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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

An Emigrant’s Diary – time flies!

It was fantastic to have Mom and Dad here in Calgary for two weeks – the time absolutely flew because we packed so much in during their stay. Since Mike and I worked for most of the first week, we didn’t get a huge amount of sightseeing done during the week but Mom and Dad did their own thing during the day, and then we did lots of different activities

Rural Eye – The hues of autumn

AS usual summer ends and autumn comes. The long, languorous days of summer are now gone. The changing of the season heralds the start of one of nature’s most spectacular shows, as the autumn leaves transform into striking hues of red amber and yellow. In addition, this year’s apple trees are fulsome with a magnificent crop of delicious fruit.

Winter is coming

Winter is coming. For those of you who don’t watch Game Of Thrones, you still get my drift. It means long cold nights where the only thing to keep you warm are your summer memories. And your Pennys pajamas. I love a little luxury as much as the next girl but you can keep your Olatz silk pajama set. There is nothing better than being engulfed by a onesie from

Letters – Israel and Gaza

Dear Editor, And, respectfully, Mark O’Brien (‘More Israel and Gaza’): If any of what you say is true – and I am guessing that your introduction ‘The Gatestone Institute believes that traditional news outlets conduct insufficient reporting on critical issues and thus distributes information about events which is often very misleading’ was not what you intended to say! – then of course it is appalling. I have no doubt that