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A green space owned by no one but engaged by all

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in Features

In the midst of a housing estate in Dunmanway lies a patch of green land. On closer inspection you will notice raised beds, a willow shelter, a shed and even a polytunnel. Two years ago, this rough patch of land...

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Witnessing the resilience of Haitians

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in Features

On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck Haiti. More than 220,000 people were killed and over 300,000 injured. The massive earthquake, the biggest the region had seen in 200 years, left more than 1.5...

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The greatest gift you can leave behind

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in Features

There are over 600 people in Ireland awaiting life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. Worryingly, the number of organ donors in Ireland dropped by a quarter last year, making 2014 one of the worst in recent years for...

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Tackling bullying in West Cork

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Features

Lydia Bracken is an advocacy volunteer with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She is originally from Ballinadee and is currently undertaking a PhD in children’s rights in University College Cork. West Cork is home to...

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Fancy the trip of a lifetime?

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Features

After more than 10 years writing about the work just-one undertakes in Nepal, helping some of the poorest children there access educational opportunities they’d otherwise be denied, I’m absolutely delighted to now share our plans to welcome a group of...

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Lord Puttnum urges Mercy Heights’ students to take on life’s challenges

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Features

With the anticipated opening of Skibbereen’s amalgamated secondary school within the next two years, there was a sense of nostalgia during the penultimate Mercy Heights Secondary School Awards night held on Friday, January 16, 2015, in the West Cork Hotel....

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Walking with ghosts

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Features

“After Aushwitz, there can only be poetry.” Gerard Stern. “I will leave you here,” said Sophia, my guide. It was March 1990 and I was visiting Poland only months after the Berlin Wall fell. Today we rub shoulders with Poles...

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West Cork badgers snared for illegal and cruel ‘sport’

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Features

When Peg the beagle uncharacteristically went missing near Clonakilty last month, her owner knew something was amiss, as it was dinnertime. Calling local vets and animal shelters, Peg’s owner went through all the possible reasons for her disappearance, including being...

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