Whale Watch season has an early start in 2014


Posted on: 4th June, 2014 in Features

It’s that time of the year when the rich and diverse inshore waters of West Cork can come alive with marine wildlife and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) gears up for a busy season of monitoring cetaceans (whales,...

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Allison and the chocolate factory

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Posted on: 4th June, 2014 in Features

Allison Roberts and Clonakilty Chocolate is now part of an innovative campaign that aims to make small business ideas happen around the globe. She talks to Mary O’Brien about her ambitions. Indiegogo is the world’s most established crowdfunding platform —...

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Men’s Shed at sea

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Posted on: 29th May, 2014 in Features

What do you get when you put a group of men in a shed with some tools…sometimes you get a boat, or in the case of the Clonakilty Men’s Shed, quite a few boats in fact, as Mary O’Brien finds...

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Take time out to visit Bantry House

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Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in Features

With the house central to this 18th century stately home, the formal gardens with prominent Italian garden design elements are interconnected, with natural flow. This includes the south-facing parterre, with a central feature of a water-fountain and seating encircled by...

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Not a rehearsal


Posted on: 7th April, 2014 in Features

The UK creative sector accounts for 5.6 per cent of all employment. That’s alot of jobs. Film, TV, Music, Gaming, Photography – across the board the entertainment industry is booming. I don’t doubt, that the same trends are being reflected...

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The landscape of West Cork belongs to us all

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Posted on: 2nd April, 2014 in Features

This month is the perfect time to ‘take pride in your place’ and get West Cork in tip-top shape for the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way. The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce...

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Mind over matter

Hazel Cooper

Posted on: 2nd April, 2014 in Features

A quiet child, Hazel describes in her book how she grew up “tormented” by her mother, with whom she shared a very difficult relationship. She believes that her traumatic childhood experiences were the reason behind her own failings as a...

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So where are all the jobs going to come from?


Posted on: 10th March, 2014 in Features

I did not study in ‘Hogwarts’ and so I never learned how to tell the future or to read a crystal ball. Any prediction of the future must include a ‘sensible use only’ health warning. Saying that, we can bring...

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