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Opinion and debate from Irish Country Living

Our writers and bloggers comment on the latest news and life in rural Ireland.
An innocent invitation to dinner ended up with the Mother in a rather delicate situation
By Maurice Hickey on 21 September 2017
Can we please have some common sense and call a halt to this Brexit nonsense. It is quite extraordinary what is happening.
By Damien O'Reilly on 14 September 2017
As Katherine O’Leary mulls over the news that the Cork city boundary is to be expanded, she wonders why our knee-jerk reaction is to always say no. Should we not listen to both sided before making o
By Katherine O'Leary on 14 September 2017
Life with my in-laws is taking its toll on my family and I'm close to despair.
By Ask Miriam on 21 September 2017
With hotel prices sky high, Damien O'Reilly takes the plunge and the Airbnb route.
By Damien O'Reilly on 07 September 2017
My daughter and her family recently moved into a new housing estate and seeing the way these young couples have reached out to each other to create a new community gives me great hope for the future
By Mairead Lavery on 07 September 2017
Maurice has decamped and I think I could be starting to enjoy this empty nest, writes The Mother
By Maurice Hickey on 07 September 2017
A short break lets Katherine O’Leary recharge her batteries and discover the heart that lies within our Irish towns
By Katherine O'Leary on 07 September 2017
Hollywood came good for Diarmuid after all. Even so, the grief of loosing our good friend clouded my every thought, writes Katherine O’Leary
By Katherine O'Leary on 24 August 2017
This week, Damien O'Reilly reminisces about his time as a Rose of Tralee escort and wonders when Twitter trolls will be held accountable for their words
By Damien O'Reilly on 24 August 2017
The world has gone mad on dogs. In my opinion, one is too much, writes The Mother
By Maurice Hickey on 24 August 2017
Community support is what makes shows like the Tinahely Show, the Taste of Cavan and the Tullamore Show great
By Mairead Lavery on 17 August 2017
Honest & reputable! Beatles, Stones, Led Zep, U2, Cure etc. No classical or easy...

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