Kerry students take on sticky subject to win EPA prize

A pair of secondary school students from Kerry chose a sticky subject to win this year’s The Story Of Your Stuff competition, hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Amber Pomeranz and Lauren Lehane, transition year students at Presentation Secondary School in Milltown, near Killarney, teamed up to tell the story of chewing gum — from its history to how […]

Children in poorer areas more negative about school

Migrant children and those from disadvantaged areas start primary school significantly earlier than others and do not settle as well, significant new research shows. The average ages at which all children begin school has been increasing significantly over the past two decades, but almost half have started junior infants by age four-and-a-half according to the long-running Growing up in Ireland […]

Oily fish while pregnant can help children stay at a healthy weight

Women who eat oily fish while pregnant may help their unborn children maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives. APC Microbiome Ireland, together with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, found a mother with more omega-3 fat in her body may produce children with healthy guts. Before the study was undertaken little was known about how a mother’s omega-3/omega-6 ratios […]

70% rise in treatment for cocaine since 2012

Treatment for cocaine use has surged with numbers jumping by 70% in the past four years. Health Research Board statistics reveal that cases have risen to record highs in the last two years. HRB treatment data also shows that cases of homeless people presenting for treatment have almost doubled and that abuse of benzodiazepines (tranquilisers) continues to rise. The drug […]

Cork Harbour tours to make waves

A man who dipped his toe in the adventure boat business after beating cancer hopes to create waves with his new Cork Harbour tour-boat venture linking the city to Cobh. Ocean Escapes co-founder, Andrew O’Riordan, 30, said he hopes the new business which sets sail tomorrow, and which offers a return rail-link option, will encourage more people to experience the […]

210 days to Christmas… An Post says put your stamp on it

All ready for Christmas? No? Hardly surprising, considering that it isn’t even officially summer yet. But that hasn’t deterred the far-sighted folk of An Post from launching a poll asking the Irish public to have their say on what Christmas moments they would most like to see on the 2018 Christmas stamps. Just in case we were too busy slathering […]