Our writers and bloggers comment on the latest news and life in rural Ireland.

I want to spend Christmas with my own family
Ask Miriam
Dear Miriam, I want to spend Christmas with my own family, not with my in-laws.
30 November 2022 Katherine O'Leary
Katherine's Country: women involved in dairying deserve to feel empowered
The inaugural Dairy Women Ireland conference was held last weekend. Katherine O’Leary attended and found that DWI is for absolutely every girl/woman working in dairying.
30 November 2022 Damien O'Reilly
Margaret Leahy: bus 424 has been a game changer for my rural life
Rural transport links - especially those later-night services - lower our dependencies on cars, but also link together our smaller communities, writes Margaret Leahy.
Editorial: Christmas consumer sentiment is down but far from out
It’s officially the “most wonderful time of the year”. But in our efforts to make it wonderful are we putting ourselves under undue monetary pressure; writes Amii McKeever?
30 November 2022 Amii
Friends have forgotten my loss
Dear Miriam, I’m still mourning the loss of my mother, but my friends seem to have moved on.
23 November 2022 Ask Miriam
Time to give thanks for friendships
Margaret Leahy gives her view on American Thanksgiving, friendship and the relationships which sustain us.
23 November 2022 Damien O'Reilly
Remembering Vicky Phelan
The best way to honour Vicky is to look after ourselves actively and responsibly, writes Katherine O’Leary.
23 November 2022 Katherine O'Leary
Your choice? ‘Long hours at high intensity’ or work-life balance?
Agri companies are adjusting to work flexibility in an effort to hold staff just as the multinationals start calling employees back in. Who is on the right path?
23 November 2022 Amii
New CAP regulations are live
The new Common Agricultural Policy has been signed off by Government. It is time to understand it, writes Katherine O'Leary.
16 November 2022 Katherine O'Leary
Frozen out by clique in choir
Dear Miriam, I joined my local choir to sing, but do not feel very welcome.
16 November 2022 Ask Miriam
Margaret Leahy: taking the time to talk about everything and nothing
Do we think too much about time management? Margaret Leahy has taken a step back and feels she is finally seeing the light
16 November 2022 Blog
There is no room to treat any farming query as a “stupid question”
It would be fool hardy to assume that people just; “should know”, how or where their food is produced. As the gap widens between consumers and farms, questions need answers. Writes Amii McKeever.
16 November 2022 Amii