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An Emigrant’s Diary – Waiting for permanent residency

THE warm weather is starting to show here in Calgary – we’ve had a couple of gorgeous days recently where temperatures were 20 degrees, so it just makes us wish that summer was here already! Only another short while to go and we should definitely see temperatures rise higher again. Work has been very busy for us both recently – it’s approaching tax deadlines for my company so it’s going

Letters – Disadvantaged Farmers Legal Challenge

Disadvantaged Farmers Legal Challenge group are challenging the Department of Agriculture against cuts and penalties imposed on farmers in Ireland: 33,000 farmers in marginal and disadvantaged areas across rural Ireland have been hit by cuts and penalties to their Single Farm Payment, imposed on farm land which had been actively farmed and properly maintained for generations but was deemed ineligible and not fit for farming in 2013. Small farms in

Quality Products, Great Prices, Excellent Advice – Bandon Co Op Garden Centres at Bandon, Kinsale and Enniskeane

Advertorial At our three Bandon Co Op Garden Centres, not only are you guaranteed a huge range of gardening products  at great prices, but also excellent gardening advice from our three in-house experts! Ask the experts… At Bandon Co Op we are lucky enough to have three gardening experts with tons of experience and knowledge between them! In Bandon we have Sean Browne who has built up a large customer

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

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

Letters – Donkeys Suffer Greatly in our Wet Climate

Dear Editor, Donkeys come from Asia and Africa and have only been in Ireland for a few hundred years – not long enough for them to adapt to our wet climate. Unlike horses, donkeys do not have waterproof coats, and therefore suffer greatly when it is wet and windy. It can severely damage their health and shorten their life. It is therefore absolutely essential to provide a shelter all year

Letters – Dear Santy

Dear Santy, I’m so delighted to write to you again and warn you as you head south for Ireland to bear in mind that here in Ireland the clocks have been turned back by 167 years and not just one hour for winter time. It is now very similar to the dark days of 1847 when boat loads of grain left our country to pay the oppressors while thousands died

Bandon Schools ICT Initiative

The idea of asking local firms and individuals for their old PC’s and laptops came from a shortage of ICT equipment in our local schools. As a local secondary school teacher who teaches computers and as a parent to kids in a local primary school… it is obvious that the best way to teach young people about the strengths and advantages of computers is to get young people familiar with

Letters – Call for General Election

The next General Election will be about the direction our society takes. Will it be more austerity and bad politics by the conservative parties ? Or do we grasp the opportunity for new politics, for real change and a more transparent and accountable system of government? I believe that people want a change from the conservative austerity politicies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour and are open to voting

Letters – Ballymurphy families still waiting

Dear Sir, I am and have always been a man who finds injustice abhorrent, in life we all see injustice and are confronted with the choice to act of remain silent. Sometimes there is very little we can do to combat these injustices but it is my belief that I must do what I can. It is in this regard I require your assistance. I would like to highlight for

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Wintery Predictions

Winter weather predictions have been flying about of late. There have been various warnings: warnings that winter will involve copious amounts of snow and ice, or not much snow at all, that there will be more gales and rain than usual, or on the other hand, normal amounts of rain will soak the land. The boogie monster sounding Beast from the East, presumably some kind of fearsome Siberian wind, will

Letters – Irish Water another quango

Dear Editor, Every town and village in Ireland you go into Irish Water dominate the scene with posters and marches and with very very good reason when you realize that, €500 million out of the State Pension Fund, €600 million from our car tax, our property tax is also gone to Irish Water, it is apparently heading for €2 billion invested in Irish Water. Borrowing off the balance sheet my

Letters – thank you from Friends of Marymount Hospice

On behalf of the Friends of Marymount Hospice / West Cork we would like to thank you sincerely for the recent donation of €2,250.92 A ‘BIG’ thanks to all the sponsors; to those who gave raffle prizes and to all those who donated directly into the collection box. Thank you to the many people who helped in so many ways, making the evening such a huge success! A list of

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

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

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Lazy Beds and Strawberry Runners

Schools are back, September’s started and leaves are crisping. Which can only mean that summer is over. It seems unfair that summer time, even with all that extra daylight, runs at the speed of a shooting star while winter time trundles and sputters along like a vintage tractor with a wheel missing. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, that autumn is lovely with leaves ablaze with the colours of

Rural Eye – Badger Culling Continues to be Divisive

The badger is one of our most distinctive and best loved animals, possible because of their shy and harmless demeanour, which is probable why badger culling is so vehemently opposed. Badgers are heavy, thick-set mammals with powerful limbs. Easily recognisable, the head is white with two vertical black stripes from ears to below the nostrils. The rest of the body is grey/black which may also include some variations.

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

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.

Obituary – Tim Cadogan

Tim Cadogan passed away on 1 August 2014 after a long illness. Tim spent most of his working life as an Executive Librarian at Cork County Library, specialising in local history. His mastery of this area of scholarship, I believe, was attained not only by his natural interest in the subject, but also spurred on by his desire to satisfy those who called to the Library to look for assistance.

Letters – Gaza Silence

Dear Editor. Albert Einstein once said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything” It is so so sad to see so many of our gutless Irish politicians of all grades shirk to comment on the systemic obliteration of Gaza to hot to handle, it doesn’t justify their positions.

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Yarrow and Aubergines

Oh the heat! The humidity! Though I’m definitely not complaining; this is the best summer I can remember for a long time, with long warm evenings perfect for gardening. Full of motivation we’ve begun digging a brand new flower bed at the end of the lawn.  It’s large, I’m guesstimating three metres by four. But I’ve no clue really, except that I’m relieved not to be the primary digger. Its

Letters – Green Paper on Energy Policy

Dear Editor,   May I draw your readers’ attention to the closing date of 31st July for submissions on the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland? We are fortunate to live in a democracy where we are all given the opportunity to contribute to national policy. Once the closing date has passed, that opportunity will have passed, and we will be bound by the regulations that derive from the

The Winning Post – Non-runners

by Stable Lad   Have you noticed recently the number of non-runners that we encounter each weekend as the season goes by, also, although not for the same reason, the number of handicaps that are cropping up at every single meeting? Over last weekend we had the guts of around 40 withdrawals, which makes the punters task in picking winners all the harder. This is the time of year, of

The Winning Post  – a new wonder horse?

by   Stable Lad Well, do we have another champion? For me, at any rate, the jury is still out, with the pot still not properly on the boil, on our latest “wonder” horse, the Ballydoyle trained Australia, who came to the Curragh last weekend and won the Irish Derby, to add to his Epsom triumph, easily enough it must be said, but not in a race that, opposition wise,