How electric-powered kitchen appliances revolutionised life for rural Ireland's women in the 50s

How electric-powered kitchen appliances revolutionised life for rural Ireland's women in the 50s

A new exhibition reminds us how electric kitchen appliances revolutionised life for women in rural Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s, in the wake of the ESB’s ...

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Best years of our lives: Crawford artists recall their childhood ahead of Summer exhibition

Best years of our lives: Crawford artists recall their childhood ahead of Summer exhibition

As children become the focus of the summer exhibition at the Crawford, some of the participating artists tell Ellie O'Byrne about their own childhoods.

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Pressing the flesh: Sculptor Sam Jinks a major draw for Galway International Arts Festival

Pressing the flesh: Sculptor Sam Jinks a major draw for Galway International Arts Festival

The life-like pieces of Australian sculptor Sam Jinks provide one of the major exhibitions at Galway International Arts festival, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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No place like home: Spoken-word poet Stephen James Smith faces economic exile from his cityThis story is enriched with multi-media content

No place like home: Spoken-word poet Stephen James Smith faces economic exile from his city

Dublin spoken-word poet Stephen James Smith talks to Ellie O’Byrne as he faces economic exile from his city.

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Phoenix rises: Peadar Lamb on shifting focus after studio fire claimed his life's work

The phoenix rises: new work after a conflagration for Cork Artist Rebuilding his art practice after the studio fire that claimed his life’s work has meant ...

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The phoenix rises: New work after a conflagration for Cork artist Peadar Lamb

Rebuilding his art practice after the studio fire that claimed his life’s work has meant a shift of focus from stained glass to sculpture, artist Peadar Lamb ...

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New concept may have solution to Ireland’s festival-season tent-trashing habit

A duo from the Netherlands think they have the solution to Ireland’s festival-season tent-trashing habit, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Meet the couple giving all their money to charity

Meet the couple giving all their money to charity

Philanthropists Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist tell Ellie O’Byrne why their sights are set on funding equality in Ireland

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'We're open for business': Cork's North Main Street traders hold pop up street party

'We're open for business': Cork's North Main Street traders hold pop up street party

We're open for business is the defiant message from traders and residents on Cork's North Main Street who used the street's closure to hold a pop-up street party ...

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Versatile youth sold on hip hop’s bling and drug culture

Versatile youth sold on hip hop’s bling and drug culture

A young crowd was out in force last night for Dublin duo Versatile’s Rebel County appearance.

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Large and ambitious collaboration at Midsummer Festival

Large and ambitious collaboration at Midsummer Festival

A large and ambitious collaboration between dance-theatre company Junk Ensemble and Belfast musical production company Dumbworld saw 80 Cork choristers, young and ...

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Pauline McLynn shines in creative homecoming for Enda Walsh's The Small Things

Pauline McLynn shines in creative homecoming for Enda Walsh's The Small Things

The Small Things by Enda Walsh gets a big production at Cork's Old Waterworks, writes Ellie O'Byrne.

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West Cork sound systems mix great sound with eycatching designs

West Cork sound systems mix great sound with eycatching designs

West Cork sound system creator Toby Hatchett has put his furniture-making skills to good use for a special listening lounge at Body & Soul this weekend, writes Ellie ...

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Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Twin choreographers Megan and Jessica Kennedy explore the innermost fears of Cork people for their ambitious dance opera, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Harnessing the creative energy of youth in Cork city

The teenage years are not only a time for rebellion, but an important time to build a creative identity, according to William Frode De La Foret, Cork Community Art ...

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Cork's stickmakers club branch gets to grips with turning wood

Cork's stickmakers club branch gets to grips with turning wood

The Cork branch of Celtic Stickmakers is one of the most active — its co-founder explains the benefits of turning wood, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Creating a buzz about diversity will benefit all

Creating a buzz about diversity will benefit all

Farmers like the McCalls can play a leading role in the battle for Ireland’s threatened bees, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Outen about: Sometimes coming home can be the toughest journey

Sarah Outen has rowed oceans and survived typhoons, but the Lismore bound adventurer and travel writer tells Ellie O’Byrne that the toughest journey can sometimes ...

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A sparkling reception: Interest in Prosecco bubbles up in masterclass

Prosecco may be Italy’s answer to Champagne, but is it a girly drink or a serious business? Ellie O’Byrne raises a flute at a masterclass at Ireland’s ...

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Time for a red revolution: Breaking the cycle of unsustainable feminine hygiene products

Time for a red revolution: Breaking the cycle of unsustainable feminine hygiene products

Women are breaking the old ‘taboo’ to talk about period waste and campaign for sustainable feminine hygiene options, writes Ellie O'Byrne.

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Meet the man on a mission to save a little-known river in Cork City

Meet the man on a mission to save a little-known river in Cork City

Chris Moody, the first person to film otters on the River Bride in Cork City, argues that we should be protecting the biodiversity of urban waterways, writes Ellie ...

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How employers can help to save our hard-working bees

How employers can help to save our hard-working bees

Ireland’s threatened bee species can benefit from businesses large and small signing up for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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What are Irish festivals doing to be eco-conscious?

What are Irish festivals doing to be eco-conscious?

As we dust off our gladrags for the summer’s festival calendar, Ellie O’Byrne asks what Irish music festivals are doing to go green this year.

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Sounds of the city: Artist explains Crawford Art Gallery's latest installation piece

Limerick-born artist Andrew Kearney is allowing Cork gallery-goers to eavesdrop on what he calls the “oozing activity of the city” with Mechanism, his ...

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Learning the ropes: Skipping fever has taken hold at this Cork school

Learning the ropes: Skipping fever has taken hold at this Cork school

As rates of childhood obesity soar, one Cork school is reviving the once-common schoolyard activity of skipping to boost child fitness and co-ordination skills, ...

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Mad about Cork: Community groups are fuelling a renewed sense of pride

There's a grand stretch in the evenings.

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Let’s get on the biogas bus and use eco-friendly fuel

Let’s get on the biogas bus and use eco-friendly fuel

Biomethane can be harvested from slurry or food waste and be compressed for use as an eco-friendly fuel, such as to power our buses, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Back from the dead: The Bermuda petrel was thought extinct for nearly 400 years

Back from the dead: The Bermuda petrel was thought extinct for nearly 400 years

The amazing tale of the Bermuda petrel, a seabird thought extinct for nearly 400 years, has lessons for Ireland’s blasé approach to conservation, West ...

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When war meets art: Doris Salcedo on representing violence without violence

Doris Salcedo rails against the violence of her native Colombia in her major exhibition at IMMA, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Have tapes, will travel: Shimkovitz on his quest to spread the word on Africa's rarest music

Have tapes, will travel: Shimkovitz on his quest to spread the word on Africa's rarest music

He was the musical legend who gave it all up to drive a taxi.

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Local authorities: busy enough in the battle for Ireland’s bees?

Local authorities: busy enough in the battle for Ireland’s bees?

The annual Biodiversity and Councils’ All-Ireland Pollinator conference put the spotlight on local authorities’ vital role in protecting threatened pollinators, ...

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Skabilly rebel Roddy Byers ready to rock in TramoreThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Skabilly rebel Roddy Byers ready to rock in Tramore

In advance of his trip to Ireland, Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers looks back on his early days with The Specials, and tells Ellie O’Byrne about the musical ...

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Gavin James: Tapping into our love of a pub sing-song

Gavin James: Tapping into our love of a pub sing-song

“Are there any lovebirds in the house? And if there aren’t, what the hell are you doing at a Gavin James gig?”

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Cathy Jordan on playing within a tradition with DervishThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Cathy Jordan on playing within a tradition with Dervish

Sometimes musical worlds collide, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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How carnival beats the drum for tolerance

How carnival beats the drum for tolerance

Cork documentary maker Kate Hardie Buckley was in Brazil to film the changing dynamic for the country’s LGBT community, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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