- Rugby stars line out to get treatment for twins
It's just the backing she needed in her race against time for a Christmas miracle.
- Farmer thrilled with rare donkey twins
Christmas has come early for animal lover Cormac Williams whose pet donkey, named Tulip, has given birth to twin foals.
- Room with a view... soon with pylon 30m from kitchen
The first John McHale knew about EirGrid's plan to put a pylon "30m from the kitchen window" was when he opened a copy of the Western People newspaper last October.
- Fota Island's Believe brings Christmas to life
A snow-coveredforest, magic fairydust — and real life husky puppies. Welcome to Santa's grotto, Franc-style.
- Murphy generation game takes another twist
Sometime next year, certainly in league and possibly championship, the veteran secretary of the Sarsfields club will smile across at the first-year secretary of Erin's Own, and give a knowing nod.
- Our scientific genius Tyndall who was accidentally murdered by his wife
A CONFERENCE at London's Royal Society next week will discuss ways to reduce emissions from gases blamed for causing rising temperatures.
- Owner of top Cork pubs launches bid to stop IBRC selling loans to Nama
A consortium that owns some of Cork's best-known pubs has initiated proceedings aimed at preventing Irish Bank Resolution Corporation selling its loans to Nama.
- What makes the elite better than the rest?
For the recent visit of the All Blacks to the Aviva Stadium, I was on a radio panel with Irish legend David Wallace and Kiwi and Ulster player Nick Williams.
- Rebels must push on next year, insists Nash
Contrary to the minority, it was indeed a year of progress for the Cork hurlers; a first championship victory over Kilkenny since 2004, the unearthing of new talent in Séamus Harnedy and an end to their seven-year absence from the September showpiece.
- Jobless get 6,500 letters on vacancies abroad
The Department of Social Protection has sent more than 6,500 letters since the start of the year to jobseekers here telling them about job opportunities across Europe and in Canada.
- Ireland's largest property auction under way with €23m worth for sale
Over €23m worth of property is up for grabs at Ireland's largest ever real estate auction in Dublin this afternoon.
- Nama to sell O’Flynn loans
Nama will put up for sale €1.8bn of loans belonging to Cork-based property developer Michael O'Flynn, according to reports.
- Soundwave nears real-time success
An Irish music discovery company, founded after seeing a Swedish girl walk into a lamppost, believes they are on the same growth trajectory that led to Twitter and Instagram's multi-billion-dollar successes.
- Aldi accuses Dunnes Stores of trademark infringement
The German discount chain Aldi has launched a legal action against Dunnes Stores over alleged trademark infringement.
- Business bible has taken a battering
While Taoiseach Enda Kenny was downing the saki and talking up Ireland in Japan, the Government was receiving a PR boost from a US publication that is frequently described as America's business bible.
- Food firm set to serve up a gluten-free Christmas
In the run-up to offering a happy gluten-free Christmas, The Foods of Athenry has clocked up four UK Great Taste awards, three new product launches, two Blás na hÉireann medals and a sales launch in the UK.
- Judge: Former IBM employee ‘far from heroic’
A former IBM employee who claims she "blew the whistle" on alleged fraud at the company was told by a judge her behaviour was self-serving and "far from heroic or honourable".
- Tax defaulters list shows €27m in settlements
Six people have made settlements of more than €1m with the Revenue for tax issues.
- Lenders bank on appetite for property
Two of Ireland's banks are betting that property prices are going to rise and are releasing new mortgage products aimed at tempting investors back into the property market.
- McNamara-built hotel finally returns to profit
The four-star Galway hotel built by bankrupt developer, Bernard McNamara last year returned to profit after years of successive losses.
- Murray portrait removed after personal plea from victim
The portrait of a former lord mayor of Cork, the convicted sex offender John Murray, was removed from City Hall last night after a powerful personal plea from his victim.
- Kerry needs to up its game to get ‘fair share’ of tourism business
Traditional visitor haven Kerry is faced with a major challenge to reach the top of the tourism ratings.
- How the world became hooked on fantasy
IF you're not a big fan of fantasy and despair at all the wizards and dragons on TV, on film and in books, then you should blame John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Or, go back 1,000 years and blame the unknown author of Beowulf, with its monsters and kings. Or, go back another two millennia and blame Homer's epic tales of gods and heroes.
- Tulisa charged with supplying cocaine
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has been charged with allegedly being involved with supplying Class A drugs.
- ‘Moone Boy’ drives turnaround in fortunes of Ardmore Studios
Boosted by the shooting of the third series of Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy, Ardmore Studios has enjoyed a turnaround in its fortunes this year after two years of successive losses.
- Study: London skewing UK interest rates
The Bank of England may be forced to pay greater attention to the UK economy outside of London when setting interest rates.
- FRC plan ‘fairer’ provincial system
GAA president Liam O'Neill has challenged the Association to back the Football Review Committee's (FRC) Championship proposal or produce a better alternative.
- Browne’s IRFU financial fear
IRFU chiefs fear any boycott of the Heineken Cup or a similar European competition by English and/or French clubs could result in a €12m hit and place the union and the four provinces in a perilous financial position.
- Spilling the magic beans on pantomime
THEATRICAL stalwart Catherine Mahon-Buckley has surely earned the title of Mammy of Cork pantomime season now that she is directing her 20th seasonal show for the Everyman. Mahon-Buckley is directing Jack and the Beanstalk for the theatre, and says that every five years, a new generation emerges.
- Mick Mackey: A scientist's career on ice
SCIENCE and art don't always make the easiest bedfellows. However, when photographer Mick Mackey travelled to the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island for a 30-month stint as a field biologist he was able to utilise his eye for detail to capture images that are not only technically proficient, but also vibrant, occasionally quirky and highly evocative.