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This year’s Golf Classic for Kinsale Lions Club will take place next month. Approximately 160 golfers will take part on Thursday, July 4th at Kinsale Golf Club in Farrangalway, with times still available for four-person teams. Golf, and a meal with wine will cost €300 per team with sponsorship of tees available for €50. For further details on tee times contact Tony Boland on...

Just one sugary drink a day increases your risk of diabetes by approximately one fifth, according to new research. Swap that afternoon cola for a bottle of water or sip herbal tea throughout the day to stay hydrated.

Soothing music can help premature babies to sleep better and feed faster, according to a new study. Researchers at the New York-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Centre for Children's Health discovered that pre-term babies fed better when lullabies were sung to them by their parents.

After 10 years away from the Cork stage, a local dancer is returning to Leeside for this year’s Midsummer Festival. Luke Murphy, who trained at the Legat Ballet School at St Bede's in East Sussex, England, and Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, is to premiere his new show Icarus at the Firkin Crane.

Now based in New York, Luke's latest show is a re-...

Two extra events have been announced for the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry next month. A free reading by poet Ken Taylor will take place on Tuesday July 9th while, due to demand, a second reading from author Deborah Levy - who was recently shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award - is set for Friday, July 12th. Levy will discuss her recently published essay, Things I...

A north Cork community has received over €145,000 for the major refurbishment of their community hall. Kilshannig received the funding from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, as part of the Leader Rural Development Programme 2007- 2013.

The hall will feature a new entrance hall, foyer, toilets, kitchen, office, dressing rooms, multi-purpose room and main hall.

A service working with families of children with autism is seeking to raise over €10,000 to furnish and equip two new OT rooms. To fund the additional supports at the centre, a team from the South Lee Autism Services at Marian House in Togher, which includes parents, is organisng a Colour-Me-Blue event for Friday, July 5th at the Market Tavern. Hair will be coloured on the night for the...

Blood donations are being hit by a "double whammy" this month with high emigration levels and the summer season resulting in a dramatic fall in numbers attending Cork clinics. That's according to Irish Blood Transfusion Service's donor recruitment manager for the southern area, Ann O’Donovan, who said that the recent warm weather saw a drop in the numbers donating: "Blood...

Experts have warned that Muslims with diabetes who choose to fast during Ramadan may be putting their health at risk.

More than 191,380 people in Ireland currently have diabetes – equating to 6.1% of the population. As of the most recent census, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) estimates there to be 49,204 Muslims in Ireland – a figure that shows a sharp increase over the...

Foroige’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme (BBBS) is currently looking for male and female volunteers. Ireland’s first youth mentoring programme matches a young person (10-18) with an adult volunteer mentor. The basic idea is that a friendship will form between the young person and adult volunteer mentor that will promote the positive development of the young person.

BBBS is...

Planning a summer attic clear out? A number of charities at Douglas Flea Market every Saturday will accept donations of goods to sell for a good cause. For further details email corkfleamarket@gmail.com or call 086 172 0688.

Members of Victor Richardson’s evening pastel classes at Douglas Community School and Carrigaline Community School are holding an exhibition of small pastel paintings at Tracton Community and Arts Centre, Minane Bridge, Cork on June 22nd and 23rd. Colours in a Box is a showcase of over 50 paintings by class members, who range in age from their late 20s to their 70s.

Tracton...

Cork Institute of Technology’s Soccer Club is hosting a Soccer Camp from July 1st to 5th at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Aimed at boys and girls of all standards between the ages of five and 12 years-old, the cost of the camp is €25 per child and it will run from 10.30am to 3pm each day.

There are limited spaces available so early booking is essential. The closing date...

Experts are predicting a sneezy summer for hayfever sufferers, after a colder spring resulted in a sudden start to the grass pollen season.

According to expert Dr Jean Emberlin, grass pollen counts high enough to trigger symptoms are now continuing into August, when previously the season typically ended by late July.

A new survey of 200 Irish adults by Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops...

Stroke outcomes in Cork – where 247 people died from the disease according to the latest annual figures – could be significantly improved if more people were willing to heed the Irish Heart Foundation’s (IHF) Act FAST call to action.

A survey carried for National FAST Awareness Week (June 10th-16th), showed that although public awareness of stroke warning signs has...

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