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Dear Simon, make cost-of-living crisis a priority, or you’re toast!

DID you notice how ridiculously expensive Easter eggs were this year? Sure, I spotted a few tiny ones in the supermarkets for a couple of euro, but...

06.04.2024 7

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Rude, hostile customers must realise: they’re no longer king

THE phrase ‘the customer is king’ is so universal in business that there are versions of it in multiple languages. In German, der Kunde ist König...

30.03.2024 10

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Simon in, Leo out: Did FG learn nothing from referendum loss?

“MEET the new boss, same as the old boss,” goes the lyric to the 1970s hit by The Who. Ironically, the song is a critique of power and, even more...

23.03.2024 10

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Did YOU vote NO? 4 questions arising from referendum shock

WELL, it’s been quite the week. What, with Cillian Murphy landing an Oscar for Cork, and all kinds of rumours flying around about Britain’s Royal...

16.03.2024 7

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Birth, romance, death... phone boxes bore witness to them all

BACK in the era when fathers-to-be were kept well away from all matters pertaining to labour and birth, a worried husband in Cork left his home at 3am...

09.03.2024 10

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So much confusion over out-of- hours doc service in Macroom

MOST parents have been there. It’s the middle of the night or the weekend, and your child has taken a turn for the worse. Their temperature is...

24.02.2024 7

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This referendum should be an open goal... what an epic fail!

I SHOULD be in a state of heightened excitement about the forthcoming referendum. I should be counting down the 20 days between now and the moment I...

17.02.2024 9

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I despair at the bottle deposit whingers, do you LIKE plastic?

THE environmental issues facing our planet are now viewed as an undeniable fact of life in the worlds of science, politics, and the media. But despite...

10.02.2024 9

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I’m with you all the way, Cork Eurovision legend tells Bambie

“SO my record is broken!” I am on the phone to Cathal Dunne in the USA, to date the only Cork singer ever to represent Ireland at the Eurovision...

03.02.2024 30

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Bottle deposits are back... and this time charities may cash in

YOU know the drill when you head out for the weekly ‘big shop’ by now... Car keys? Check. Bank card or cash? Check. Plenty of bags so you don’t...

27.01.2024 10

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"Send this Rebel to Eurovision!," declares Cork hopeful Bambie

AFTER years of dismal failures for Ireland on the Eurovision stage, a Cork performer is promising to shake up the annual song contest this year....

20.01.2024 7

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For 40 years, we’ve celebrated the Women’s Little Christmas in Cork

LAST Saturday night, these three Cork city women did something they have done every January 6 for 40 years. Catherine Scannell, Josephine Reidy, and...

13.01.2024 7

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Too much, too young? Not at all - let’s celebrate this teenage darts prodigy

IT was late December, and the WhatsApp group that connects me to my buddies in my home town in northern England was lighting up like a Christmas tree....

06.01.2024 8

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Ban Israel from Eurovision? But their song may help bring peace to Gaza

THIS may make you feel antiquated, but 50 years ago this month, a song was recorded that would drill its way into the eardrums of generations of...

30.12.2023 5

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Poetry helped Cork teenager cope with tragic death of her beloved brother

WHEN you’re 14 years old, and your beloved big brother suddenly and inexplicably dies, how do you begin to deal with the grief and pain that...

16.12.2023 6

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Corkman's astounding River Lee rescue deserves  bravery award, 18 years after he died

IF you saw someone falling into the River Lee in Cork city, how would you respond? Would you spring into action and try to rescue them? Unless you are...

09.12.2023 6

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Here’s 10 things that drive me cracked about young generation

LET me start off by stressing that I am most definitely not a member of the so-called Boomer Generation. Those folks were born between 1946 and 1964,...

02.12.2023 10

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It’s not motorists over 70 who need refresher courses - it’s all the other ages below them!

WE live in an age where facts and stats are constantly at our fingertips, brought out and used as ammunition whenever we put forth arguments and...

25.11.2023 8

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Buskers make Cork’s streets special, but we must have some rules in place

ON a visit to England last weekend, I visited (read: ‘Was dragged along to’) the Trafford Centre in Manchester. It’s a vast temple of shopping...

18.11.2023 8

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The whole world thinks Ireland is pro-Palestine: So are we a neutral country or not?

I HAVE to confess, I don’t have a dog in the fight as the latest in a long and tragic line of horrors unfolds before our eyes in the Middle East. I...

11.11.2023 10

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126 years old, and as popular as it ever was!

AS the winter of 1897 descended on Cork, a new Christmas publication hit the streets, aimed at giving local people a mighty read during the festive...

08.11.2023 4

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Midleton group on trek to Everest, then they found out their town was underwater

THE people of Midleton will forever remember where they were when they heard about their town suffering devastating flooding just over a fortnight...

04.11.2023 4

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Cyclists can be a pain - but they’re not the killing machine on our roads

A YEAR or so ago, a neighbour’s tree blew over down the road from our home, blocking the way for traffic. I was alerted to the situation by the...

28.10.2023 20

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To hell with the omertá! I’m calling it.. Ireland WILL win World Cup

ARE ya nervous yet? Will you have any finger-nails left by 8pm tonight? For those people who have been living in a cave (well, there still may be a...

14.10.2023 8

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Cost of living crisis is an emergency... Budget 2024 must respond to it

WE are fierce fond of declaring national emergencies about all manner of things these days. The housing crisis, naturally, is a ‘national...

07.10.2023 10

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Irish teens are vape crazy... we have to act to snuff out this menace

SOMETIMES, a chance remark can leave you gobsmacked. A friend’s 16-year-old son casually informed me the other day that “nearly all” of his...

30.09.2023 10

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40 years after Cork’s darkest day... Dunlop workers meet up for a chat

FOR years now, a group of men have met up for a weekly coffee in Cork, and to shoot the breeze. The usual topics of conversation are on the agenda:...

23.09.2023 10

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Want to stop Gen Z singing ‘Up The Ra’? The solution’s very simple!

FOR those of us old enough to recoil at the mere mention of place names like Enniskillen, Omagh, and (my home town) Warrington, the spectacle of young...

16.09.2023 10

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Two men, one town, and the Irish blood linking World Cup hopefuls

IF you’re the type who likes to plan ahead and you keep a diary, better circle Saturday, October 28, 2023. It could be a memorable day. Yes, it’s...

09.09.2023 10

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