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IRELAND

Father of slain loyalist leader wins legal case

THE father of loyalist leader Billy Wright has been given the go-ahead to proceed with a legal challenge to the terms of an inquiry into his son's murder.

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Two arrested following €500,000 cocaine haul

By Claire O'SullivanTWO men in their 30s are in custody at Clondalkin and Ballyfermot garda stations following the seizure of cocaine potentially worth over €500,000 in Dublin.

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Solicitor's office raided by CAB and Revenue

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentA LAWYER yesterday denounced a raid on his offices by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and Revenue as a "total intrusion" of a solicitor-client relationship.

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Report urges overhaul of nursing home inspections

By Claire O'SullivanA MAJOR overhaul of the nursing home inspection process has been called for in a new report which revealed that over a third of homes in North County Dublin hadn't been inspected in six months.

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Consumers told avian flu risk to Irish chickens 'extremely slim'

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentCONSUMERS were assured yesterday that the risk to Irish chickens from avian flu is very small.

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EU to use buffer zones to stop bird flu spread

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentBUFFER zones with restricted movement for people and animals will be among the precautions taken in the event of an outbreak of avian flu in Ireland.

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Hospital hygiene is not a question of resources, insists Harney

By Donal HickeyRESOURCES have nothing to do with hospital hygiene, according to Tánaiste and Health Minister Mary Harney.

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INO claims nurses were told sign up or be sent home

By Catherine ShanahanTHE Irish Nurses Organisation is investigating claims that 17 overseas nurses were threatened with repatriation unless they signed contracts which would have resulted in loss of earnings of up to €26,000 each.

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Callely may have to undo home renovations

By Paul KellyCONTROVERSIAL ex-minister Ivor Callely may be forced to reconvert back into a garage a guest room development at his plush countryside holiday home in West Cork.

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Ahern fuels reshuffle row with de Valera quit remarks

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentTAOISEACH Bertie Ahern re-ignited the reshuffle row yesterday with a blunt signal to junior minister Síle de Valera she will have to leave office this year.

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Paisley 'must not block road to power sharing'

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentSINN FÉIN'S chief negotiator Martin McGuinness last night warned Dublin and London not to allow Ian Paisley to block the road to power sharing.

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Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions rise

By Senan HoganENVIRONMENT Minister Dick Roche is under increasing pressure to review Government policy on climate change after the publication of figures showing Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2004 after a modest drop in the previous year.

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WORLD

Evidence backs Sunni claim of Shi'ite death squads, says US

By Sameer Yacoub, BaghdadGUNMEN wearing Iraqi special forces uniforms yesterday kidnapped a wealthy banker and his son after killing five of their bodyguards.

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Cheney shooting victim 'sorry for any trouble'

By Don HealyTHE lawyer shot by US Vice President Dick Cheney during a hunting trip was discharged from a hospital yesterday, saying he was sorry for the trouble his hunting companion had faced.

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UN begins talks on Annan's successor

By Tom McParlandTHE US ambassador opened Security Council discussions on the next UN secretary-general calling the choice of a replacement for Kofi Annan probably the most important decision the world body will make this year.

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Israel 'watches and waits' as Hamas takes the reins of power in Palestine

THE Palestinian parliament is meeting today for the first time since Hamas's landslide election win with the threat of tough Israeli economic restrictions hanging over the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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North Korea jails errant cheerleaders

TWENTY-ONE members of North Korean cheering squads who travelled to South Korea for international sports events are reportedly being held in a prison camp for talking about what they saw in the South.

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UN begins talks on Annan's successor

By Tom McParlandTHE US ambassador opened Security Council discussions on the next UN secretary-general calling the choice of a replacement for Kofi Annan probably the most important decision the world body will make this year.

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Italian premier set to be indicted

ITALIAN prosecutors intend to indict Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on corruption charges after concluding an investigation into whether he had bribed British lawyer David Mills, two Italian newspapers have reported.

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US trails al-Qaida in media battle

THE US lags dangerously behind al-Qaida and other enemies in getting out information in the digital media age and must update its old-fashioned methods, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday.

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Cleric puts $1m bounty on cartoonist

By Riaz KhanA PAKISTANI cleric yesterday announced a $1 million bounty for anyone who killed a cartoonist responsible for caricaturing the prophet Mohammed.

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SPORT

Quins guard against complacency

By Declan ColleyTHE fact that Cork Harlequins have never won the men's Irish senior cup will be in sharp focus this weekend as the club makes the long trip north to Kilkeel to face the unheralded but obviously well-organised local outfit in this year's semi-final.

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Jockeys furious with Clonmel manager over Cheltenham jibes

By Pat KeaneA FURIOUS row has erupted between the Jockeys' Association and Gerry Desmond, manager of Clonmel racecourse, following comments made by Desmond on RTE's Morning Ireland programme yesterday.

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Punters can jump for Joy

By Pat KeaneMACS JOY puts his Champion Hurdle credentials on the line in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park today.

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Swallow in 'race against time'

By Keith HamerDERMOT WELD admitted yesterday that he is "facing a race against time" to get Grey Swallow to the Dubai World Cup.

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Alimo can complete McKenna hat-trick

TRAINER Owen McKenna can taste further success in the €7000 to-the-winner Guinness Trophy at Curraheen tonight.

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Pyrah in talks over showjumping job

By John TynanBRITISH show jumping legend Malcolm Pyrah is one of five candidates in the frame to become the next Irish show jumping team manager.

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Park takes lead as Harrington unable to start

By Brian PriceWELSHMAN David Park holds the clubhouse lead in the disrupted Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

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Munster captain is Limerick Person of the Year

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentANTHONY Foley's frustrating year on the international rugby scene got a lift on home ground yesterday when he was named Limerick Person of the Year.

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Connolly considering moving Tuqiri to wing

By John DeckNEWLY appointed Australia coach John Connolly has hinted at possible positional changes within the Australian squad by that revealing Lote Tuqiri's future could be on the wing.

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Payback time for Munster

By Charlie MulqueenA MUNSTER team hell bent on making amends for one of their worst performances in the last ten years can be expected to retain their position as Celtic League leaders after this afternoon's (3.30, Setanta Sports) clash with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.

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Hepworth aims to prove worth to Cheika

By Brendan O'BrienAFTER the emotional turmoil of Paris and the shock of Mike Ruddock's departure there may be a temptation to gloss over this weekend's round of Celtic League fixtures.

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Ruddock asks Union for emergency meeting

By Michael MoynihanWELSH rugby continues to be embroiled in controversy, with former national coach Mike Ruddock requesting an emergency meeting with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Sheridan aiming to put Salthill on the map

By Jim O'SullivanFORMER Mayo star Maurice Sheridan has no qualms about playing for the often criticised Salthill-Knocknacarra, who contest the All-Ireland SFC club semi-final against Kilmacud Crokes tomorrow.

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Latest Nemo generation ready to assume mantle

By Brendan LarkinNEMO RANGERS had lost two All-Ireland Club finals in-a-row and fear of losing a third was uppermost in their minds as timed ticked away against Crossmolina in the 2004 decider.

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Dreaming of tomorrow

Thirty five years ago, Martin Ferris committed himself to the armed struggle on the day his father died. Tomorrow he'll watch proudly as his sons line out for Ardfert in an All-Ireland football final. It's been some journey. He spoke to Tony Leen.

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Midleton CBS hope to extend Thurles' wait for Harty success

By Brendan LarkinHALF a century has passed since Thurles CBS last won the Dr Harty Cup - and how they hope to break that unenviable record this year.

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Shooting from the hip in the line of fire

AS a goalkeeper, Donal Óg Cusack is used to life in the line of fire. However, Diarmuid O'Flynn found it's not just sliotars he has to worry about.

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Barrett tops bill in Rylane tournament

By Brendan MooneyRYLANE Boxing Club is back in action tonight with a rescheduled tournament featuring a star-studded bill at the Community Centre in Aghabullogue.

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Gomez fight wasn't rigged, says boxing body

By Colm O'ConnorTHE Boxing Union of Ireland last night cleared Peter McDonagh and Michael Gomez of any wrongdoing in last month's controversial Irish lightweight title fight in Dublin.

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O'Neill's wife improving

By Martyn ZieglerMARTIN O'NEILL'S position as frontrunner to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson has been enhanced still further by "better news" about his ill wife.

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Luton end Reading's run

Luton 3 Reading 2ROWAN VINE beat rush hour traffic to score the goals which finally put the brakes on Reading's inexorable march to the Premiership.

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King 'ready to sign new deal'

By Adrian CurtisLEDLEY KING will sign a new Spurs contract before the end of the season, according to coach Martin Jol.

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McCarthy's warning

By Phil CaseyLIAM LAWRENCE has been urged to keep his feet on the ground after being called into the Republic of Ireland squad.

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Testing questions and limited options for Staunton

By Liam MackeyPARTLY out of choice and partly because his hand was forced by a combination of injuries and retirements, there is certainly a fresh green look to Steve Staunton's first Republic of Ireland squad, announced in Dublin on Thursday morning.

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Wenger facing Real test

By Jim van WijkARSENE WENGER will have little choice but to take a depleted Arsenal squad to Madrid for next week's Champions League clash at the Bernabeu.

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Ireland head back to scene of triumph

IT'S all back to Ray's place for the Green Army.

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Who'd be a referee?

JEFF WINTER was one of the best-known referees in the Premiership. He spoke to Brendan O'Brien about red cards, bad language and his toughest game.

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Fergie urges referee to ignore Neville factor

By Simon Stone and Paul WalkerALEX FERGUSON has warned referee Howard Webb not to let the abuse directed towards Gary Neville affect his handling of today's FA Cup clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

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Mourinho: 'potato field' pitch is not a ploy

By Matt BarlowJOSE MOURINHO has hit back at claims that Chelsea are playing dirty tricks with their pitch.

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BUSINESS

'EU livestock industry at risk'

By Ray RyanEUROPE'S livestock sector is being placed at risk because more stringent restrictions are not being imposed on importing beef from Argentina and Brazil in response to foot-and- mouth disease outbreaks in these countries, it was claimed yesterday.

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Glanbia rewards top grain growers

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentGLANBIA handled 180,000 tonnes of grain in its catchment area from Cork to Louth last year.

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British sheepmeat production to fall

By Martin RyanMarts: Sheepmeat production in Britain is predicted to fall by up to 5% in 2006, following an increase of 4% in 2005, according to the latest forecast from the Meat and Livestock Commission.

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Bank stocks drive market

SHARES in Dublin rose for the seventh consecutive day with the banking stocks the catalyst. The ISEQ added 28.22 points to 7757.90.

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Dell shares slip despite profit rise

SHARES in computer maker Dell slipped by more than 5% in early trading yesterday even though it posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter profits.

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AGI Therapeutics plans €40m flotation

By Ian GuiderA PHARMACEUTICAL company fronted by former Elan executives plans to raise over €40 million from a stock market flotation.

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Investors favour independent advice

A SURVEY which shows almost two-thirds of investors prefer to get financial advice from an independent broker rather than from financial institutions themselves has been warmly welcomed by the Irish Brokers Association (IBA).

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Plea to support mobile television

MOBILE MESSAGING FORUM chairman Eamon Hession has called on the Government and the mobile and broadcasting industries to take decisive action to support the introduction of mobile TV in Ireland.

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Manufacturing sector to lose more than 150 jobs

By Ed CartyABOUT 150 jobs are to be axed over the next year with the closure of two manufacturing plants in the north-west.

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Rising expenses eat into operating profits at U2's management firm

By Ian GuiderU2'S management firm Principle saw profits fall by over €1 million last year.

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Glencar share issue raises €1.84m

THE board of Glencar Mining plc yesterday announced the conditional placing of 18,002,000 new ordinary shares of nominal value €0.031 in the capital of the company at £0.07 (€0.10) per share.

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Energy expert is clutching at straws

By Brian O'MahonyA RESPECTED authority on fossil fuels has turned the debate on its head claiming the world has enough fossil fuels to energise the globe for at least 500 years.

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Neworld MD to present brands talk

NEWORLD ASSOCIATES managing director Pat Kinsley will present a talk entitled 'Does your brand take you for granted?' at The Marketing Breakfast on February 22.

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OPINION

Guantanamo Bay - Diabolical camp must be shut down

MOUNTING global clamour for the US terrorist prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to be shut down over blatant human rights abuse there must not go unheeded by America.

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Counselling report - Many couples finding life traumatic

THOUSANDS of Irish people are finding the pressures of modern life unbearable judging by the latest report from Accord, the voluntary marriage counselling agency of the Catholic Church.

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Change of number

THE phone number given for Daniel Buckley, of Toames East, Macroom, Co Cork, who is conducting a survey of feral ferrets in Ireland, was incorrect (Irish Examiner letters, February 13).

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Asylum seekers must move to new centre

A CENTRE for asylum seekers applying for residency in Ireland, An Poc Fada in Cobh, Co Cork, is to close its doors next week.

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Planning goes behind closed doors

THE new Strategic Infrastructure Bill threatens the democratic principles that are the foundation stone of our planning system. It is founded on the principle that the regulation of development is a matter that should normally be settled locally.

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Who really approved creeping urbanisation?

ANN MALLORY (Irish Examiner letters, February 10) is correct about the unattractive, creeping urbanisation and industrialisation occurring between Cork city and Midleton.

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Fox experiment leads to a valuable lesson

LAST December there were reports that some State officials believed it would be safe to include meat and bone meal (MBM) in dog ration again.

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No end in sight for minister saga

By Harry McGee, On PoliticsBERTIE AHERN reflected in an interview with this paper that a major speech he gave on 1916 in UCD had been smothered by the media.

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President has lost the sure touch she displayed during her first term

By Ryle DwyerDURING her first term as President, Mary McAleese never put a foot wrong, but in the past year she has fouled up on a number of occasions. Indeed, she seems to be suffering from that dreaded public disease, foot-in-mouth.

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FEATURES

Hot tip

By Darina AllenTours de France: The Irish are celebrating French Connections with 'Tours de France' from 9.30-6pm today at 6 Kildare St Dublin.

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Recipe for Melktert

By Darina AllenServes 12.

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Recipe for Goreme

By Darina AllenThis is a spicy cheese pureé that can be served as a dip, or a spread. Try it with Shraak, or with raw vegetables such as carrot sticks.

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Recipe for Shraak

By Darina AllenShraak is a thin, crisp unleavened bread that is great to serve with cheese and pickles.

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FOOD

Recipe for Lamb in Mechoui

By Darina AllenJosie gives a description in the book of how to do a poacher's roast, but you can do it in your own kitchen.

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Recipe for Shraak

By Darina AllenShraak is a thin, crisp unleavened bread that is great to serve with cheese and pickles.

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Recipe for Goreme

By Darina AllenThis is a spicy cheese pureé that can be served as a dip, or a spread. Try it with Shraak, or with raw vegetables such as carrot sticks.

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Recipe for Melktert

By Darina AllenServes 12.

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Hot tip

By Darina AllenTours de France: The Irish are celebrating French Connections with 'Tours de France' from 9.30-6pm today at 6 Kildare St Dublin.

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Recipe for Spiked Fruit with Star Anise

By Darina AllenThe syrup can be made well in advance and kept in the fridge until needed.

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Fool proof food

By Darina AllenRecipe for Coconut & Lime Cookies.

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Recipe for Spicy Fruit and Nuts

By Darina AllenThis dish could be cooked outdoors on the barbecue or prepared for a picnic.

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Out of Africa

By Darina AllenI HAVE just received a lovely book - Recipes from an African Kitchen, by Josie Stow and Ian Baldwin - from former Ballymaloe student Jane Oxborrow.

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PROPERTY

Walking distance to the city

A BRIEF uphill struggle on to the Bandon Road from Cork city centre and you come across 163 Bandon Road, which auctioneer Christy Ryan is selling for €290,000.

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Make your nest in this popular commuter belt

By Rose MartinHERON'S GROVE couldn't be more convenient to the centre of Carrigaline in Co Cork, a hugely popular area for commuters.

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Viewers vying to see Model Farm Road property

By Rose MartinIT mightn't be the biggest or the brashest house on the Model Farm Road area, but Mount Nephin has got off to a flying start since it hit the market last weekend.

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Elegant, renovated cottage with a smart, Blackrock Village address

By Tommy BarkerTHE word bijou (meaning small and elegant) might have been coined to describe Dundanion Cottage. The smart, two-bedroomed house has an equally smart Blackrock Road address, a renovated interior - brightened by a large roof light - and a private, south-facing back garden.

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Upwardly mobile

By Tommy BarkerA SUBURB under everyone's nose has hit the right mark, as a million euro-plus house sale beckons in Cork's Mahon.

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Douglas House sets new standards

Tommy Barker visits an upmarket scheme of townhouses and apartments which raises the bar in terms of landscaping and design.

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Space and comfort hallmarks of Cotswolds estate

THE name may conjure up images of that most English of areas, the Cotswolds, but the estate of the same name at Castleredmond, Midleton, is plonked firmly in West Cork.

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Niche development's estuary views will satisfy your lofty ambitions

By Tommy BarkerCHARLEMONT HEIGHTS is well-named, as the hillside houses have a lofty demeanour and a view over the Douglas estuary and the lights of Mahon Point.

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Five-bed house has sunroom with a view

By Rose MartinDESCRIBED by Donal Collins of Global Properties as "classy", number 13, Barrymore Green in Sallybrook, Glanmire, Co Cork is a good-sized, trader-upper.

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Detached residence in quiet spot

A FOUR bedroom detached property where no work is required, either inside or out, is for sale in the popular Ballycasey area of Shannon, Co Clare.

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Bird's eye view of Eagle Valley apartment

A TOWNHOUSE in Cork's Eagle Valley is for sale, with the vendor departing after a few years of habitation.

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Spacious home ticks all the boxes

By Tommy BarkerTHEY say it takes three or four attempts at building a house before you get what you want, but the owners of this Killeagh, East Cork home got what they wanted first time around.

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Suburban gated apartment convenient to the city

By Tommy BarkerTHERE are not many quality homes for €500,000 within a few minutes walk of Douglas village, in Cork city - so this apartment, by the local tennis club, should achieve its €525,000 guide price.

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The million dollar look

Tommy Barker says American-style touches make this a unique home.

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Coast to a home in a million

Tommy Barker is entranced by the beauty which surrounds this Spiddal stunner.

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Steering a course for a safe harbour

Tommy Barker is impressed by the setting of a coastal bungalow.

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