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IRELAND

Explosives experts checking if pipe bombs came from same source

By Cormac O'KeeffeARMY and garda forensic experts will examine in the coming days if two pipe bombs which exploded in recent days came from the same source.

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School in row with bishop over co-educational status

By Eoin EnglishA BITTER standoff is looming between a Cork school and its patron, the Bishop of Cork and Ross, ahead of a High Court showdown over its co-educational status.

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Patients warned of clotting drug risk

By Catherine ShanahanUP TO 500 patients may have been treated with a faulty anti-clotting drug which can cause serious bleeding.

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Irish not worried about food quality

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentIRISH people are only concerned with good taste when it comes to their food. And we'll happily pay more money for quality.

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Funding plea for Garda Ombudsman

By Cormac O'KeeffeTHE Garda Ombudsman, and not the Government, should determine the level of resources and staffing that it needs, a top-level expert group said yesterday.

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Labour inspectors and HSA may form super agency

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterPARTNERSHIP talks at Government buildings are considering the creation of a new super agency by merging the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) with the Government's labour inspectorate.

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Roche casts doubt on Roadstone dump denial

By Michael O'Farrell Political ReporterENVIRONMENT Minister Dick Roche last night challenged Roadstone's assertion that it never knew more than 50,000 tonnes of illegal and partially hazardous waste had been dumped on its land in Wicklow.

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Ombudsman funding 'will match North's'

By Dan Buckley and Michael BrennanTHE new Garda Ombudsman Commission will have the staffing and budget to match the Police Ombudsman in the North, according to Justice Minister Michael McDowell.

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Gallagher set to be moved from Marine to Transport

By Shaun Connolly, Political correspondentJUNIOR Minister at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Pat The Cope Gallagher is expected to be moved to the Department of Transport as controversy continues over proposals to toughen laws on commercial fishing.

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WORLD

British man denies killing American wife and baby

By Rachel Williams, New YorkTHE British man arrested over the murder of his American wife and baby daughter told police he did not kill them but found them shot dead when he returned from an errand, according to a police affidavit yesterday.

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Mechanic jailed for prank that poisoned workmate

By Wesley JohnsonA MECHANIC was jailed for 15 months yesterday after spiking a workmate's drink to "teach him a lesson" in a prank which left the father-of-two blind and deaf.

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Bird flu claims two more lives and spreads to Azerbaijan

By Joe McDonald, BeijingHEALTH authorities in China and Indonesia each reported a woman killed by a deadly strain of bird flu, and the virus has spread to another new country, Azerbaijan.

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Muslims rally to protest drawings

By Munir Ahmad, IslamabadTENS of thousands of Muslims around the world demonstrated against the drawings of the Prophet Mohammed after Friday prayers, some shouting anti-American slogans and burning Danish flags.

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Kosovans elect moderate president

By Fisnik Abrashi, PristinaKOSOVO lawmakers elected a moderate new president yesterday, paving the way for the start of talks on the province's future status.

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Israeli fury at Russian overtures to Hamas

By Adam Entous, JerusalemISRAEL yesterday protested against a plan by Russia to have talks in Moscow with Hamas, the Islamic militant group that swept recent Palestinian elections and whose charter calls for Israel's destruction.

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First peek inside Egyptian tomb

By Tanalee Smith, LuxorTHROUGH a partially opened underground door, Egyptian authorities gave a peek yesterday into the first tomb uncovered in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun's in 1922.

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SPORT

Beef primed for Hennessy glory

By Pat KeaneBEEF OR SALMON has to do the business in style in tomorrow's Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown if he is to retain his position at the head of Cheltenham's Gold Cup market.

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Queally hoping Trophy conditions will suit Al Eile

By Keith HamerTRAINER John Queally hopes there will be enough ease in the ground for Al Eile in his bid to defy top weight of 11st 12lb in the totesport Trophy Hurdle at Newbury today.

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Kinane strikes Guineas Gold

SAUDI ARABIA'S Gold For Sale grabbed a last-gasp victory under Mick Kinane in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba yesterday.

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Knockna Kirka can ease into final

KNOCKNA KIRKA canenhance his Guinness Trophy claims at Curraheen park tonight by landing the second semi-final.

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Poulter confident of remaining in the mix

By Brian JamesIAN POULTER is confident of doing something special this weekend at the Johnnie Walker Classic.

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Johnstone reveals battle against MS

By Mark GarrodEUROPEAN Tour golfer Tony Johnstone has spoken about contracting multiple sclerosis and his luck at being given drugs treatment to allow him to continue playing.

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Gutsy Irish put French to the test

By Brendan O'Brien, Stade Beaublanc, LimogesFrance A 20 Ireland A 12IRELAND'S 'A' side produced a seriously gutsy display deep in central France last night but ultimately came up just short against a very strong French reserve side.

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Fans hope for perfect end to French leave

By Dan BuckleyIRISH rugby fans sauntered through Paris like they owned the place last night, praying that fate would help their team do the seemingly impossible and beat the French on their own turf.

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Williams warns Wales ready to bounce back

By Alex LoweFLANKER Martyn Williams has warned the rest of the RBS 6 Nations Championship that Wales have not given up their title.

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Kick-starting the season

By Charlie Mulqueen, ParisWITH 56 caps already in the bag, 546 international points accumulated, a third visit to the Stade de France ... it's little wonder that Ronan O'Gara's focus going into today's RBS Six Nations encounter is on somehow eking out a badly needed Irish victory.

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Laporte rallies his troops before Ireland visit

By Charlie MulqueenFRANCE coach Bernard Laporte rallied his troops on the eve of their Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Stade de France and told them to show far more spirit than they had done in last Sunday's 20-16 defeat by Scotland.

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Improve or we're doomed

By Charlie Mulqueen, ParisTWO teams coming off totally unacceptable performances last weekend, one showing five changes, the other just one enforced alteration.

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Thompson expects a fight for full 80 minutes

By Andrew BaldockENGLAND hooker Steve Thompson has predicted an 80-minute battle against Italy today when the world champions target their first RBS 6 Nations Championship away win in two years.

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O'Sullivan: Kerry ready to repel Rebels

By Michael MoynihanDECLAN O'SULLIVAN was looking forward this week, not back.

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Setanta puts rivals in the big picture

TO mark their coverage of the NFL tie between Cork and Kerry, Setanta Sports will be showing the match on a huge screen at the floodlit game at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Flannan's out for revenge as big two target Harty final spot

By Brendan LarkinCHAMPIONS St Flannan's face arch rivals St Colman's in an enthralling Dr Harty Cup (Munster Colleges SHC A) semi-final pairing at Claughan tomorrow (2.30pm).

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The last line of defence

The goalkeepers will be key to tomorrow's club semi-final, says Diarmuid O'Flynn. GOALKEEPERS are different.

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Larkin hoping experience will make it Stephens' day

By Jim O'SullivanEOIN LARKIN smiles when recalling the 2004 Kilkenny county hurling final.

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Ballinhassig enter the Theatre of Dreams

By Michael EllardIT'LL be a dream come through for Ballinhassig when the boys in blue run out onto the hallowed turf of Croke Park tomorrow for the final of the All-Ireland club intermediate hurling championship against Dicksboro of Kilkenny.

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Kennelly apologises for pulling down team-mate's shorts

By Jim CookSYDNEY Swans AFL footballer Tadhg Kennelly yesterday returned to a Catholic girls school in Wollongong to apologise again for pulling a teammate's shorts down in front of the students.

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Fergie unfazed by Mourinho's predictions

By Simon StoneALEX FERGUSON is refusing to get steamed up at Jose Mourinho's bold declaration that Chelsea will wrap up the title before Easter.

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Wenger stresses belief Eriksson successor should be British

By Jim van WijkARSENE WENGER has reiterated his belief that England's next manager should be homegrown - and revealed that was the reason he once passed on the opportunity.

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Pharaohs' delight as Ivory Coast pay penalty

Egypt 0 Ivory Coast 0 (Egypt win 4-2 on penalties)By James Whelan, CairoEGYPT became the first country to win the African Nations Cup five times after they beat Ivory Coast 4-2 in a nerve-jangling penalty shoot-out in Cairo.

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No row with Black Cats chairman over transfers, says McCarthy

SUNDERLAND manager Mick McCarthy insists there has never been a row with chairman Bob Murray over the club's transfer policy on the return to the Premiership last May.

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Wenger: beating Bolton is most important goal

By Jim van WijkARSENE WENGER declared today's Premiership showdown with Bolton as "much more important" than the Champions League clash with Real Madrid, as the Arsenal boss faced a defensive crisis following an injury set-back for Sol Campbell.

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Crespo's future in Chelsea's own hands

By Adrian CurtisARGENTINA striker Hernan Crespo insists Chelsea hold the key to his future at Stamford Bridge after admitting he still misses Italy.

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Roy ready for Old Firm baptism of fire, says Maloney

By Ronnie EsplinCELTIC striker Shaun Maloney believes Roy Keane is fully prepared for his Old Firm baptism.

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Hearts players could seek union's help after talks with Romanov

HEARTS players will consider asking the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association for help if they don't get the answers they want from majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.

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Fowler itching for chance to rediscover scoring touch

By Paul WalkerROBBIE FOWLER believes he will have to "live like a monk" to ensure he gets the long-term contract he craves at Liverpool.

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Stan and deliver

By Liam MackeySO FAR so good for Steve Staunton. He persuaded Bobby Robson to join him on the management ticket and then landed the biggest job in Irish football.

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Spurs sign €7.3m Puma kit deal

TOTTENHAM have signed a five-year kit deal with sportswear giants Puma which will net the club £5 million (€7.3m) per season.

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Ferguson ban extended by four games

By Brian RichardsEVERTON striker Duncan Ferguson has been suspended for an additional four matches and fined £5,000 (€7,330) by the Football Association.

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In the line of friendly fire

Sean Nicholson and David Hobbs know each other from their schooldays and have played together for Ashton, Munster and Ireland. Today they put their friendship aside as their clubs, Harlequins and Church of Ireland, face-off in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-final. Declan Colley reports.

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BUSINESS

Partnership fears for town's future

By Ray RyanA CLOSURE now of the country's last remaining sugar factory in Mallow would have serious social consequences for the area, it was claimed yesterday.

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Ministers urged to review nitrates rules

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentGOVERNMENT bungling on the nitrates directive must come to an end, Fine Gael warned as it urged the Environment and Agriculture Ministers to undertake a full review of the rules, based on Teagasc's scientific advice.

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Russia imports 34% more beef

By Martin RyanMarts: While imports of beef by Russia during 2005 showed a significant increase, European exports of beef to Russia fall sharply following the cut in export refunds, which led to the deficit being filled by supplies from South American countries.

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Low-cost travel pioneer Freddie Laker dies

AIRLINE tycoons have paid tribute to the "pioneer of low-cost travel" Freddie Laker, who has died at the age of 83. Mr Laker, whose cheap fares opened up a new era in air travel in the 1970s, died of undisclosed causes in Miami.

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Banking stocks gain in slow trading

THE ISEQ Index remained virtually unchanged yesterday despite earlier advances closing at 7596.31, up 0.02 points.

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Oil addiction not just an American nightmare

By Brian O'MahonyRISING oil prices and an expanding global economy have put added pressure on the search for oil and gas across the globe.

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ClearStream places 6.12m shares

CLEARSTREAM TECHNOLOGIES, the Wexford-based medical device manufacturer, has announced that it hopes to raise around £3m (€4.38m) through the additional placing of 6.12m shares at 49p (71.6c) per share.

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Economist warns of higher interest rates

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentHOUSE prices may increase just 2% next year while the rise in mortgage lending could drop to under 20% from its current record levels as interest rates rise.

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MGA appoints new technical director

FIONA LALOR, a former regulatory expert with IBEC, has joined law firm Maree Gallagher Associates (MGA) as director of technical and regulatory affairs.

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Kerry Group closes down desserts unit

KERRY GROUP is to close its Platters Foods salads and desserts manufacturing unit in Sligo, which it took over in 2001.

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Irish tax take remains one of EU's lowest

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentIRELAND'S tax take as a percentage of GDP recorded the second highest increase in the EU last year but remains one of the lowest for overall tax take, according to new figures.

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Website monitors rogue contractors

A new Irish website was launched yesterday to help expose rogue building contractors who fail to protect construction workers or cover them for pensions, sick pay or death in service.

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Barclays calls for balanced financing

BARCLAYS Bank Ireland has called for balance between key participants in both the public and private sectors in the delivery and financing of infrastructure projects across Ireland.

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Betting firm announces €1.7m losses

By Ian GuiderONLINE bookmaker Sports Spread made a €1.7 million loss last year, after taking a gamble to enter the British betting market.

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OPINION

Labour inspectorate - New agency must be given teeth

THE principle of protecting workers' rights, a major plank of the national partnership talks, would be significantly advanced by the creation of a new super-agency to replace the current ineffectual system.

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Illegal dumping - Roadstone case should set precedent

THE unusually tough stance adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Roadstone dumping controversy will be welcomed up and down the country, especially in scenic areas where cowboy operators have been tipping waste for years.

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All tax exemptions need regular review

TAX benefits are not for free. They have to be paid for by the taxpayer. Those receiving them need to show they are fulfilling a socially desirable goal.

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Farming falls to ludicrous EU nitrates order

THE imminent farming crisis as a result of the nitrates directive is a far greater scandal than mere official mismanagement in Ireland.

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Stand with the Danes

WHY are Irish diplomats allowed to remain in countries where the Danish flag has been burnt?

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Revelations could sink greyhound industry

THE unfortunate events recently could well sink the greyhound industry. Greyhounds have been a part of my life in a small way for over 40 years. Anyone can keep a greyhound, or a few, in their garden.

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Dáil committees are not the real thing

I BELIEVE Verona Ní Bhroinn, PRO for the Houses of the Oireachtas ('All in the line of duty,' Irish Examiner letters, February 9), completely missed the point in her response to my letter headlined 'TDs and MPs: how they rate' (Letters, February 1).

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Not so funny

THE RTÉ series Joy in the Hood was obscene. Many who performed in the so-called workshops were sucked in by Des Bishop's attempt to give them a chance in comedy.

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Apathy at root of homeless problem

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentAMID the countless positive things about the thrusting new Ireland we've all become so familiar with over the last decade of bewildering change, a few nagging questions keep popping into my head.

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Media should emulate legend of Danish king's wartime gesture

By Ryle DwyerIT is surprising to find Denmark at the centre of the international furore over the cartoons that have inflamed Muslim opinion because it has traditionally been one of those countries least associated with religious intolerance.

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FEATURES

Pork with Rosemary and Tomatoes

By Darina AllenServes 6.

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Roast Peppers and Chickpeas with Fresh Goat's Cheese

By Darina AllenA mild and soft fresh goat's cheese, jban, is one of the rare cheeses produced in Morocco.

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Recipe for Spicy Carrot Puree

By Darina AllenWhen Claudia Roden taught here some years ago she showed us how to make this Spicy Carrot Puree and also the Roast Peppers and Chick Peas. A peppery Tunisian salad called Omi Houriya.

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Recipe for Molten Chocolate Puds

By Darina AllenThese are the most delectable little puds, a cinch to make provided you find the right mould, then timing is everything. The mixture can be made ahead, refrigerated overnight or frozen.

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FOOD

Aubergine Purée with Olive Oil and Lemon

By Darina AllenServes 6 approximately.

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Recipe for Molten Chocolate Puds

By Darina AllenThese are the most delectable little puds, a cinch to make provided you find the right mould, then timing is everything. The mixture can be made ahead, refrigerated overnight or frozen.

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Recipe for Spicy Carrot Puree

By Darina AllenWhen Claudia Roden taught here some years ago she showed us how to make this Spicy Carrot Puree and also the Roast Peppers and Chick Peas. A peppery Tunisian salad called Omi Houriya.

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Roast Peppers and Chickpeas with Fresh Goat's Cheese

By Darina AllenA mild and soft fresh goat's cheese, jban, is one of the rare cheeses produced in Morocco.

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Pork with Rosemary and Tomatoes

By Darina AllenServes 6.

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Heart to heart

By Darina AllenHOW about doing something different for Valentine's night? Why not hold a dinner party for friends and partners and put love on the menu?

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PROPERTY

A rare beauty in a spectacular setting

Tommy Barker is impressed by a five-bedroomed bungalow in one of the country's most scenic areas.

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Bungalow close to booming Glanmire

BILLED as a redevelopment opportunity, this Glanmire roadside cottage/bungalow on a one-third acre site has a €300,000 price guide.

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Appeal of the Orient

By Rose MartinJAPANESE principles of design and an Irish sensibility are the key elements in the creation of Mori House, near Aghadoe, Killarney.

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Half acre gives room for expansion

By Tommy BarkerBIG enough for many at 1,800 sq ft, the house Dimora nevertheless has room and scope for expansion, and most early viewers are looking to go larger with this woodland retreat.

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Superb city centre location

FISHERMAN'S Wharf has to be one of the best locations in Cork's inner city.

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Simplicity is the secret

Tommy Barker is charmed by a home set in tranquil surrounds.

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Detached cottage has room for improvement

THERE is excellent value to be had down south at Gloun South where Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill are selling a detached cottage on half an acre with planning permission to extend, for in the region of €285,000.

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Bargain Victorian period home comes with 14 acres and gate lodge

By Tommy BarkerA PERIOD West Cork Victorian home, fully renovated, on 14 acres of private land plus gate lodge, for under €1 million? Surely some mistake?

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Bungalow investment close to famed Lough

By Tommy BarkerAN even half a million euro is the asking price of a bungalow home at prettily-set Fairyville Lawn.

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