Fundraising for good causes has come a long way since the days of the charity walk. It is now a more adventurous undertaking, as round-Ireland swimmer Alan Corcoran and global cyclists Paddy Flynn and Daithí Harrison are proving.
There is a deep irony in the fact that, as we become ever more fascinated by food, by cookery, and as we reach deeper understandings of the impact diet has on life-long health, basic cookery skills are not as universal as they once were.
The Irish Heart Foundation tells us that 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease — mainly stroke and heart attacks — caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in our arteries. They tell those of us already diagnosed with the disease that standard treatment is an effective way of preventing a heart attack or stroke.
Locals in a Cork village who recently attended a charity coffee morning for a woman who was going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania could never have anticipated she would become ill and lose her life on the trip, her funeral Mass heard.