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Friends have forgotten my loss
Ask Miriam
Dear Miriam, I’m still mourning the loss of my mother, but my friends seem to have moved on.
23 November 2022 Damien O'Reilly
Time to give thanks for friendships
Margaret Leahy gives her view on American Thanksgiving, friendship and the relationships which sustain us.
23 November 2022 Katherine O'Leary
Remembering Vicky Phelan
The best way to honour Vicky is to look after ourselves actively and responsibly, writes 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
Damien O'Reilly: listen before you decide on your opinion
In his last column for Irish Country Living, Damien O'Reilly discusses the roadbloacks to environmental progress and what we can do to combat them.
9 November 2022 Damien O'Reilly
Katherine's Country: Diarmiud becomes a transplant recipient
So many people have been involved in Diarmuid’s care to get him fit for his kidney transplant, writes Katherine O'Leary.
9 November 2022 Katherine O'Leary
Exhausted and overwhelmed by the festive season
Dear Miriam, I am so exhausted by the time that Christmas arrives that I just can't enjoy it.
9 November 2022 Ask Miriam
Editorial: Did you hear Damien this morning?
It is said that tradition is a guide and not a jailer. Traditions should reflect the reality that things change and change with the times. Writes Amii McKeever
9 November 2022 Amii