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Holidays in Bandon

So the summer has flown and this week is a frenzy of finishing up work, packing and getting ready for our hols. We’re leaving Bandon for Espana for a couple of weeks. Whilst we’re gone, my brother, his wife and their three fabulous daughters shall be using our gaff as a base for their West [...]

Courtmac to Timoleague 10km Road Race

The 4th annual Courtmacsherry to Timoleague 10km road race is taking place on Friday 24th of June 2011 at 8pm. We ran-jogged-jogged very slowly this race last year and it was a really nice run. Its a very flat course which basically starts in Courtmac, follows the path on the water’s edge to Timoleague and [...]

Keep on Running

Last December’s Clonakilty half marathon was  good fun. Despite the morning being freezing, the atmosphere at the startline  was brilliant with music playing, runners looking forward to the off and plenty of supporters about. The run itself was enjoyable with a few hills to keep me on my toes and plenty of scenic views to [...]

If you go down to the woods today

It looks like the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation (INFF) have lined up 2 fun family Hallowe’en activity days at INFF, Manch, which is located just outside Ballineen, Co. Cork. Running on both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of October from 10am to 5pm. photo credit: shawncampbell Hallowe’en events are as follows: Pumpkin Olympics Come and [...]

Fun in the sun in Cork

We had good fun at the Street Performance World Championship last year and are hoping to head into Cork en famille to enjoy it again this year. Breakdancers, clowns, jugglers, comedians, dancers, magicans, contortionists, games, face painting. a playground and much much more. There is also an extensive range and variety of food stalls so [...]

Shocked and stunned

Yesterday, I dropped my battered, old Zafira into the garage to have the brake pads and coolant system checked as had been getting the ominous scrapping sound on braking and a flashing warning coolant light on the dashboard. photo credit: cosmic_spanner When I collected the car a few hours later to pony up the dosh [...]

Super Skateboarding Shop

photo credit: Manu – mars Myself and Oscar headed into Cork this morning on the advice of his mate Cian. Both the boys are hugely into skateboarding at the moment and its fabulous to see such enthusiasm. The purpose of this visit to Tubes on Cook Street was to purchase new trucks for Oscar’s skateboard. [...]

Bubble Brothers announce new Wine club

photo credit: lostash Starting on the 28th of January in Blackrock Castle, the wine club shall meet on the last Thursday of every month (excluding July and December) from 7.30pm till 9.30pm. The  inaugural meeting will be hosted by Champagne’s own Mlle Valérie Ravillon in a champagne masterclass. Six champagnes shall be tasted and she’ll [...]

Life is too short to drink boring wine

Over the Christmas break, I finally managed a sneaky visit to Karwig wines in Carrigaline. Its not the easiest place to find, as I’m not that familiar with Carrigaline, but I diligently followed the directions on their website and arrived without too much hassle. Joe Karwig, originally from Bremen in Germany, arrived in Cork over [...]

First Aid Course for Parents

Recently Sibéal, our carnivore aged 5, was chomping on some steak as is her wont, when she started going very red in the face and making a godawful noise. She was choking and we needed to do something asap. Its been 10 years since I did a first aid course,  shortly after Oscar was born, [...]

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