Olive 	McCarthy pictured with her children Christopher (2), Anna (six months) and William (3), on Sherkin Island, off west Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ireland’s Islands is a continuing ‘Irish Times’ series on our offshore islands The births of six babies on Sherkin and Hare islands, off west Cork, i(...)

Sarah Claxton grew up on a farm and always loved the idea of farm work, but she was discouraged from following her father into the business on the grounds that it wasn’t financially prudent. Photograph: Mary Browne

As Leaving Cert students prepare to collect their results this week, increasing numbers will be hoping to bag a place on an agriculture or food course(...)