European Commission Ramps up its Threat Against Rural Ireland and Turf Cutters

European Commission Ramps up its Threat Against Rural Ireland and Turf Cutters

The Irish Times reports today that the European Commission says dialogue with Ireland on the bog issue has been ‘long’, having started in 2011. The commission has stepped up the pace of its action against Ireland because of the State’s failure to halt the cutting of peat within Special Areas of Conservation. “The commission has…

Michael Healy Rae Warns of Tough Winter with Price Hikes in Electricity and Gas

Michael Healy Rae Warns of Tough Winter with Price Hikes in Electricity and Gas

Deputy Michael Healy Rae said earlier this year that he was ashamed to admit that he was selling imported briquettes in his shop in Kilgarvan. And yesterday, The Irish Times reported that hundreds of tons of what we knew for years as Moss Peat, Peat Moss or just plain old turf dust, was shipped into…

Aishling O’Connell in Mighty Company in Today’s Irish Times

Aishling O’Connell in Mighty Company in Today’s Irish Times

Four women at the top of their game feature, one per section, in today’s edition of The Irish Times. Among those making the cut is Castleisland model, Aishling O’Connell in the ‘Magazine’ part – where she has the front page all to herself. On the main front page, Drivetime co-presenter and soon to be Primetime…

Castleisland Man Takes on Scouting Ireland Abuse Cases

Castleisland Man Takes on Scouting Ireland Abuse Cases

Today’s report in The Irish Times by Jack Power makes anything but pleasant reading. But that’s not Power’s fault. It’s turned by the subject matter and the brutal treatment of children at the hands and evil minds of those they thought they could trust. Abuse Cases Castleisland native, and a man with a historically significant…

Callan Kicks – Healy Rae Kicks Back: A Statement from Michael Healy Rae, TD

Callan Kicks – Healy Rae Kicks Back: A Statement from Michael Healy Rae, TD

And so it continues… On Friday the 10th February 2017, The Irish Times carried an Opinion piece by an Oliver Callan headed: Meet the Irish Donald Trumps. A Statement from Michael Healy Rae, TD To start with, I find it hard to understand how somebody can write an ‘opinion’ about a person that they have never…

An Abbeyfeale Man’s View of Brexit – and other Feale-side News

An Abbeyfeale Man’s View of Brexit – and other Feale-side News

Article by Abbeyfeale man in The Irish Times following Brexit vote in UK Peter Moloney is a visiting professor at Boston College history department and a native of St. Ita’s Terrace, Abbeyfeale. The following is his letter to The Irish Times following Thursday’s vote in the UK. “While the UK has chosen leave in the…

Tom Crean – A Time Polished Theatrical Gem

Tom Crean – A Time Polished Theatrical Gem

Aidan Dooley left every fibre of his considerable acting ability on the well trodden stage of the Ivy Leaf Art Centre during the performance of his one-man show ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’ in Castleisland on Friday night. He drew his spellbound audience in on the story of the voyage and on the voyage of…

“Once No one Was Hurt”

There is a general consensus that Wednesday’s Hurricane-force bursts of wind were the worst in living memory. Damages that will leave a bill of millions of Euro are only being thought about as the real cost of the outburst is yet to reveal itself. There is also a general agreement that it was by only…

Bryan O’Leary – The Pride of Sliabh Luachra

Bryan O’Leary – The Pride of Sliabh Luachra

Gradam Ceoil: rewarding Irish music’s wonderful anarchy ! Isn’t that a headline to sum up what our truly amazing music and culture is all about. That it survives and thrives in ever increasing pockets of the country is a testament to the insightfulness of the headline writer. It’s from yesterday’s Irish Times. If you didn’t…