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Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick – the first book to be distributed in Bookseed programme

Babies as young as three months old will be given free books as part of a scheme to encourage parents to read to them, which begins in Limerick next m(...)

 Giana Ferguson,  of Gubbeen Cheese, has lived in west Cork for more than 40 years and is concerned   about the impact of border controls. Photograph: Emma Jervis Photography

Standing in the dairy of her 250-acre coastal farm in west Cork, Gubbeen founder Giana Ferguson ponders the future and, like so many other food produc(...)

The Time Traveller’s Bookshop in Skibbereen, Co Cork, began developing its online sales in  2006. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

If you want a rare first edition signed by the author, an ancient map, the letters of someone famous or even a long-lost pamphlet about your local par(...)

Fr Gerard Galvin, parish priest on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula,  will broadcast Christmas Day Mass via Youtube. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

Fr Gerard Galvin, who will hold a Christmas Day Mass in Durrus in west Cork that will be broadcast live on Youtube, believes that the Catholic Church (...)

From January, people living on the islands will receive special training in suicide prevention under an internationally recognised programme to help them spot a drift towards suicide in a neighbour or a friend. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s islands are remote places, but the communities that live on them are ones where neighbour helps neighbour. Even in these close-knit communi(...)