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Cork University Maternity Hospital is "severely understaffed", with an extra 59 midwives needed to reach the recommended staffing levels, according to The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The INMO claims that the health service has a "critical shortage of midwives" in each of the country's 19 maternity hospitals and units. A newly released INMO survey, carried...

Aer Lingus has moved to cancel four flights in and out of Cork Airport next Friday ahead of planned strike action by staff. The 6am flight from Cork to Amsterdam has been cancelled along with the 9.40am return flight. Also cancelled is the 7.35am service to Heathrow and the return 9.45am flight back to Cork from the London Airport. The 7am Cork to Gran Canaria flight has been postponed until...

A documentary on an inspirational Millstreet teenager born with no arms and legs is to be released in cinemas nationwide next month. The Irish Film & Television Network has confirmed that No Limbs No Limits: The Joanne O’ Riordan Story will be screened from Friday, April 11th with the IMC Cinema Group. The film premiered at the Opera House in October last year. 

Joanne is...

Nearly one in seven people sent to prison in Ireland last year were Cork residents. Figures published in the Irish Prison Service’s annual report for 2013 show that 15.3% of those committed to prison in 2013 had Cork addresses, while 27.6% gave Dublin as their place of residence and 7.9% said they were from Limerick. A total of 15,735 committals were recorded in 2013, a 7.6% drop on the...

Blessed ashes that burned the foreheads of parishioners at a County Cork church have been sent for testing. Ash Wednesday service at St Joseph’s Church in Newtownshandrum had to be abandoned following the incident, after 30 people who received a cross of ashes to mark the beginning of Lent, complained of a burning sensation. 

"I was alerted to the problem at the time of...

VCE chief financial officer Bob Taccini and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation pictured at the announcement at City Gate, Cork that the technology company VCE is to create 150 new jobs at its international headquarters in Cork. Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The announcement of 150 new jobs for Cork is said to be an indicator of Cork...

Roy Keane has been hailed as the most "compelling" soccer pundit on TV - by legendary sports presenter, Des Lynam.

Lynam, who was born in Ennis, Co. Clare, was the face of British sports for 30 years up to 1998, during which time he presented BBC favourites like Grandstand and Match of the Day.

During his long career, smooth-talking Lynam was widely regarded as the best...

Oil Painting by Bernard F Gribble of The Mary Stanford during the famous Daunt Lightship Rescue.

A former Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat that was integral in 122 life-saving missions during its 29-year lifespan is five weeks from being brought back to its rightful home, after languishing in Dublin’s Grand Canal dock for months. 

Ballycotton residents...

An English Market fishmonger who has secured an invite to Buckingham Palace has said he'll use the visit to promote Cork as a tourist destination. Pat O'Connell is to attend a reception with Queen Elizabeth II later this month, almost three years after he was photographed sharing a joke with the monarch by Valerie O’Sullivan. 

The iconic image of Mr O'Connell enjoying a joke...

Most people are aware that an exceptionally good violin - such as the well-known and distressingly expensive instruments of Stradivari - can set you back tens or hundreds of thousands or even, in some cases, a few million. The most valuable is called the Lady Blunt violin and is worth almost €20,000,000.

Few people, however, put much thought into the violin's life-partner, the bow...

Pictured at the launch of ‘Feed the City’, which will see 5,000 people enjoy a vegetarian curry absolutely free on Saturday, March 15th on the Grand Parade are the children of St. Mary’s on the Hill Primary School, Knocknaheeny. Picture: Clare Keogh  

Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley will serve as Grand Marshal for this year's Cork St Patrick's...

One of Cork’s newest festivals has won a prestigious national award. 

Just three years in existence, the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, based at Shandon, has been awarded one of the Irish Hotel Federation's top Gathering awards in the Best Arts and Culture category.

The festival, founded in 2012 to celebrate Cork born Mary Harris, who became known as “the most...

It's all taking off for a Cork businesswoman as she prepares to represent Ireland at the World Balloon Convention in the USA. Jenny Murphy of Ballincollig-based Red Balloon will travel to Denver in Colorado later this month to take part in a competition that will see her framing and blowing up more than 30,000 balloons from scratch in under 27 hours. The local balloon maestro is currently...

A state-of-the-art Cork building is up against an Antarctic research station for a world architecture award. Cork Institute of Technology's The Architecture Factory is one of five buildings from across the globe shortlisted in the Higher Education Institutions & Research Facilities category of the The Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards. The Architecture Factory is based in a former...

There are calls for An Post to expand its current product offering to meet the demands of those living in rural Ireland. Cork-based Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) deputy president and countryside spokesman Tim O’ Leary stated that while he welcomed Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte commitment that the Government will not close 557 post offices, more needs to be done to ensure...

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