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We are living through somebody else’s interesting times

In a multiple-choice reality, Trump and Johnson are the new normal. Don’t think it can’t happen here, writes Donal O’Keeffe. There’s an ancient...

Don’t believe the hype: not a penny has been secured to...

€350,000 will be spent on yet another report on the badly damaged Fermoy Weir, and not a penny has been found to repair it....

James Deeny: The doctor who saved hundreds of Bessborough babies’ lives

Dr James Deeny defied Church and State in 1940s Ireland to temporarily close Cork’s Bessborough mother and baby home. The subsequent drop in the...

Fermoy Hospital upgrade to be completed by 2022

The plans to extend and upgrade the facilities at Fermoy Community Hospital are in full flow at present and it is expected that the...

Attacking asylum-seekers won’t do forgotten-but-not-gone Noel Grealish any harm

Appealing to Irish voters’ basest, racist instincts usually pays electoral dividends, says Donal O’Keeffe.  Like most of the country, I had quite forgotten...

Is Pope Francis doddery, or is he just a complete spoofer?

Exactly what, and exactly when, did the Pope know about institutional abuse in Ireland? By Donal O’Keeffe. I wouldn’t usually spend lunchtime waiting on a call...

Picture perfect: along the Blackwater with Pat Quinlan

(All photographs courtesy of Pat Quinlan)  Fermoy-based photographer Pat Quinlan has become a big hit on Facebook. Donal O’Keeffe caught up with him for a...

The very least we owe the Bessborough Babies is their names

by Donal O'Keeffe “We need to name these babies,” Catherine Corless told me, “so people can know who they were, and how they...

Catherine Corless: “I hope Cork people will show solidarity by visiting...

With over 800 babies missing from Bessborough, the timing of a UCC art exhibition honouring all who suffered in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, mother and...

Cork artists wanted

By Donal O’Keeffe With over 800 babies missing in Bessborough, the journalist who broke the Tuam Babies story is appealing to Cork artists to join...

O’Driscoll raises concerns on RPZs

“The inclusion of the Fermoy Electoral Area as a Rent Pressure Zone is a welcome announcement for those renting in the district, according to...

Appreciating our impermanent treasures

By Donal O’Keeffe. This week’s column is, if you’ll forgive the pun, a mixed bag. A...

Fermoy’s Blackwater: Closed to people with disabilities

A year ago, Chris O’Donovan, pilot of Ireland’s only MKIII wheelchair-accessible boat, warned that damage to Fermoy Weir would soon force the Wheelyboat out...

Tell the truth and shame the Devil, Sisters. Where are the...

By Donal O’Keeffe Carmel Cantwell posted a beautiful photo last week. Wild barley and clover decorate the foreground, and...

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