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Muskerry woman seeking Euro seat

”’I am driven, passionate and committed to creating a change for the betterment of our people,” so says Muskerry woman Liadh Ní Riada who is Sinn Féin’s candidate in the upcoming European Parliament election on May 23rd. Ní Riada is the party’s National Gaeilge Officer and the youngest daughter of the iconic composer and musician, Seán O’ Riada.

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Shirley Poppies and Pink Fizz

by Daisy Wilson APRIL  has arrived, the clocks have changed meaning a week’s worth of confusion talking about old time and new time, and the evenings are stretching grandly towards nine o’clock. Everywhere there are signs that spring is well and truly under way. The hedgerows are brimming with sunny spots of shimmery yellow wood celandine and buttery yellow primroses. Willows, already bedecked in catkins, are now leafing up, a

An Emigrant’s Diary – No rest for the wicked!

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has moved to Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants SO it’s STILL snowing here in Calgary – I’m pretty sure it’s been snowing non-stop for about a week or so now. The worst thing is that the temperatures haven’t exactly been freezing either, but the snow is just getting to be a

The Cloud of Unknowing – Who were the Knights Templar?

by Anne Crossey THE Order of Templars, or Order of the Poor Knights of Christ have captured public imagination through best-sellers such as The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, The Hiram Key by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, and less benignly, in the 2012 trial of the Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik who claimed to be a member of an extreme and militant right-wing group

Letters – opposition to fish farming

History repeats itself. Just as theologians of old tailored science to back their leader’s beliefs, today the Marine Institute tailors their research to back Minister Simon Coveney’s agenda.   In publishing papers stating sea lice have little impact on wild salmon, the Marine Institute positioned themselves in direct opposition to all other international research studies on the topic to date. This begs the question, why is the Marine Institute going

Rural Eye – Beef farming; a frustrating occupation

THERE is no doubt that substantial numbers of cattle and beef farmers have in recent months been losing their shirts due to the poor prices for beef cattle. This is especially true with over aged bulls and out of spec cattle. In addition quality assured cattle now have to be kept for seventy days on the last owner’s farm before going to slaughter. Also a wide range of other restrictive

Make a difference in West Cork – Lisheens House, Therapy and Counselling Centre

A 39 year old man took his life in 2007, a family man, he got depressed and could not cope with life, his head became fried and after one suicide attempt he eventually succeeded and ended his own life. That man left his wife, his children and let me tell you, the tsunami it left behind was incomprehensible and unimaginable. That man was the husband of the founder of Lisheens

Gripping account of Ireland’s War of Independence and the Civil War

JAMIE Moynihan had the unique distinction of being the officer commanding the group of Irish Volunteers who carried out the first armed attack on crown forces in Ireland after the Easter Rising, at the Mouth of the Glen in Muskerry on 7 July 1918. He also commanded the Volunteers who carried out the last armed attack of that war, at Céim Carraige, Carriganima, at 3 p.m. on the day of