European Union Finance Ministers Urge Greece to Speed Up Reforms

As European finance ministers gathered in Bratislava, Greece was back on the agenda on Friday. “The summer is over, pack up the camping gear,” the sprightly Dutch finance minister said, adding that time had already been lost over the summer in implementing the third Greek bailout. While European Union officials have stressed that alarm bells are not […]

Continue Reading

We Can’t Produce Apples in Ireland So the Supermarkets Are Laden with Apples From South Africa, New Zealand and France

Our supermarkets are laden with apples from South Africa, New Zealand and France because we cannot produce good apples in Ireland. To disprove this fallacy drop into the farm shop at Con Traas’ apple farm between Cahir and Clonmel where you are surrounded by 40 acres of the finest, blemish-free apples and plums hanging heavily […]

Continue Reading

Derek Scally’s Report – 600 Travellers Accused of Causing Chaos on Illegal Encampment

Let’s read the news. Have a look again at Derek Scally’s report. It is just that: a report. It is not an opinion piece. It tells a sorry story about 600 Travellers, accused of causing chaos on an illegal encampment beside the Rhine, shocking the town denizens with daylight brawls, blaring music, public urination, shoplifting […]

Continue Reading

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm near Lahinch for Camping

This article will introduce the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm near Lahinch. Smith is Ireland’s premier big-wave surfer who introduced the world to the Aileen’s wave off the Cliffs of Moher. He is transitioning from the lucrative realm of professional surfing to growing organic vegetables on a CSA farm. But what exactly is a CSA? At […]

Continue Reading

Approaching 60 and wanting a change, and then we moved to weird and wonderful Portland

The plane descended upon a million sparkling lights, each one potentially ready to shine into our lives. All was new and unfamiliar as we stepped forth into the great Pacific north-west. Oregon’s state motto is we “We Love Dreamers”. Myself and my wife Eileen dreamt of a new life, so in 2011 we moved from […]

Continue Reading

Scouts assist asylum-seekers adapt to life in Ireland

About 20 children seeking asylum in Ireland, who recently arrived in the country without their parents, were there to take part in an special Scouting Ireland access programme. They have heard the stories of conflict and seen the images of unrest on TV. But on a campsite in the Dublin mountains yesterday, a group of […]

Continue Reading