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An organisation campaigning for a more humane penal system has expressed concern that the practice of ‘slopping out’ will continue at Cork Prison until the new facility is built.

Construction work on a new building immediately adjacent to the existing facility is expected to commence in October. It will house 275 prisoners and have a maximum capacity for 310.

However...

More than 100 prisoners were out on temporary release from Cork Prison on a daily basis last year, the second highest average in the country. According to statistics released in a report from the Irish Prison Service (IPS) this week, 134 prisoners were on temporary release in Cork, while there were 165 on average from Mountjoy.

The report revealed that in the 252-bed capacity prison in...

Joseph Blake and Murphy from Trace Missing Persons Ireland, who outlined that while children are often warned against getting into cars with strangers, it’s important to talk openly on other strategies to minimise risks. 

An organisation that uses trained cadaver dogs to help search for the remains of missing people has called for more education for children...

Scoil Mhuire Kanturk perform as part of the Composers In the Classroom programme as part of the Cork International Choral Festival at the Millenium Hall, Cork City Hall. Picture: Clare Keogh

Plans are already in place to grow the Cork International Choral Festival further next year, after the event attracted 35,000 people into the region last week. The prestigious event...

Cork-based photographer Ivan Begala snapped up the top prize in a wedding photography competition organised by national wedding magazine Confetti.

The Italian photographer, who has been living in Ireland for seven years, has had his work published in local and national newspapers and recently decided to fully embrace his passion, opening his own photographic studio in the IDA Business...

Breaking the Guinness world record for the largest Ring a Ring o' Roses ever made turned out to be child’s play for a Cork charity. Earlier this week, 1,010 people took part in the Cork City Hospitals Children's Club (CCHCC) organised event at Wilton Shopping Centre, by joining hands and completing a full circle of the building while singing the famed nursery rhyme. Those who took part...

Gail Henry, RTE Lyric FM, Sophie Creaner and adjudicator Richard Deering.

A Cork musician has won the senior instrumental award in a prestigious national competition. Sophie Creaner scooped the top prize in her category at the Sligo Feis Ceoil, which was sponsored by RTÉ Lyric FM.

It comes after the Cobh clarinet player joined an elite succession of actors...

The 65th anniversary of the Palestinian "Day of the Catastrophe" will be marked next week in Cork. Irish travel writer, Dervla Murphy and Palestinian activist and co-founder of the Palestine Solidarity Project, Mousa Abu Maria, will take part in a public conversation on Wednesday, May 15th at the Gresham Metropole Hotel from 8pm for Nakba Day- meaning 'catastrophe'- to commemorate...

Model and make-up artist Liz Desmond (28) is through to the third round of The X Factor. She lives in Aherla with her grandfather, Larry.

“I usually get up about 9am. When I was working in Brown Thomas I needed to be up much earlier as I had to fight early morning traffic. I’m an absolute carb junkie, and I commit ‘carbacide’ every morning with skull loaf- not...

Bealtaine Festival encourages older people to engage with Cork's cultural scene.

Cork’s own Dustbusters Orchestra will open this year's Bealtaine festival when they perform at the launch of Art By Us, an exhibition of artwork created by local craft groups.

The Dustbusters, who formed after meeting at Blow the Dust Off your Trumpet, a project where older people were...

Over 200 people are expected to attend a carnival-themed fundraiser at the Cork Vision Centre later this month. The event, Cirque Du Bop on Friday, May 31st, is in aid of the Belarus Orphanage Project (BOP), which was established to help meet the needs of children and adults in institutions and orphanages in Minsk, Belarus.

Organised by Lorraine O'Connell, she outlined how she travelled...

University College Cork has been ranked among the world’s top 200 institutions in 10 of its subject areas. The release of the third edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject this week shows that law, modern languages and biological sciences at UCC performed exceptionally well and are featured in the top 100 institutions worldwide for the first time,...

Pictured at the launch are event speakers and participants Mick O’Driscoll, Home Instead, Community Garda John O’Connor and Phil Goodman  from Young at Heart. Picture: Gerard McCarthy

Free community events to address the issues facing senior citizens are to get underway in Cork. Senior Safety Information will feature talks from Noeleen Cronin and Mick O...

The Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre has been officially opened at Cork University Hospital. The Daffodil Centre, which is run by Irish Cancer Society Cancer Information Service Nurses and trained volunteers, is an information service on-site in the hospital, where people affected by or concerned about cancer can receive information and support.

It comes as a result of a partnership...

Pictured at the Weir in the Regional Park during filming of the Nationwide TV programme on Ballincollig is Manus O'Callaghan, Emer Cassidy, Anne Cassin and Jim O'Leary. Picture: Ailish Murphy.

Ballincollig is to be showcased in an upcoming programme of RTÉ's Nationwide. To be transmitted on Friday, May 31st, the show’s presenter Anne Cassin will visit...

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