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Letters – Wild Atlantic Way

I am very positive about the Wild Atlantic Way initiative and try to promote local areas through my own social media when the opportunity arises. I am, however,confused by a number of factors. Why does it only begin in Kinsale and not further eastwards-even counties Waterford and Wexford? Why, as evidenced by the sign on the eastern approach to Clonakilty from Ring, is the County Council trying to suggest that

Letters – Cork Airport

Sir, I come from a town called Kinsale, sixteen miles from Cork Airport where we depend on Cork Airport for tourism. The loss of 100 jobs at Cork Airport and another 4000 jobs SIPTU and IMPACT are well aware of British Airways history of downgrading routes. WARNING Cork Airport already struggling under a monstrous debt, could be confronting a doomsday situation and the impact on local economies such as Kinsale;

Rural Eye – Green Shoots of Spring

Despite having witnessed the changing of the seasons year after year, many of us are still fascinated at the early signs of spring. The arrival of the snowdrops and daffodils are normally recognised as the early stages of spring. This is usually the first hint that spring is somewhere on the horizon even though winter’s grip is still there to be borne. The brighter mornings and longer evenings of mid-January

The Cloud of Unknowing – Manly Hall

“It became the dream of the oppressed to re-establish a golden age upon the earth; an age in which the thinker could think in safety and the dreamer dream in peace; when the wise should lead and the simple follow, yet all dwelling harmoniously together in fraternal industry.’ -Manly Hall, ‘Lectures on Ancient Philosophy’      

An Emigrant’s Diary – Heading for home

When this article goes to print, it will be a matter of a couple of days before we will be at Calgary airport getting ready for our flight. We are both so excited to get home and see everyone, even though we are well aware that the 10 days will zoom by. I contemplated preparing a rough schedule so that we would manage to see everyone and do what we

The Economy Grows But So Does Poverty

This government is renown for its lying, but the explanation for why Kenny and crew claim there is growth and yet the signs of increasing poverty multiply is very straightforward. The purpose of the austerity policy which has been oppressing the whole of the EU and especially Ireland, Greece and Portugal, for seven years now, was the redistribution of income from the low and middle income earners to the high

The Cloud of Unknowing –What time is love?

“What time is Love?” -KLF   I was going to talk about St. Valentine today because of the time that’s in it. I go to visit him sometimes, his remains, or at least supposedly some part of him (it’s probably not polite to ask which specific part) in the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street, Dublin. It’s amazing how few people in Ireland know that he is there- it sounds to

An Emigrant’s Diary – Darkness into Light

IN a matter of weeks we will be on the way back to Ireland –by the time that my next column goes to print, we will be busy packing and getting ready for our flight. Time is absolutely zooming by these days, but when you have something to look forward to it definitely helps. It won’t be long before we’ll have the suitcases out and everything packed and ready to

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.