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

'Start as you mean to go on'
Ask Miriam
This week, Miriam hears from two readers in response to a recent letter from a reader who was feeling pressure to move in to a granny flat beside her boyfriend's parents.
Katherine's Country: a big day in the farming world
20 September 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Katherine's Country: a big day in the farming world
Scanning the cows is a big day on the farm. The results dictate the plan for spring 2024. Katherine O'Learly writes.
Katherine's Country: patient care has many faces
13 September 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Katherine's Country: patient care has many faces
A nurse’s kind gesture meant that I was relaxed going into theatre for surgery, writes Katherine O’Leary
'My family bought me a hoover for my birthday'
This week, Miriam responds to a reader who was left disappointed by the gift that her family chose for her significant birthday.
6 September 2023 Ask Miriam
Craughill barn birthday celebrations
A barnyard birthday is a reminder that celebration keeps us going, even in the toughest times. Katherine O'Leary writes.
6 September 2023 Katherine O'Leary
'I don’t want to move into granny flat on the farm'
Dear Miriam, my in-laws have offered their granny flat to us, but I need my own space
30 August 2023 Ask Miriam
Family rituals and the pull of an invisible string
When trauma hits a family, it is important to find ways of explaining things to young children. Katherine O’Leary’s friend helps her out with a special book.
30 August 2023 Katherine O'Leary
'She should not feel guilty for listening to her mind and body'
This week, Miriam hears from readers sharing their personal experiences after a recent letter regarding postnatal depression and anxiety
23 August 2023 Ask Miriam
Katherine's Country: a sorry state of affairs
Transparency matters as seen in the stories about RTÉ and the Bank of Ireland technical glitch recently, writes Katherine O'Leary
23 August 2023 Katherine O'Leary
'Should I destroy old love letters found in the attic?'
Miriam hears from a reader who faces a predicament about what to do with his teenage love letters
16 August 2023 Ask Miriam
Dealing with hot topics; and cold water
The importance of the discussion group in our farming lives cannot be stressed enough, writes Katherine O'Leary.
16 August 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Katherine's Country: Sometimes normal English just doesn’t cut it
Katherine O’Leary’s grandson, Ricky, has a particular understanding of farming words that are reserved for the farmyard and fields
9 August 2023 Katherine O'Leary