“The holidays are upon us, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have a lot to be thankful for this year,” says Clonakilty native Julie O’Brien. “As I look at my beautiful upside-down Christmas tree, back where it belongs on the ceiling of The Junction, my bar, my home away from home, in […]

During the War of Independence, the last IRA attack on an RIC barracks in Ireland occurred in Ballinhassig on the morning of July 7, 1921. In the attack, the Ballinhassig IRA company launched a gun attack on the barracks, which resulted in the death of one RIC constable and the […]

An annual challenge for the staff of Edel House, Cork’s emergency shelter for women and children, is to make sure that all the children in the shelter have a merry and memorable Christmas.  One major improvement on all previous Christmases in Edel House is the impressive new building the service […]

My Christmas article, of course, has to be about setting the scene for Christmas celebrations. Each December I bring my decorations down from the attic in plenty of time to get the décor just right. I love Christmas and kick it off by ensuring I have the house decked out […]