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World Marathon Challenge - Antarctica

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision and is about to take on the World Marathon Challenge of 7 marathons, in 7 days, across 7 continents. Here, Sinead gives us an update on her departure to Antarctica, and her first meetings with her fellow participants.

Well, today I’m feeling more like an explorer now than a runner, mainly due to information I got this morning at a meeting with the Antarctica Logistics Team, which was very interesting! We were on standby from 7pm last night, and our departure was all dependent on the weather conditions. But we just got the go ahead, and are ab...

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World Marathon Challenge - Santiago, Chile

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision. Yesterday, Sinead departed Dublin Airport destined for Chile, via Madrid, to take on the World Marathon Challenge of 7 marathons, in 7 days, across 7 continents. Here, Sinead gives us an update on the first leg of her many flights.

Firstly, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind words leading up to my departure from Ireland yesterday afternoon. I’ve been so overwhelmed by all of the well wishes and messages on Twitter, especially after I spoke to Ryan on the Tubridy Show, and featured on RTE News last night! I just can’t b...

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Sinead Kane’s 7.7.7 World Marathon Challenge

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision. This January, Sinead will be taking on the World Marathon Challenge. Ahead of her departure to Chile on January 18th, we sat down with Sinead to hear what the race involves, and just what it was that inspired her to take part.

I was born blind, I didn’t choose it, but the most important thing is that I have a choice when it comes to how I live my life. I can either live it in a positive way, or I can live it in a negative way. If I think about the things that motivate me, then choosing to be visionary – rather than blind – is big factor. In ...

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Choose a Cross-Bred Rescue Dog

We asked practicing small animal vet and well known journalist Pete Wedderburn for his view on the best breed of dogs. Here’s what he had to say:

Pedigree breeds can be an excellent choice of pet, but as a vet, when I'm asked to recommend a breed of dog, I usually take a different view: my advice is often: "Choose a cross-bred rescue dog". By all means, look through the list of breeds to get some sense of the type of animal you'd like, but don't feel bound to choose a pedigree animal.

Ireland produces far too many dogs: every year, thousands of dogs are euthanased in local authority dog pounds because they're not wanted...

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Ellen Keane Enjoying a Normal Life Again

Since the Paralympics I guess you could say I am living a ‘normal’ life again. I’m back in college and got lucky with my timetable. I only have class on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this term which means four-day weekends! Immediately after the Games I got away for a week’s holiday in Gran Canaria with my boyfriend and that was a nice distraction because, as much as I wanted to be at home and soaking up all the post-Games celebrations, it probably would have been a bit of an anti-climax in one way. This way I didn’t feel any slump at all.

Before I went away myself and (discus medallist) Niamh McCarthy were on the...

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Looking After Your Pet This Halloween

This article has been written by Pete Wedderburn - one of Ireland's best known Veterinary Surgeon, Broadcaster, Author and Columnist.

Halloween may be fun for humans, but it’s genuinely terrifying for many pets. It’s up to us, as caring owners, to do our best to keep our pets safe, relaxed and comfortable.

Every year, at the end of October, peaceful autumn evenings across Ireland are disrupted by the sound of fireworks. Bangs, squeals and whines can be heard on the streets and in many back gardens. Fireworks may be part of traditional Halloween celebrations, but they are enough to drive many pets to distraction with fea...

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