With the world watching on in horror as Iran hands out death sentences to anti-government protestors, the Iran of today under supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, where women are treated as second-class citizens, forced to wear the hijab (Islamic head covering) in public and punished by Morality Police for non-compliance, is a […]

There is a reason the Finnish have been voted the happiest people in the world and it seems West Cork has cottoned on, with sauna-going now joining sea swimming in the new favourite pastime. A keen sea swimmer and sauna-goer herself, Mary O’Brien chats to sauna owner Donie McAuliffe and […]

The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, Mary Ruth Glanville McCarthy spent her childhood in lighthouses on the coast of Ireland, from Donegal down as far as Galley Head in West Cork. The sprightly 90-year-old recalls her journey to the Galley Head and life there with exceptional clarity, as if it […]

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