Dogs deserve better than rejection

Q&A: Clarissa Baldwin
“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” It’s a phrase that we are all very familiar with. 

Julie Calder-Potts of Highbank Organic Farm

Spirited move by Highbank Farm

Rod and Julie Calder-Potts of Highbank Organic Farm have just launched a range of spirits, made on their farm in Co Kilkenny.


ICA backs new legislation to curb prostitution traffickers

The Government’s decision to push ahead with sex buyer legislation will help put organised criminals who run prostitution out of business, Liz Wall, national ICA president, said.  

Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU board

Plenty of change in short political week

A week is a long time in politics, even in the politics of agri-food in the EU. Last week, this column reported on the position IFOAM EU took on the proposed EU organic regulation.

Lynette Lewis

Caring hand for our at-risk wildlife

Q&A: Lynette Lewis
Ireland separated from the European mainland after the last Ice Age. 


Glanmire speak up and take top prize

There were celebrations in Glanmire, Co Cork, last weekend, when the club’s public speaking team of Karen Cashman, Jenny Murphy, and Kathleen Fitzgerald were crowned national champions.


Helping children on road to recovery

Being admitted to hospital can be a daunting experience. On the one hand, there’s a sense of relief that whatever ails us is being dealt with. 


ICA women’s ‘crafty’ advice packed into a new DIY book

Whether you want to make jewellery or a Christmas decoration, embroider a cushion, or crochet a hat, look no further than The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book Of Crafts.


Concerns about EC organics regulation

The shadow boxing is over. IFOAM (the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) EU, as recently as September, at their eighth organic congress, were still concerned, but not overtly, about the new European Commission organic regulation proposal.


Hedge schools in class of their own

It is a well-recorded fact that many of West Cork’s small schools have a standard of excellence that frequently belies their size and resources.