren on Tuesday January27th and Macroom on Monday January 26th.

The Cloud of Unknowing – The Elder Gods

“The greatest of all the accomplishments of twentieth-century science has been the discovery of the extent of human ignorance.” -Lewis Thomas                 Human beings are like the Tardis in Dr Who- much, much bigger on the inside than we appear to be. Some of what constitutes our inner world is obvious- our dreams, fears, memories, desires, likes and dislikes- but much of what

Letters – Cork needs a TEAM approach

Dear Sirs, Cork can progress with a TEAM aproach . Last Thursday we learned of a major development which could impinge or enhance the future Governance of Ireland’s largest county Cork. When Minister Alan Kelly joined the Cork City and County Mayors to announce that an expert review group would make recommendations on the Cities’ boundaries and other areas of how Cork’s local Government is managed. Cork and Cork natives

Letters – A myopic view

Dear Sir, It has become very clear to me in the early weeks of 2015 that the Fine Gael deputies in West Cork have decided to step up their denial and continue to gloss over the real problems facing the people of West Cork. This week I heard two West Cork deputies speaking on the radio, one was going around West Cork holding public meetings to consult about the different