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The Retirement Planning Council is to hold multiple two day pre-retirement courses in Cork throughout 2014. Initially, as part of their Spring schedule, two courses will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel – the first on February 13th and 14th and the second on April 10th and 11th. More courses will take place throughout the year in the same venue.

Last year alone the...

Tax experts are urging PAYE workers to submit their tax refund applications since the Irish tax year ended on December 31st. The current average tax refund is as much as €880 for a PAYE worker.

While the rate at which tax relief can be claimed on medical expenses has been slashed from 41% back in 2008 to 20%, the relief is still available and can be claimed on most medical expenses...

With the deadline for CAO applications fast approaching, Griffith College has some advice for Leaving Cert students ahead of the big day.

Richard Murphy, School Liaison Officer for Griffith College says; “As the mocks inch closer one very important decision that’s often put to the back-burner is choosing where you want to go to college. The CAO deadline is only a few weeks...

A popular BBC TV science presenter and botanist is to talk plants at University College Cork later this month. James Wong, who trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London and whose award-winning TV show Grow Your Own Drugs became the UK's top-rated gardening series, is to deliver a free, public talk entitled Grow Your Own Way. The talk is specifically designed for those interested in...

Ireland’s leading baby swim school is starting their new term in February, offering fun, baby swimming classes, taught by world-class instructors. The multi award winning Water Babies programme teaches vital water confidence and safety skills from birth by teaching parents to teach their baby how to swim.

Husband and wife team Denise and David Ganly, who brought Water Babies...

Being a parent of a child with special needs can bring a great deal of joy and love, but also many challenges. Unfortunately, many parents are not fully aware of the serious financial and legal implications for a son or daughter with special needs.

A free information meeting addressing these challenges will take place on Wednesday evening, January 22nd from 7:30pm to 9pm in the Silver...

Age Action is encouraging older people in Cork to make it a New Year’s resolution to sign up to one of their specially designed computer training courses.

The national charity for older people has trained more than 16,000 older learners across Ireland since 2007. The courses are especially designed for older people who are using a computer for the first time and open to anyone...

Weekly art classes begin on Thursday, February 6th in the Crawford Art Gallery. Each session consists of a focused tour, time for tea and a chat, and a hands-on session (all materials supplied). Themes vary from week to week and no experience is necessary.

Limited places are available at €30 for 10 sessions (2pm to 4pm) and booking is essential on 021 4907862. Email...

Two-thirds of Munster households will review their family’s expenses to make savings in the New Year.

According to a new study by Aviva Health Insurance, Munster family household expenses under review this year include all direct debits (49%), their energy supplier (40%), and their level of private health insurance cover (40%).

Almost half of Munster households plan to make...

Over 800 calls to the National Consumer Agency’s Helpline in the last year related to gift vouchers and gift cards.

The types of queries included calls from consumers who had a gift voucher for a company that was going out of business or had closed down, calls related to terms and conditions of gift vouchers, problems with redress, misplaced cards/vouchers and unused balances on...

Going for Growth, an Irish programme which helps ambitious women entrepreneurs to grow their business, is launching a call out for women entrepreneurs in Cork to apply for its 2014 programme.

The business development initiative matches established women entrepreneurs and very experienced senior business executives, who have successfully grown businesses from small beginnings. Previous...

Express Medical offers treatment to patients for injuries and illnesses such as the Flu, ear infections, ear syringing, asthma attacks, sprains and cuts requiring stitches, providing a one-stop option for unscheduled, time-sensitive care at €35 standard consultation charge.

Since no appointment is necessary and a doctor is always on site, you can take comfort in knowing that great...

More than 17,000 people have signed up for an online jogging challenge designed to keep participants motivated through winter and spring. Jantastic 2014 is free, fun and really simple. Simply log on, set your own targets for January, February and March and stick to them by logging your runs. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, Jantastic can provide a structure and support...

Loved-up Corkonians now have the opportunity to pop the question at one of Cork’s most popular festive hot spots.

Cork On Ice Director Orla O’Neill says they have decided to offer the rink as a setting for proposals after noting a trend over recent years. “Skating is already seen as a romantic date-night out, so it’s a huge compliment to us when couples decide to...

Local artists, including Cork rapper GMC, are to work with a specialist autism team for Cork and Kerry next year for Autism Awareness Day. The focus of the initiative is to support children who are on the autism spectrum to express and celebrate their autism, with work being exhibited on Wednesday, April 2nd, in arts venues across the city. The artwork will take various forms - painting,...

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