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

Katherine's Country: ‘the birth of every baby is special'
Katherine O'Leary
I am thrilled to introduce my new grandson – Peter O’Leary, writes Katherine O’Leary.
Editorial: cracking Christmas experiences on farms
6 December 2023 Amii
Editorial: cracking Christmas experiences on farms
From handpicking her Christmas tree to meeting the big man in red, Ciara Leahy kicks off the festive season with two farm experiences.
From 'Mart and Market' and live streaming livestock marts to a gingerbread farm
29 November 2023 Amii
From 'Mart and Market' and live streaming livestock marts to a gingerbread farm
At the Michael Dillon Memorial lecture, Mairéad McGuinness spoke about the legacy of 'cowjack' but there are similarities to her own career in agricultural journalism, writes Ciara Leahy.
Katherine's Country: Dairy day – a great day
“There is profit to be made, there has to be otherwise, we are out of business” writes Katherine O’Leary. An interesting Dairy Day inspired farmers with lively discussion and debate.
29 November 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Katherine's Country: Ricky gets croup
While her grandson Ricky is sick with croup, Katherine O'Leary takes the opportunity to teach him how to take tablets like a grown-up and the little boy succeeds.
22 November 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Reaching out and connecting at Christmas
How are you? A simple question, but one that you might be afraid to ask, because what do you say next if the answer is: "I'm struggling to cope," writes Ciara Leahy.
22 November 2023 Amii
Editorial: the return to work
It's been one month since I've swapped my sweatshirts for suits and returned to work but there are moments when my head hasn't caught up that my maternity leave is over, writes Ciara Leahy.
15 November 2023 Amii
Editorial: Irish wine making...yes you read that right
Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, we don't have the ideal conditions for wine making but that's not to say there aren't trailblazers in this area, writes Ciara Leahy.
8 November 2023 Blog
Katherine's Country: a wedding celebration
Lisa Murray and Ian Kelly celebrated their wedding recently - the reception was held in Kilronan Castle and everyone wished the lovely couple well, writes Katherine O'Leary.
8 November 2023 Katherine O'Leary
‘I have great memories from my own childhood and our children’s fun’
Trick or treating is all the rage now for Halloween. “We’ve all been sucked in” writes Katherine O’Leary.
8 November 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Editorial: When we listen, we learn
The power of listening is a talking point that came up again and again throughout the Women & Agriculture conference, writes Ciara Leahy.
1 November 2023 Amii
Katherine's Country: Women & Agriculture 2023
Katherine O’Leary reflects on how good it felt for her to be back amongst the Women & Agriculture attendees.
1 November 2023 Katherine O'Leary