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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Some days I have to go hungry to feed my children

HERE is just one example of the kind of heart rending letters received each week by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Mallow (edited). Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to you for help in paying my electricity bill and also I would like fuel for the winter.

I live in a rented house that has no central heating, only an open fire. I have a family to support and some days I have to go hungry to feed my children.

I never got the back to school allowance and the school books were all changed this year.

The books cost €150 and clothes cost €150 also.

Please help me, I have never asked for help before.

Thanking you.

Why not plant a long-lived tree? 

Andrew Collyer - Practical Gardening March 5 to 12 was National Tree Week. This is an awareness week organised by the Tree council of Ireland to promote all things trees. It has been an annual event since 1985 and should be embraced and celebrated with gusto in my opinion. Where the National tree week really becomes valuable is in schools where the education of the young in tree importance will hopefully produce a generation of responsible environmentally aware adults in the future.

Getting creative about a better quality of life 

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Do animals feel grief after suffering loss of someone 

Peter Wedderburn - Animal Doctor Both of my parents have passed away in the last year: they were both elderly, and had enjoyed long and fruitful lives, so there was much to be thankful for. The experience of losing them has taught me a direct personal lesson about grief. This must be one of the deepest emotions felt by humans, and I am often asked if animals experience the same feeling when they lose a close friend, whether a human owner or a fellow animal companion.

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