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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.  

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

From Inchydoney to Mozambique

by Fr John Kingston CSSp.   On Christmas morning 2013 a magnificent crowd gathered at Inchydoney Beach for the annual Christmas swim in aid of the Spiritan mission where I work in Mozambique.   I was present on the beach but not in the water because of a massive cold I caught immediately on arrival in Ireland from Mozambique where it was high summer then. Many people swam, more than

West Cork book venture aims to nurture comic writing

“MANY things should be taken seriously – but thankfully life is not one of them” – so says Glengarriff-based website publisher, Brian Wall of Bibliovista.com. He is promoting Old Sod’s Big Book of New Irish Comedy – a compilation of new Irish comic writing and cartoons which has a foreword by the multi-talented actor and writer, Frank Kelly, better known to many as Fr. Jack.

Give the gift of hope this Christmas

Kinsale man Padraig Fitzgerald, founder of the Kinsale Peace Project recently visited Zimbabwe with Trocaire, here he tells of a resilient, friendly people in need above all of hope for the future.   Sitting down in Kinsale on a wet and windy day to write about my trip to Zimbabwe, two weeks after my visit, it feels a million miles away from my first morning in Harare, the country’s capital.

Don’t stop me now – it’s never too late to pursue your dreams, says Linda Burrage

It all started after I retired and moved to Ireland, to a house in an idyllic spot on a cliff top between Glengariff and Bantry in West Cork. As I immersed myself in the history of the country, I was taken aback by the desperately sad story of the famine years and all those who were forced to leave their homeland because of starvation. I decided to erect a memorial