Noel O’Mahony:  Portraying his stage character Leon Haymoon and The Ghost Town Tumbleweeds

O’Mahony a popular entertainer in mid-Cork during the 1990s – a talented, lively performer

Sean Hurley was buried along with 20 other casualties of the Easter Rising in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Commemoration for Sean Hurley – only Cork volunteer to die in Dublin over Easter Week

A file image of former Green Party TD Dan Boyle  who is hoping the Welsh Green Party can secure seats this week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Cork South Central deputy is surprised by the popularity of UKIP in Wales

The scene of a fatal fire in St Colmans Park in Macroom, Co Cork in which two people died. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Kenny Relihan (26) and Noel O’Mahony, who was in his early 60s, lose their lives in Macroom fire

A file image from September 2015 showing the remains of Commandant Thomas Kent lying in state at St. Michael’s Garrison church, Collins Barracks before a State funeral. Thomas Kent was one of the 16 men executed in 1916 following the Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Historian tells commemoration Kent had a strong sense of duty informed by his family

Sean Hurley was buried along with 20 other casualties of the Easter Rising in a mass grave in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Hurley (29) was a member of a party involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the Rising

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork will host a newly commissioned work. Image: Google Maps

Medieval style singers White Raven to feature at Cork International Choral Festival

A woman walked free from court on Thursday after the family of a motorcyclist she killed while out driving urged the judge not to jail her.

Judge praises family of motorcyclist TJ Sweetnam (41) who died after Co Cork collision

Image of the proposed Ringaskiddy incinerator in Cork Harbour.

Indaver argued trade was necessary as recently as 2013, Marcia D’Alton tells hearing

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility which Indaver is seeking to build at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour.

None of company’s incinerators in Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany are in comparable locations, planning hearing is told

Garda   at the scene of the fatal shooting accident on  Plunkett Road, Ballyphehane, Cork: Diarmuid Byrne’s friend, who was deeply traumatised, explained to gardaí he had discharged Mr Byrne’s legally held shotgun without realising the weapon was loaded. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí in Cork believe technical tests will determine direction of investigation

Geraldine Clancy (58) and her daughter, Louise (22 pictured) from Leitrim, Kilworth, Co Cork died after their car was involved in a crash on the Fermoy to Ballyduff Road at around 11.30am on December 22nd last.

Car carrying Geraldine and Louise Clancy left road after collision and landed in dyke

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster will carry out a postmortem.  Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Dermot Byrne suffered single gunshot wound to the head in house in Ballyphehane

Barry Davis Ryan (20) drowned off the Cork coast in 2015.

Barry Ryan (51), Barry Davis Ryan (20) and Niamh O’Connor (20) died in 2015 incident

Man in his 40s shot dead at house in Ballyphehane on southside of city

Newly elected Cork North Central TD Mick Barry has been replaced on Cork City Council. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Month long delay after Labour questioned right of AAA/PBP to nominate successor

Communities such as those living near Cork Harbour should be protected by legislation limiting the number of times planning applications can be made for major infrastructural projects that impact on their lives, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Micheál Martin calls for cap on repeat planning applications for major projects

Mr David Butt was charged with possession of a 12-gauge Purdey double-barrel sawn-off shotgun at Clogheenmilcon, Blarney, Co Cork, on April 22nd. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Man charged in connection with seizure of sawn-off shotgun in Blarney last week

 Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has criticised Indaver’s plan to build a €160 million incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Co Cork. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says proposal would be contrary to Government plans for Cork Harbour

Taoiseach Enda Kenny laughs with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the 1916 Arbour Hill commemoration ceremony  in Dublin. Mr Martin said Fianna Fáil would support a Fine Gael-led minority government in honouring any existing contracts with Irish Water. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Party leader outlines the conditions of a deal on the suspension of water charges

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘So far there has been a willingness to keep channels open and to engage - I think the tone has been good’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says there is 50/50 chance of current talks with Fine Gael succeeding

Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, the carrier looking to offer long-haul low fares option to Asia and America out of Ireland.

Fianna Fáil Cllr says unions set to lobby against move for new transatlantic route

Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney speaking to reporters after leaving talks on government formation. ‘A lot has been agreed. There was 30 items up for discussion, the vast majority of them have been agreed in terms of accommodation or compromise,’ he said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fail offered three year agreement in return for the suspension of charges for three years

A man from the Mayfield area of Cork is to  appear at Cork District Court on Monday where he will be charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition at Clogheenmilcon, Blarney on April 22nd last. File photograph: Getty Images

Car searched at checkpoint as gardaí target gangs carrying out burglaries in rural areas

The man and woman, who are in their 30s and from the Mayfield area of Cork city, were arrested when gardaí stopped the car at Clogheenmilcon just outside Blarney at around 7.30pm on Friday.

Woman released without charge after pair arrested on Friday as part of Operation Thor

Detail of the proclamation from 1916 from the Trinity College Exhibition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Cork Rising commemorations in 25 communities include re-enactments and lectures

Peter Kingston  at his family farm in Nohoval, Co  Cork. An auction was held to sell the fan dairy herd, which was ordered following a High Court ruling on a charge in relation to a debt associated with the Kingston farm.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Second auction to be held at Kingston farm in Nohoval to re-sell remaining 500 animals

A 72-year-old man who told his nine-year-old granddaughter that her grandmother in heaven would be very displeased with her if she told anyone that he was abusing her has been jailed for four years. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Man (72) told girl that her dead grandmother would be unhappy if she reported the assault

A relative of a homeless french man who died last year after being assaulted in Cork city has said she hopes his attacker can rehabilitate himself and ‘make good of his life’.

Sister of the late Vincent Morgain says she hopes Daniel O’Sullivan can be rehabilitated

Ciaran Lynch, the former Cork South Central TD  welcomed  Joan Burton’s statement on Tuesday evening when she ruled out Labour entering any minority coalition arrangement with Fine Gael. He believed it was not what Labour Party members wanted.  Photograph: Collins

Ciaran Lynch says party can now tackle leadership issue in line with its constitution

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility

Health expert for waste company Indaver says dioxin emissions will be ‘insignificant’

The  interior of a National Ambulance Service vehicle. A priest has questioned the level of investment in the National Ambulance Service after a parishioner was left waiting for more than 45 minutes for an ambulance after he collapsed at Mass.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

Elderly man had to wait for over 45 minutes for help despite a nearby ambulance base

Proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

Indaver had been refused permission for project due to concerns over coastal erosion

Artists impression of the proposed Indaver facility in Ringaskiddy.

Floors of Indaver development would be 5m above sea level, reducing flood risk - expert

Bodies of John Palmer and Greg Lonergan recovered from 2014 fire at flat in Co Cork

Jennifer Connery pleaded guilty over death of TJ Sweetman in Cork last August

An  Applegreen service station  in Co Cork was robbed at gunpoint on Monday night.  File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí seek assistance after raider makes off in Fiat Punto after robbing filling station staff

Chase supporters protest outside a Bord Pleanála oral hearing in Carrigaline for an incinerator by Indaver in Ringaskiddy. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Company defends proposal for Ringaskiddy facility after protest outside Bord Pleanála hearing

Artists impression of the proposed Indaver facility in Ringaskiddy.

Director of firm behind proposal extols benefits amid growing local opposition

Labour TD Sean Sherlock said he had taken soundings on a daily basis from Labour Party members  and the clear view was the party should regroup in opposition rather than enter any coalition arrangement. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TD says Labour members he contacted believe party should regroup in opposition

Norwegian Air Group CEO Bjørn Kjos.

Cork Chamber hails plan as a positive step to boost tourism and business links

Founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International Irishwoman Adi Roche will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Plight of Chernobyl ‘liquidators’ who battled to contain radiation leak from nuclear plant to be highlighted

Mick Barry was elected to the Dáil as a Cork North Central constituency TD in February when he ran on the AAA-PBP platform. File photograph: Antiausterityalliance.ie

Co-option of replacement for AAA-PBP’s TD Mick Barry not covered by existing Act

Buyers pictured in the yard of Peter Kingston’s farm in Nohoval, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Protesters greet auction of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ winner’s prize herd in Co Cork

Mick  Barry TD is confident the AAA-PBP has the power to nominate his replacement to Cork City Council, explaining the merged party has been recognised by the Register of the Dáil as being composed of both the AAA and the PBP.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour questioning of merged party’s right to co-opt termed ‘the biggest brass neck’

The River Lee in Cork city. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Solicitor says city council failed to respond promptly to risk over weekend

Three fishermen were recovering in Kinsale, Co Cork, on Sunday night after they were rescued by the RNLI when their trawler hit rocks and sank while entering Kinsale Harbour. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Trawler sinks after hitting rocks as stormy conditions continue in Co Cork

Paul Linehan (Annie Moore’s Irish relative), genealogist Megan Smokenyak and Michael Schulman (Annie Moore’s American relative) with a photograph of Annie Moore arriving at Ellis Island on January 1st, 1892 with her brothers, Anthony and Philip. Photograph: Megan Smolenyak

Descendant Paul Linehan speaks of influence of first immigrant through Ellis Island in 1892

Waves  coming over the pier in Howth on Sunday. Photograph: Howth Coast Guard

Howth Coast Guard urges walkers to avoid pier due to risk of waves washing people into water

Jennifer Connery is charged with careless driving causing the death of TJ Sweetnam at Ballinrush, Kilworth on the 22nd of August 2015. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Motorcyclist TJ Sweetnam died after collision near Kilworth, Co Cork last August

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “I think it’s time for people to knuckle down in terms of what’s likely to happen which is a minority government.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says party made ‘solemn promise’ not to go into power with Fine Gael

MV Northern Dedication will dock in Cork Harbour on Friday

‘MV Northern Dedication’ some 230m long, carrying 5 million bananas from Central America

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility

Environmentalists accuse board of rushing hearing of submissions on Indaver project

Minister of State Simon Harris as responsibility of the Office of Public Works which is charged with co-ordinating and managing the implementation of government programmes relating to flooding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Group which did not meet for 6 years should have community member, says flood forum

The couple, who were both aged 76, died at the scene and their remains were removed to Cork University Hospital (above). Photograph: Provision

Local community in Buttevant still in shock following the deaths of popular pensioners

Gardaí have closed off the main road and diversions have been put in place south of Mallow General Hospital and at Newtwopothouse to allow a Garda forensic crash investigator examine the scene. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for witnesses as couple named locally as Con (76) and Mary McCarthy (76)

The Easter Rising centenary commemorations were marked with ‘great dignity’ and will help promote reconciliation between Ireland and Britain and on the island of Ireland, the British ambassador to Ireland has said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Events commemorating 1916 can help reconciliation between Ireland and Britain

Gardaí have identified the couple but say that they will not release their names until Wednesday after next of kin have been notified. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Pensioners pronounced dead at scene of incident as driver of other car treated for shock

The absence of a government is undermining the extent to which a contingency plan can be drawn up for Ireland if Britain votes to exit the European Union in a referendum in June, a leading Irish academic has warned.

Political scientist says that Brexit may be the gravest policy challenge facing incoming Irish government

British ambassador Dominick Chilcott. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Dominick Chilcott warns of reduced contact and ‘hardening’ of Border if Britain leaves EU

The driver of the truck was uninjured but was said to be deeply shocked by the tragedy which happened on the southern side of the square in the heart of the West Cork town.

73-year-old was killed when she was hit by a truck on Saturday afternoon in Co Cork town

Investigators believe the criminals are behind a spate of burglaries in Cork, Tipperary and Waterford

Police in Spain are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an Irish tourist

Greg Long (19) was on first holiday abroad in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol

Adi Roche, who is being awarded the Freedom of Cork City, greets a teenager from the Chernobyl region of Belarus who visited Ireland through her Chernobyl Children International charity. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Campaigner humbled to be nominated for the honour by Lord Mayor of Cork

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has chosen Fiona Ryan to replace newly elected Cork North Central TD Mick Barry on Cork City Council. Photograph: Facebook.

Sources say Labour Party has raised an issue about the validity of AAA-PBP nomination

Bishop Paul Colton. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Bishop Paul Colton said during 1966 commemorations it was a single narrative about the men

The garda suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the collision which happened between Cappoquin and Dungarvan in west Waterford

Incident occurred as garda tried to stop the gang following a burglary in Cork

Emergency services pictured at scene of a major collision involving up to 14  vehicles on the N25 road between Fota Island and Little Island, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

No serious injuries as two crashes close two main roads following heavy sleet showers

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at Sunday’s Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader proud of events which reflected ‘alternative perspectives’ on 1916

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has chosen Fiona Ryan to replace newly elected Cork North Central TD Mick Barry on Cork City Council. Photograph: Facebook.

Group says unsuccessful election candidate to move from south to north of city

 Micheál Martin: “We are working to form an alternative government – that’s where our focus is on. I am not contemplating anything else at this stage.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says his party will ‘work hard’ to prevent another poll

Election 2016: Housing is one of the biggest issues in talks on the formation of the next government. Photograph: PA

Party to table ‘Help to Build’ funding scheme for affordable housing at talks

The Proclaimation is read during a commemorative ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising  at the National Monument on Grand Parade, Cork City on monday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision.

Minister for Defence says actions contributed in ‘major way’ to foundation of Irish State

Ranelagh and Elizabeth Ranelagh with Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary at the interment of the ashes of their father, James O’Beirne at Republican Plot at St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork on Saturday

James O Beirne’s relatives express pride at having ceremony included in 1916 events

A member of the Irish Defence Force reads the 1916 proclamation, outside the GPO during a military march in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Stand-off between Irish Volunteers and British forces to be commemorated

Michael Healy-Rae wants to see a minister for rural affairs position created. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent TD says main party leaders have promised to set up new position

Members of the Knit & Natter group who meet every Friday at Dunmanway Library pictured with the stunning replica model of Dublin’s GPO, knitted and crocheted by them. Photograph courtesy of the Southern Star

Dunmanway Knit and Natter group replicate GPO stone facade with newly created stitch

New regulations to make it safer for people cutting down trees have been recommened by an inquest jury in Cork.

Jury recommends new regulations be introduced to protect those felling trees

The woman in her 20s was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery for what one Garda source described as “mutilating injuries”.

Gardaí investigating incident where woman was attacked on Wednesday afternoon

Tributes paid in Brussels: A man places flowers on a street memorial following Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgian flag to be flown over Cork City Hall in show of support, says Cllr Chris O’Leary

Former minister of state Kathleen Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kathleen Lynch sought to defer introduction of charges until incomes recovered

Roland Sweetnam (72) from Kilmuckey, Castlemartyr, Co Cork was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision just south of Mallow on Sunday

Roland Sweetnam (72) was travelling with his son when his truck went out of control

Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr John Buckley said the commemoration of the Easter Rising should be a time for reflection rather than celebration with an emphasis on what unites people rather than divides them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Commemorations should reflect on what unites people rather than divides them

Tomás Mac Curtain, who was later murdered by members of the RIC in 1920, was the Brigade Commander of the Irish Volunteers in Cork city and county in 1916.

Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary calls on new TDs to ‘show leadership’ on issue

The pipe bomb was found by a family in the garden of their house at Shannon Lawn in Mayfield at about 3.30am. Army experts dismantled it

Investigating gardaí claim the object had the potential to maim or kill had it exploded

Tomás Mac Curtain, who was later murdered by members of the RIC in 1920, was the Brigade Commander of the Irish Volunteers in Cork city and county in 1916.

Pipe band parade in city to mark mobilisation of 1,000 men under Tomás Mac Curtain

Tim Pat Coogan: “We should look at what the 1916 leaders wanted and what we got”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Historian says current Irish politicians lack the idealism of Rising leaders

Gardaí are awaiting confirmation from the army bomb disposal experts on whether the device was a viable explosive device capable of causing injury or death.

Residents of a number of houses in Mayfield evacuated as army make device safe

Annie Moore’s relatives Noel Brett, Tom Long, Eilish Brett, Lila Long and Frank Brett at her statue in Cobh. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

First person to pass through Ellis Island in 1892 a ‘bridge between Ireland and America’

Irish naval service personnel with cocaine seized from the Makayabella’. Photograph: PA

Wayne Bush part of outfit due to rendezvous with drugs yacht Makayabella, court hears

Eden apartments in Blackrock, Cork. Image: Google Streetview

Grant Thornton, receiver for Eden complex in Blackrock, put buildings up for sale

Courts Service says Clonakilty, 33km away, better placed to serve area

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Fianna Fáil),  the first woman to be elected in Cork South West, has been replaced  on  Cork County Council by Gillian Coughlan

Anti-Austerity Alliance yet to decide on whom to co-opt on to council to replace Mick Barry

Powerful St Patrick: The patron saint’s diet was rich in oily fish like salmon and trout while he would also have eaten, oats, seaweed, nuts and wild vegetables, soured and fermented milk and curds but little in the way of meat and full-fat cheeses and butter

Provisions that sustained patron saint in fifth century now the ‘hottest food trends’ globally

Container ships in Hamburg Port, Germany. The Port of Cork has invited tenders for the €100 million redevelopment of Ringaskiddy port, which would include the construction of a new container terminal to allow Cork to increase its container traffic business. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Project aims to increase container traffic business and ‘future-proof’ trade

Joe Higgins with AAA/People Before Profit TD Mick Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

AAA/People Before Profit TD spent almost 25 years campaigning for Cork issues

A hearse carrying the body of a baby boy who died at the Park Place apartment complex in Killarney on Sunday leaves the scene for  Kerry General Hospital. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Gardaí waiting to speak to child’s father who suffered a number of serious stab wounds

Martin McGuinness has re-iterated his commitment to Sinn Féin holding a commemoration later this year for the Irishmen who died in the first World War. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Deputy First Minister says it’s ‘only proper and right’ to honour sacrifice made by Irish

“Ballyhea says No” held its first protest on March 6th, 2011. The idea  stemmed from  what was happening in Ireland with the banks and elsewhere during the Arab Spring. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Marchers said the Irish should not be held liable for private debt of bondholders

“I am not in favour of banning foreign preachers but I am in favour of being very careful about bringing foreign speakers to speak to Muslims in Ireland,” said Shaykh Dr Umar Al Qadri (pictured). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Concerns raised over upcoming visit of radical Islamic preachers to Dublin mosque

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