Food fit for a queen
BORD Failte has teamed up with Cork's 18th-Century English Market to offer a culinary experience fit for a queen.
Market traders will work with Bord Failte and Irish hotels, pubs and restaurants to exploit the enormous interest in foodstuffs sold at the facility following the hugely successful visit by Queen Elizabeth II three years ago.
The campaign is aimed at offering tourists an 'English Market Food Experience' to build on the profile offered to local foodstuffs by the visit of the British monarch. Amongst the products involved are Pat O'Connell's fish, Tom Durcan's spiced beef and Hedderman's smoked foods.
THE number of Irish people suffering from dementia is set to increase by more than 300pc by 2042.
The revelation came as a Cork college is offering a special course to help those dealing with dementia to better understand a condition which already affects 42,000 Irish people.
University College Cork (UCC) said the course, which runs for six weeks, will offer an alternative look at the biology of the condition, how it hits people and how best to assist sufferers.
Council cleans up
CLARE has claimed victory in the battle against dog fouling on local beaches.
The Ennis council said special audio devices that encourage owners to clean up any mess left by their pets have had a dramatic impact on the problem. The devices operating at Kilkee and Lahinch beaches are being credited with a 50pc reduction in the problem at Kilkee and a near 60pc success rate at Lahinch. Fines can reach €3,000.
Red Kettle lifeline
WATERFORD has launched a campaign to ensure the award-winning Red Kettle Theatre company is saved.
Red Kettle confirmed last week that it was starting the liquidation process. The move came after the theatre company's funding had been slashed over recent years, dropping from €226,000 to €145,000 in five years.