One of The Menu’s most favourite epicurean experiences takes place each year in the wonderfully welcoming surrounds of Knockranny House Hotel where some conglomeration of winemakers assembles for a weekend of tastings, masterclasses and a wonderful dinner from chef Seamus Commons, complementing these liquid wares.
Sat, 03 Nov, 2018
A West Cork man who denied fracturing his best friend’s cheekbone with a punch to the face on a night out in Union Hall sent a text saying: “Hey lad, sorry about last night. I don’t know what happened. I’ll pay your hospital bill. Sorry.”
Thu, 03 May, 2018
It’s a time of year for nice surprises and Margaret O’Driscoll of the Neonatal Unit at Cork University Maternity Hospital was on the receiving end when she was rewarded for her work, not least for her efforts with a premature baby boy.
Sat, 23 Dec, 2017
Some 20 commercial property lots and investments in Cork, worth in excess of €4.5 million combined, plus 18 residential properties, will feature in the major c 315 lot Bid X1 online auction next month, November 9 and 10, in which €50-60 million in activity is expected to be generated nationally.
Thu, 26 Oct, 2017
The Menu has always found Castletownshend in West Cork an intriguing spot and relishes the prospect of an evening there for some fine dining courtesy of one of his most beloved chefs, Caitlin Ruth, of Deasy’s Harbour Bar & Restaurant.
Sat, 25 Feb, 2017
John Kelly is an artist. His father is from Cork, and mother from Bristol. The family emigrated to Australia in 1965, the year of John’s birth. Kelly has lived in all three countries and for the past decade has resided in West Cork. This week, his exhibition, John Kelly: A Group Show, will open at Uillinn in Skibbereen.
Thu, 21 Jul, 2016
In the summer of 1991hitchhiked the coastline of Ireland for his first travel book. Twenty-five years on, he retraced his footsteps for a new book based on a journey along the Wild Atlantic Way – this time by car and bike, on foot and on horseback
Fri, 15 Apr, 2016
A REALLY posh new book celebrating Irish food and cooking has just arrived on my desk. HOME: Recipes from Ireland is Trish Deseine’s new book, and it feels like a love letter to her home country.
Sat, 14 Nov, 2015
I WAS gratified to hear that my grandson and his girlfriend, visiting our West Cork home from the UK, were fortunate enough to witness spectacular whale behaviour when they went on a whale watch trip with Colin Barnes from Reen Pier, near Castletownshend.
Mon, 02 Nov, 2015
Sat, 17 Oct, 2015