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Born in London to Cork parents, Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy (second right) retained his accent when he moved to Leeside in the 1960s to work as a butcher, earning him the nickname. File photograph: Irish Examiner

It’s not every day that a crematorium heaves to the sound of dancers spinning around in a polka but then there was nothing ordinary about the send-off(...)

Rockchapel postmaster Henry Keogh: “We are sick of reports. The reports are only ever ignored.”  Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The decision by An Post to close local sorting offices in parts of north Cork and to centralise operations has already led directly to post office clo(...)

According to Rockchapel, Co Cork, postmaster Henry Keogh, the decision by An Post to consolidate mail sorting for Rockchapel at a new centre in Boherbue will threaten post office’s viability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“The saddest thing about this is that over the last 100 years or more, the post office supported a family here – my grandmother was one of a family o(...)

Germany Rose Kari Foss onstage in the Festival Dome during TV Rose of Tralee Selection on Monday night. “This is not, as the Germany Rose said, ‘a beauty pageant’ – an attorney who also produced a vaguely unintelligible rap for her ‘party piece’.”  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

We were at least 40 minutes into this year’s Rose of Tralee, from de Dome in Tralee, before one of the 35 dewy-lipped contestants, who had made it thr(...)