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 Mc Auliffe […]

A new children’s book beautifully illustrated by Clonakilty-based artist Paula McGloin and celebrating nine Irish goddesses has just been published by Beehive Books. In ‘Glorious Goddesses of Ancient Ireland’ author Karen Ward depicts goddesses in a diverse range of ages, shapes and sizes, each with incredible stories: Áine, Aisling, Boann, […]

While punctuality and politeness aren’t bad traits, for one Swiss family getting away from the stress, hecticness and strict adherence to social etiquette that defines their home country and moving towards a more relaxed way of life is what brought them to West Cork. From banking and managing a bookshop […]

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 […]

Dancing for Ludmila Bondarenco (Mila) is an expression of femininity, elegance and tenderness. “I dance because I feel, I love, I live,” she shares passionately.  Originally from Muldova, after her daughter started University, Mila moved to Ireland almost a year ago to join her husband and now teaches a belly […]