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The Cloud of Unknowing – The Fisher King

‘The Wasteland’ by T.S. Eliot is preceded by a dedication to Ezra Pound. In English, it reads: “I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl of Cumae hanging in a jar, and when the boys said to her, Sibyl, what do you want? she replied I want to die.”             My love for the word, or my awareness that language had a great and magical

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Elephant Hawk-Moths and Rosebay Willowherb

Caterpillar Watch We’ve been coming across loads of caterpillars in the garden at the moment, brightly coloured blue and green ones, child hood favourite hairy mollys crossing pathways in a determined fashion and then the piece de resistance—the Elephant hawk-moth. On the first sighting of this massive (about the length of an index finger) caterpillar with its velveteen body of dun, black and brown with painted eyes at the front

Rural Eye – The International Year of the Family Farm

The International Year of Family Farming (2014 IYFF) is a worldwide celebration, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, that aims to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural, based on farming families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families.   Around the world, during this year, the profile of family farming and smallholders is being raised by focusing attention on its significant role in providing food security

An Emigrant’s Diary – a visit from mum and dad

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has moved to Calgary, Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants. At the time of writing, Mike’s mom and partner are getting ready to leave Calgary. They were due to fly into Calgary on August 8, but unfortunately their flight was overbooked from Heathrow, so they were stuck overnight in London.

Letters – Gaza and Israel

Dear sir   I wish to thank Margaret O Dee (letter “Support for Israel” Aug 19) for this very informative and very insightful letter. I have read and reread her letter many times, she is correct by saying that people in Ireland know nothing about Israel and life in Israel. This letter has been an eye opener for me.

Letters – Dunmanway playground

Dear Editor, I read an article in the latest edition on the new Dunmanway playground. It stated its suitability for ages 2-6yrs. As a local resident and delighted to see the work completed, I am very disappointed with the results. The playground is far from suitable for ages 2-6yrs. I brought my 2 and a half year old daughter there and she wasn’t able to climb the vertical ladder for

Letters – All one sided media coverage of the Gaza Crisis

As an Irish person working in Israel for the past number of years, I am today ashamed to be Irish in Tel Aviv.The Irish people are directing alot of hate to this country, they are very misinformed due to one sided reporting and untruths on the Gaza conflict and in general about Israel. With regards to the issues drawn up by Michael O Sullivan I would like to address them.

Letters – Japanese Knotweed

Finally it looks like someone is taking the scourge of Japanese Knotweed seriously (re article 12th August). Here in West Cork it’s spreading at an alarming rate. I think almost too late for efficient eradication. Our roadsides and lovely West Cork hedgerows are being eaten up by the stuff. Snave beach is now taken over and it is moving at a rate of knots.