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Nestled between the vast expanse of World War II and the shock and horror of VietNam, the Korean War is sometimes overlooked. It was a bitter and bloody conflict, which has left political scars on the Korean peninsula which ache to this day. Its legacy is bitter division betwen Seoul and Pyongyang, violent flare-ups between North Korea - ruled by the insane and despotic Kim dynasty - and...

Cork's resurgent tourism sector is set to end the season on a high, after organisers of the Guinness Jazz Festival predicted their busiest weekend in years.

Hoteliers, publicans and restaurant owners are anticipating a €20 million windfall at this year's festival, with up to 40,000 revellers expected to flock to the city over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

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Buttimer: "we must take Ebola seriously"

Preparations for tackling Ebola must be stepped up, according to the Cork TD chairing the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children. Jerry Buttimer outlined that while Ireland is low risk, the nation needs to take the threat seriously: "I think it's important that we are prepared nonetheless, and that there are protocols...

Twenty jobs have been created with the opening of a new Aldi in Glamire. The Hazelwood Avenue store is the 17th Aldi in Cork and brings the total number of branches of the discount supermarket chain in Ireland to 112. Speaking at the store opening, manager of Aldi’s Glanmire store Cliona Marten stated: “We are delighted to open our new Glanmire store and look forward to welcoming...

Cork schools are being urged to take part in the fourth Waltons Music for Schools Competition, with the Rebel county showing star quality in previous years. Last year, Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy and Lisheen National School, Skibbereen were finalists while in 2013, Kilbrittain National School won first prize in the Primary Schools category. "...

Additional bus services are to serve Ballincollig on weekday mornings in a bid to boost capacity during peak travel times. From Monday, October 20th, Bus Éireann will add four new services on Route 220 and 233 from EMC in Ballincollig to the city centre via Carrigrohane Road. These services will operate Monday to Friday and will depart Ballincollig West at 7.45am, 8.15am, 8.45am and 9....

Barrack Street businesses are preparing for the complete reopening of the historic area, after being crippled by ongoing renovation works in recent times. Phase two of the Barrack Street upgrade- running from Reed’s Square Junction to Noonan Road Junction- is expected to be fully completed by next weekend. A spokesperson in the Roads Design and Construction department...

An inaugural west Cork festival celebrating diversity takes place this weekend, with hopes that it will grow into an annual event. The Multi Cultural Festival of West Cork, supported by the West Cork Development Partnership, is the first of its kind in the area and opens tonight, Friday at 6.30pm with international dancing and live music on Wolfe Tone Square in Bantry. Tomorrow,...

Online searches for hotels in Youghal are up 133% compared to the same period last year as Irish people search for staycations in the Rebel County. According to the September Hotels.com hotlist, Irish people are also seeking a fairy-tale getaway as searches for French destination Magny-Le-Hongre are up 326%. Other French...

A Cobh sculptor who is to create a bronze life-size statue of Sonia O'Sullivan is competing in a worldwide competition highlighting the very best of the artform. James McLoughlin is currently in Dongyang, China, for an international woodcarving and sculpture competition organised by the World Crafts Council; China Arts and Craft Association; and the International Wood...

Several of the country's sporting elite will be graduating from University College Cork within the next fortnight.

Billy Woods, former Cork City footballer and current first team coach with Cork City, is being conferred with a BEd Sports Studies & Physical Education on Wednesday, October 22nd while Brian Kelly, who played in goal on Kerry's All Ireland-winning football team this...

A day-care centre that caters for 82 older people a week and has a dedicated day for those with dementia is to hold an open day next week. Established in 2001 and located on Sheare’s Street, the SHARE Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre Open Day will have several activities of interest for older people running on the open day- Wednesday, October 22nd from 11am...

Three Cork schools have been nominated for short film awards at the 10th FÍS Film Festival. Students from Ahiohill National School, Enniskeane; Barryroe National School, Lislevane, Bandon; and Carrigaline Educate Together National School are among 24 schools whose film projects were chosen from over 100 entries. Entries are judged on imagination and ...

An Irish film company is to bring Hollywood to Ireland with a new gangland movie to be filmed in Cork next summer. Two Hollywood actors are lined for the Hawthorn Film Productions Ireland film Control, US based screen legend Joe D'Onofrio (Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale) and Robert Arensen who appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and Acedia. The pair will team up...

The mother of a young Cork girl who's set to have pioneering US surgery next week that could help her walk again has said her daughter will now be getting the "life she deserves". Seven-year-old Katie Byrne from Cobh, who suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy- meaning she cannot stand or walk independently- is due to have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation...

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