- Cork going downhill... on a ski slope
It's all downhill from here — Corkonians could be skiing and snowboarding down the country's first publicly owned ski slope by next summer.
- Fearless thieves ‘making joke of system'
Shoplifting is reaching epidemic levels and the system is "an absolute joke" because there is no effective deterrent, according to a district court judge.
- World Press Photo exhibition returns to Dublin
THE World Press Photo exhibition has returned to Ireland for the first time in a decade.
- Nigella’s PA ‘saw signs of regular drug use’
A personal assistant accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi has told a court that she saw evidence of regular drug use by the celebrity cook.
- Number in mortgage arrears drops slightly
There has been a slight decrease in the number of residential mortgages in arrears over 90 days and an increase in the number of permanently restructured mortgages in October, according to the Department of Finance.
- €2.5bn ex-Anglo loans to be sold
The special liquidators appointed to the former Anglo Irish Bank have agreed to sell most of the €2.5bn loan book know as Project Evergreen.
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- Limerick peace deal brokered
The Limerick intermediate team is still without a manager, but, in a compromise that was backed unanimously at a meeting of the county board in Claughaun GAA club last night, the dispute that had threatened to throw the county back into the chaos it had witnessed only three years ago was finally resolved.
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- I had good innings with Cork, says retiring Kenny
Two-time All-Ireland SHC winner Tom Kenny has decided to retire from inter-county hurling, bringing to an end his Cork career which began back in 2003.
- Heffernan perturbed at Ryan’s rejection
Limerick GAA vice-chairman Pat Heffernan says he feels like he has been "kicked in the pants" after fellow officers decided not to back his recommendation that Tom Ryan be installed as the county's new intermediate hurling team manager.
- Preparing for the Catalan cauldron
Leicester, Wasps and Munster.
- 40-something Geraghty plans to crash college party
Graham Geraghty will be a 40-year-old Sigerson Cup virgin when he lines out against Footballer of the Year Michael Darragh Macauley early next year.
- Keel chairman warns black card could ‘ruin smaller clubs’
Keel chairman William O'Shea is convinced the black card will destroy small rural GAA clubs.
- Begley looks to life after ‘uninspiring’ McNulty
Laois forward Colm Begley has taken a parting shot at former boss Justin McNulty, claiming the northerner's style of play was overly defensive and uninspiring.
- Clarke defends Long busking
West Brom boss Steve Clarke has defended his players' right to enjoy a Christmas party, despite the team's poor form.
- Take note GAA! We want our pen pics back
I was at a function recently with a few people and we bumped into Anthony Tohill, the four-time All Star and All-Ireland medallist. Tohill stands 6ft 4ins tall.
- Young unrepentant amid diving accusations
Ashley Young remains unapologetic in the face of accusations of diving and has claimed it is up to referees to deal with him.
- O’Sullivan puts study aside as he prepares for Twickenham varsity clash
A 22-year-old Corkman will this afternoon be part of one of English rugby's most greatest rivalries when Oxford and Cambridge clash at Twickenham in the famed Varsity Match (2pm kick-off).
- 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.
- 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.
- The racism Mandela surmounted is alive and well in modern Ireland
MYTHS are the stories that groups tell themselves: the beautiful lies that allow life go on. This is a week of great myth making. In the death and interment of Nelson Mandela we are witnessing modern myth being made in front of our eyes. But myths can be pernicious and evil — corroding life as well as enhancing it.
- Irish swap touchdown for ‘tri’
Tipperary native Brian Lonergan fulfilled a long-standing ambition when his tricolour appeared on live TV during Sunday's NFL clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.
- 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.
- 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.
- Councillor’s dress code and 20-song rule for buskers
A councillor who wants to regulate busking in Cork by introducing a dress code, a curfew, and a minimum 20-song rule has been branded a "killjoy".
- It’s not just Bertie’s buddies who’ve survived to enjoy very lavish salaries
THE scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic is a gift to the Government. Here we have an organisation seemingly plundering charitable funds, to feather the nests of a group of Fianna Fáil insiders, all of whom can be linked easily to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
- 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.
- UK ‘not committed’ to Irish energy
UK demand for Irish renewable energy is not as strong as plans to build hundreds of windfarms across Ireland would suggest.