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

Katherine O'Leary: I love to be rocking when the Boss takes to the stage
Katherine O'Leary
Music brings people together and Bruce Springsteen holds a special power to really connect with his audience, writes Katherine O’Leary.
Ask Miriam: ‘how do I keep the peace at my sister’s hen party?’
29 May 2024 Ask Miriam
Ask Miriam: ‘how do I keep the peace at my sister’s hen party?’
This week, Miriam hears from a bridesmaid who is worried about how to manage two friends-turned-foes at her sister's hen party.
Editorial: blooming inspiration
29 May 2024 Editorial
Editorial: blooming inspiration
For nearly six decades, the previous owners of our home nurtured and cared for our beautiful garden, and I feel we must continue their legacy, writes Ciara Leahy.
Ask Miriam: ‘can I ask my friend to help with petrol money?’
This week, Miriam hears from a reader who is wondering how to ask a friend to share costs on days out.
22 May 2024 Ask Miriam
Katherine O'Leary: 'if the infection is severe, an animal can lose their sight’
Monitoring is critical when there is a change in an animal’s diet, such as the move to grass. The next hurdle is preventing summer scour, writes Katherine O’Leary.
22 May 2024 Katherine O'Leary
Editorial: voting for who to represent us at European level matters
Your vote shapes our future in Europe. Make sure your voice is heard, writes Ciara Leahy.
22 May 2024 Editorial
Ask Miriam: 'I don't want to ask my sister-in-law to be godmother'
This week, Miriam hears from a reader who does not want to ask her husband's only sister to be their baby's godmother.
15 May 2024 Ask Miriam
Katherine O'Leary: my heart skips a beat when I see the lights on next door
Tolerance and respect are necessary to allow any relationship to flourish and I continue to work on them with my own family as we begin a new era, writes Katherine O’Leary.
15 May 2024 Katherine O'Leary
Editorial: the eyesore that is campaign posters
With many candidates declaring their commitment to sustainability and the environment, should we not be phasing out campaign posters, writes Ciara Leahy.
15 May 2024 Editorial
Editorial: WhatsApp group configurations
WhatsApp groups have become a sociological spectacle fusing all the different social permutations in your life, writes Ciara Leahy.
8 May 2024 Editorial
Magaret Leahy: the rain in Spain is not falling on the plains
We have too much rain while in Spain they have droughts. Irish growers are competing with Spanish imports and Spanish growers are competing with Moroccan imports, writes Margaret Leahy.
8 May 2024 Blog
Katherine O'Leary: ‘I first met my mother-in-law Lil, 46 years ago’
Lil O’Leary died this week at the age of 96. She will be fondly remembered by her family, her 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, writes Katherine O’Leary.
8 May 2024 Katherine O'Leary