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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...

Now that the summer weather has finally arrived, Dogs Trust Ireland has compiled six essential tips for dog owners all over the country to help their hounds beat the heat.

Keep your dog healthy and happy by following these tips:

• Keep him in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

• NEVER leave him in the car in warm weather, even if it feels cool outside...

The sixth annual Space Camp at Blackrock Castle Observatory (July 8th to 12th) is going to have an even bigger intergalactic twist.

This year the sessions will be longer and each Space Camper will take a journey to the Solar System and have a blast building and launching their own rockets.

The cost is €95 per child and a 10% discount applies for members‘ and one or...

 

The time has finally come to start making holiday plans and securing your home while you're away should be top of the list. Security expert Aaron Mooney of Action Security, has the following advice to help you enjoy your time away:

1. Avoid tell-tale signs: Empty bins and rubbish not going out on bin day are strong indicators no one is home. Ask a neighbour to use your...

Does your child enjoy working with computers and other gadgets? If so then the Summer Computers Camps offered by Niamh Barrett Computers could prove to be the best five days of the holidays.

The multi activity camps are for children aged between seven and 13 years and activities include creating multimedia slide shows and movies, designing and printing T-shirts and mugs, creating...

The National Consumer Agency (NCA) is celebrating the first year of its Money Skills for Life Programme, which provides free, independent, personal finance education to employees in their workplace. In the first year 9,545 employees have attended the one-hour talk in their workplaces nationwide, with 3,135 employees attending from the Munster area.

A survey of participants has revealed...

Nancy Poulain and John Fitzgerald at the launch of this summer’s Open Water Swimmer Challenge. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

This summer, hundreds of swimmers will take the plunge into Irish lakes as part of the Open Water Swimmer Challenge. A swim will take place at Gougane Barra on July 20th, with a warm cup of tea from sponsors Bewleys to help revive...

Mad Pride Ireland have launched a busy programme of events for Summer 2013. The Mad Pride Family Fun Day returns to Fitzgerald’s Park Cork City on Sunday June 9th and West Cork on Sunday June 16th in the Skibbereen Town Park, with both events running from 1pm to 5pm.

The focus of Mad Pride Family Fun Days is to engage the community through fun and laughter, thereby breaking down...

Cork Orienteering Club has launched a Summer Orienteering League to encourage people to try the sport. The events are suitable for all the family, irrespective of fitness levels. Beginners are welcome, with experts on hand at each event to show participants the ropes. The league runs every Tuesday evening until July 23rd in a different forest or park in and around Cork city and county each...

Funding of €105,750 has been granted for a new pedestrian, cycling and wheelchair access bridge at Millstreet in Co. Cork. The announcement by Minister of State, Michael Ring has been welcomed by long-distance walkers, hikers and local businesses in the area.

“The bridge will act as a link on the Beara Breifne walking route which stems all the way from Cork to Cavan and takes...

Spice Girl Melanie C is inviting wannabe specs wearing superstars in Cork to compete for the Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2013 title and a holiday to St Lucia.

Melanie has teamed up with Specsavers Cork and anti-bullying charity Kidscape to bring specs wearers into focus at the Oscars of the glasses world.

Melanie says: "I’ve had to wear glasses or contacts since...

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced that his Department is inviting submissions from interested or knowledgeable parties on the microchipping of dogs.

The Minister recently announced plans to introduce a programme to microchip all dogs in the country. As the Animal Health & Welfare Bill has now been passed by both Houses and will shortly...

Robert and Andrew Cremin with Peter and Simon Martin getting ready for the launch of Summer Bay at Mahon Point, opening daily for the summer holidays with Summer Camps available throughout July. Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

Ireland’s first indoor beach adventure will open in Cork at the end of June. Established by Cool Running Events, in conjunction with...

Volunteers Rory O’Neill, Barra O’Leary, Agata Bialek and Elzbieta Czech are calling on Polish migrants and Corkonians alike to join them in this year’s Cork City Marathon to raise much needed funds to support addiction recovery programmes for Polish migrants in Cork with aim to promote a healthy and sober lifestyle.

Polish Volunteer Groups, Together-...

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