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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 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

RAWR dedicated to controlling the feral cat population in West Cork

THE Rural Animal Welfare Resources (RAWR) animal welfare group is calling on cat owners to help control feral cat populations by neutering their pets. Deirdre O’Brien of RAWR said, “Our aim is to tackle the problem of unwanted, abandoned and feral animals for the long term and we do this by going to the source, uncontrolled breeding. In basic terms we have a supply and demand problem when it comes

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.

Steve Coogan and Philomena – a family story

by Carol Gilbert   DURING an interview in West Cork a few years ago, Steve Coogan stated, ‘I like to do things I am passionate about.’   That passion was to the fore when he quite rightly took on the media during the UK’s Leveson Inquiry.   However when I saw a screening of the film ‘Philomena’ earlier this year I wondered why Coogan would have any connection or passion for the

Trocaire making a difference in Ethiopia

by Roger Morton, Trocaire volunteer When I answered the phone, a familiar voice said: “Hi, it’s Una from the Trocaire office in Cork. We are planning a visit to Ethiopia for a small group of committed volunteers like you to learn more about our work and support your campaigning – would you like to go?” The volunteers would pay for and fund their own travel. I must have hesitated for

Global warming explains decline in wild salmon survival rates

by Carol Gilbert DECLINING numbers of Atlantic wild salmon stocks have mystified scientists for the past 20 years. A recent European Union (EU)-funded research project has produced some surprising results. SALSEA-MERGE, the European strand of the SALSEA project, has made a vital contribution towards discovering why numbers of wild salmon are in decline and dying at sea. The SALSEA project was initiated by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASC)