Our writers and bloggers comment on the latest news and life in rural Ireland.

Katherine’s Country: the satisfaction of a beautiful, busy day on the farm
Katherine O'Leary
The important decisions on the farm very often start with the all-important grass walk, writes Katherine O’Leary, as she pops along for the ride
24 May 2023 Ask Miriam
Struggling to cope with a family falling-out
Dear Miriam, I am looking for advice on how to manage a family falling-out.
24 May 2023 Amii
Editorial: Policy vying for a better world without a sting in the tail
In fairy tales, a happy ending is expected but a positive outcome is often not the case in the real world. Beware the law of unintended consequences writes Amii McKeever
Readers respond to the search for Mr Right
Two readers share their advice in response to a recent letter about the struggle to find “Mr Right”.
17 May 2023 Ask Miriam
Katherine's Country: my life has completely changed
As she faces into several difficult rounds of chemotherapy, Katherine O'Leary has stopped crying and is determined to get the job of recovery done.
17 May 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Love of the land is a positive force, but ...
Farmers will do everything in their power to ensure their land is passed on to the next generation in good fettle, but the pace of change coming is potentially frightening.
17 May 2023
‘I hate the painting my in-laws bought us’
Dear Miriam, my in-laws bought us a painting for our new home, but I hate it.
10 May 2023 Ask Miriam
Editorial: the prioritisation great trade-off
Between hard-wired perceptions, societal expectations and the pure limitations of time, Amii McKeever believes it reasonable to suggest that neither sex can truly have it all.
10 May 2023 Amii
Katherine’s Country: death by suicide is always a heartbreak
In the wake of Darkness into Light 2023, Katherine O'Leary remembers Joe Parlon (RIP) from The Leap, Roscrea, who was taken far too young and too soon.
10 May 2023 Katherine O'Leary
'How can I support my friend who is dealing with addiction in her family?'
Dear Miriam, my friend is struggling with her son's addiction; how can I support her?
3 May 2023 Ask Miriam
Editorial: Further education and research need to have an impact
Gathering data on death can seem cold. People are not statistics. But without data, policies to reverse the trajectory of farm accidents will not happen.
3 May 2023 Amii
Katherine's Country: end of season and Dublin delights
A break is a good idea after the busy calving season. Katherine O'Leary and husband Tim recently headed to Dublin for a welcome break.
26 April 2023 Katherine O'Leary