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Corcaigh, Ireland


Hedgerows, a valuable part of our landscape

by Nikki Darrell (For Cork Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust) Hedgerows may be a habitat that was originally planted by humans but then we are part of nature too and these habitats serve many valuable purposes. They act as windbreaks, help with land drainage and healthy water tables, and provide food and shelter for many small mammals, birds and insects. Hedgerows also act as ‘highways’ for these creatures to

Documenting Ireland’s islands

by Dolly O’ Reilly   The 2011 census puts the number of island dwellers off the Irish coast at 2,896. The Comhar na nOileán website provides a map of these islands and the number of inhabitants on each. Out of a total of 32 islands, five are now listed an uninhabited (these five islands each had one person living on them according to the 2006 census).

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.

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

Canada’s Napa

by Carol Gilbert It’s official.  Penticton BC is the new Napa, scoring higher temperatures, less rainfall than its US counterpart, and with Penticton’s wineries growing in numbers and reputation, it has become a major tourist destination for Canadians, Americans and visitors from Europe and beyond.  Predominately known in the past as a fruit growing region, and with towns like Summerland and Peachland fringing the Okanagan Lake, the success of its wineries

Down Under – The Red Centre

  by Conor Long THE Red Center of Australia is home to one of the most iconic images in the world. The flickering shadows and changing colours as the light of the sun plays across the surface of Uluru make it one of the most recognisable photos in any album, and as such it was the focal point of our trip to the heart of Australia. Australia is a relatively

Features – She ‘found’ Jesus

by Elizabeth Hitchcock   I travel to India quite a lot and over 15 years from 1999 we built a large school and revamped a group of six  villages.    I also personally accompany Tours to India.   India is a magical, spiritual country and there is always room for surprises, smiles, bright colours and sunshine!

Anthony Walsh and the Nk’Mip

by Carol Gilbert   It was last week’s reports from Cheltenham Festival which reminded me of Anthony Walsh, a name I came across on a visit to the Nk’Mip lands (pronounced “in-Ka-meep”).  The Okanagan First Nation people have lived from time immemorial on lands which are one hour south of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada and ten minutes north of the US Border.

Kilmeen Kubs Nursery Programme

The “Kilmeen Kubs” Nursery Programme is a hurling, camogie and football coaching programme.  This programme is a joint venture run by Kilmeen National School and Kilmeen & Kilbree GAA Club. The programme was originally launched in February 2013. The launch of the second year of this successful venture took place on 28th February 2014.   The coaching takes place over eight weeks with an all-important emphasis on fun activities. Originally