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BAG IT: Looking for a new kit bag or birthday gift for a sporty child? 

These fun backpacks from Sportpax come with handy pockets and dividers inside, adjustable straps and a wipe-clean surface. There are four colours to choose from for little rugby players, as well as a football backpack for soccer fans. The shell, made from a combination of EVA foam and material, is designed to maintain its ball shape while still being soft with plenty of room for all those essentials for training, or a day out, £24.95;

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: To launch Safer Internet Day 2016 on February 9 and to celebrate the fifth birthday of the What’s Your Story? competition in Ireland, Trend Micro hosted a panel discussion on Digital Citizenship: diversity, inclusion and responsibility online. More than 100 students from Cork attended the celebrations and thousands more from across Ireland joined in via live video link. The What’s Your Story? video and poster competition encourages young people aged eight and over to share their personal experiences of the internet. For details see: and follow on twitter @TrendISKF_IE #WhatsYourStory2016

EASY TO SWALLOW: They say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down but for those who have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules, a new product from Clonmel Healthcare may also be useful. Gloup is a clear, cherry flavoured gel which works by moistening the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat.

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It can be used from age two could come in handy when children are moving from liquid medication to tablets as they get older. Gloup is now available in two sizes: 75ml tube, €5.47 and 150ml tube, €7.49, from pharmacies;

YOUTH TEAMS: The Youth Challenge - an initiative, aimed at promoting participation among young people aged between 16 and 18, has become a popular part of the Cork City Marathon since it was first introduced in 2013. Youth teams of five will complete the marathon course on June 6 as a relay, taking a stage each and completing a maximum of 5.8 miles. Training for this non-competitive relay can take just 13 weeks, but early sign-up of teams is being encouraged. Entry forms and details available online at


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