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In a country where the economy is as susceptible to financial highs and lows as daffodil petals are to a spring breeze, Ireland, can be difficult to stay up and running. If you are one of the lucky ones that manages to make a start and secure a bit of cash from a bank or… Read more »

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Living in the Middle East and trying to raise your kids as Irish Catholics ain’t easy but somehow when you’re away from home it never seems so important. A large chunk of the work happens in the summer when you’re home in Ireland. In fact summers home can be like a crash course for the… Read more »

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It really is hard to believe that it’s already October, and the year is winding down inexorably towards Halloween and that other mid-winter festival that will remain unmentioned. Thankfully there’s still some sowing activity to do this month that helps us to hang on to this year’s growing for a little longer. The way I… Read more »

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Dear Fellow Gardeners, In the last few days I’ve been travelling up and down the country participating in garden open days or study days. On Friday I was at the Walled Garden Study day held at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow. The event was organised by the Irish Georgian Society. I learned so much from… Read more »

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“And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993”!!! Congratulations to all my friends who were born in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos… They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, bread… Read more »

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It’s endearing to watch the news and late night talk shows and hear just how concerned Irish people are about being inclusive to all religions in Catholic schools across Ireland. A hard core disgruntled group of do-gooders speaking out for those that fail to get into our national schools which are of course primarily Catholic… Read more »

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Dear Editor, In most European Countries students can go into a stream of education for the trades at the age of 16. Why does our system of Education keep pushing everyone towards the Leaving Cert and towards a 3rd Level Degree for all? Is it because we don’t have teachers qualified to teach any other… Read more »

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This is my three hundredth column for Corks Evening Echo, I have four children, five (10 really) kilos excess weight and I am nineteen years older than I’d like to be. Like everything else, I number my years in existence too, today I am 39 years old today, tomorrow I will be forty. I don’t… Read more »

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When we allow ourselves to understand the impact our actions have on ourselves, we realise the necessity to take loving action. We each have the power to correct conditions within as well as to affect the world we live in. There are so many ways to apply love in our everyday lives. Yet, if we… Read more »

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Successful food growing is as much about time spent in the kitchen as in the veg patch and at this time of the year that point is usually in sharp focus. The garden is at its most productive and you’re unlikely to be able to use all of its bounty straight away. So, storing the… Read more »

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Recently we celebrated 100 years since the 1916 Rising and the reading of the proclamation that helped shape and pave the way for the country we have today. I was lucky to be present at my children’s national school at Easter as some of the students there read the proclamation that our forefathers had written… Read more »

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When you live abroad for a while, the newness wears off the new surroundings and regardless of how strange it seemed at first, it will feel familiar and ‘normal’ in time. When I first arrived in Qatar I was awed by just about everything, over time, the awe has waned and is replaced by acceptance…. Read more »

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