Growing up in Monterrey, the second largest city in Mexico and an industrial metropolis, Sonia Viridiana Castro lived a very different lifestyle back then to the one she married into in West Cork 11 years ago. Today Sonia runs an organic growing business and Veg Box scheme with her husband […]

A restoration project on the banks of the Arigideen River is breathing new life into what has been identified as the best preserved mill in Cork County – the only one out of 500 in the county still in working order – and one of Ireland’s top five, recognised internationally […]

With the purchase of a piece of land ten years ago, Aga Mitka’s life changed irrevocably. Setting foot on the eight-acre site, give or take, in the hills of Inchigeelagh at the edge of a Gaeltacht, the Polish born Cork city-dwelling biologist, now 47, tells Mary O’Brien how she felt […]

“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live,” wrote the ‘Father of Mindfulness’ Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hang. These are words that Sean Vail strives to live his life by since he was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the colon in […]

While he mightn’t have two bob to rub together at times, the affectionately named ‘Birdman of Allihies’, Alex Scade, 74, tells Mary O’Brien that he considers himself a wealthy man. Over the years Alex’s self-built aviary and wildlife sanctuary in the hills of Beara has sheltered many birds and animals […]

Always on the go, 80-year-old Brenda Elphick epitomises the quote ‘you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream’. The Bere Island community radio presenter, who tells Mary O’Brien that age is just a number, has surely proved this with a list of lifetime […]