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Summer School has begun at the UCC Language Centre, aimed at students whose first language is not English.

Participants have flocked from all over the world to improve their English in the beautiful surroundings of UCC. Students can register for a minimum of two weeks or up to a maximum of ten weeks, starting on any Monday. A promotion offering offering students 20% off all course fees...

The Health Service Executive is being called on to address patterns of staff absenteeism, with figures released this week falling short of the national target.

The statistics published as part of the HSE Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2012 showed rates of absenteeism have reduced from 5.76% in 2008 to 4.79% in 2012. However, with a target of 3.5% set, the HSE stated it is...

This weekend Kinsale plays host to the Kinsale Arts Festival, a unique, vibrant event with an eclectic and fun-filled programme. For nine action-packed days, the town of Kinsale has been transformed into a hub of theatre, music, literature, dance, food, film, contemporary art and family events. 

Some of the highlights of this year's festival will include the ‘Come Home for...

The NSC Campus in Cork is to play host to expert speakers Bill Liao and Shemas Eivers on Monday, July 8th for their monthly Lunch n’ Learn event. 

Eivers, of the Boole Investment Syndicate, will explain the preparation that companies need to do in order to maximise investment opportunities. The Boole Investment Group is a Cork-based group of like-minded investors in new...

Cork GAA stars Ken O’Halloran, Pa Cronin, Patrick Horgan, Anthony Nash and Shane O’Neill swung their support in favour of golf to launch the annual Lee Valley Golf Classic in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research. Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

After being rained off last month, the Lee Valley Golf Classic will not be ‘putt’ off with the...

Hopes of a scorching summer have been dashed, after meteorologists predicted July and August would be "cooler than normal".

Long-range forecasters believe temperatures in the next couple of months will be slightly below the seasonal average, meaning mercury levels will rarely rise above 20C.

However, experts said the summer washouts of previous years won't be repeated,...

Forget the French connection, what about the Cork one? An upcoming free conference at UCC will celebrate Cork’s involvement with the wider world over the course of the last 10,000 years. 

The open conference will take place at UCC Geography Bulding on July 6th and will feature six lectures given by specialists in archaeology, genealogy, history and literature. 

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The fourth year of UCC 98.3FM's successful Radio Camp just might turn you into a broadcasting professional.

Running for the month of July from Monday to Friday each week, beginning at noon and ending at 5pm, the summer-camp style introduction to the world of radio is aimed at 14-17 year olds who have a general interest in broadcasting and music and will allow them to experience...

Singer Lisa Hannigan (above), who made a name for herself as the vocal partner of Damien Rice, is to perform at this year’s Coughlan’s Live Music Festival this autumn. The Dublin musician will join Wallis Bird, Cathy Davey, Fred, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, John Blek & The Rats and O Emperor, for five days of music at the Douglas Street bar, from Thursday...

The payment of the Local Property Tax (LPT) is causing concern for local separated couples.

With the Central Statistic Office recording 195 applications for separation in Cork in 2011, of which 132 were granted, tax expert Darren Byrne of Taxback.com revealed that in the past three months, a “significant number” of individuals received a notice of estimation of a LPT...

A 49m year-old beetle from Germany

A University College Cork geology expert is currently showcasing her research on solving palaeontology’s biggest mystery. Looking at the colours of ancient animals, the team led by Dr Maria McNamara, who hails from Clonmel and is a lecturer in Geology in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC, is one of...

Two Cork companies are to provide an ambulance for relief work in Niger. Healthcare solutions provider, Novartis and training firm, Chris Mee Safety Engineering (CMSE) are donating the vehicle to Plan Ireland- the child-centered community development organisation working in 50 developing countries across Africa.

The ambulance, once part of the Health & Safety team at Novartis...

The deadline date for parents to express interest in their patron of choice for a new second-level school in Carrigaline is due in the coming days. Details of the new co-educational, non-fee paying 500-student secondary school were announced in May, and it is one of two planned for Cork for 2016. The second is a 1,000-student school in Carrigtwohill/ Midleton. The Department of Education has...

A North Cork service providing for children and adults with intellectual disabilities is to benefit from an annual race event. St Joseph’s Foundation in Charleville, which has seen its respite care for children “severely curtailed” due to funding in recent times, will be the beneficiary of the 26th Greyhound Benefit Meeting tomorrow, Saturday. This year’s event takes...

“It feels like I’m coming back to my roots," says acclaimed Irish artist Chára Nagle ahead of her upcoming show in Castletownshend. "I spent a lot of time in West Cork as a child.” 

Famed for her stunning equine portraiture, the Cork-born, Dublin-based NCAD graduate has chosen a total of 11 breathtaking pieces, some up to 10ft tall, to be...

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