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Family behind well-known hotel launch cookbook for Childline

Many families who are under lockdown are re-discovering the art of cooking – with varying degrees of success.

Now, the family behind the famous Gougane Barra Hotel in Ballingeary, Co. Cork have launched a cookbook in aid of Childline.

Chef Katy Lucey and daughters Jane and Ali hope that their book can help families enjoy time together as well as raise much-needed funds for children who are in need.

“Our homely recipes for brown bread, scones and vegetable soup have amassed a huge following on Facebook since I began posting them during the lockdown,” according to Katy.

“The video on making scones attracted a worldwide audience of 90,000 viewers including from places like Sydney, United Arab Emirates and the USA! It’s mad, but wonderful,” she said.

People across the globe are savouring a little piece of West Cork heaven.

“The bakers are sharing photos of their culinary efforts with us. They are really enjoying the whole experience,” according to Katy.

The e-cookbook with 17 recipes costing €7 is available on the Gougane Barra Hotel website. All proceeds to Childline.


Northern executive announces fresh hospice funding

The Nooth’s Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced £6.75 million (€7.74 million) for local hospices to support them with the current financial challenges they are facing.

Making the announcement, Mr Murphy said: “The care and support our hospices provide is truly inspiring.

“Our Hospices are there for people and their families when they need it most,” he said.

This support package includes:

£3.2 million for the NI Hospice including the Children’s Hospice;

£1.6 million for Marie Curie;

£1.1 million for Southern Area Hospice;

£600,000 for Foyle Hospice; and

£250,000 for Cancer Fund for Children.

Gardaí warn over parcel scam

Gardaí have warned against a scam targeting consumers is capitalising on the fact that more people are shopping online due to the current pandemic.

In this instance, a phishing email purporting to be from courier DPD has been sent to a customer claiming that the courier was unable to deliver a parcel. The consumer is then prompted to fill out a contact form.

However, according to the DPD website, there are a number of ways to identify a fraudulent email including; poorly written sentences, an impersonal greeting, or a vague email address.

Gardaí are warning people to be wary of links contained in emails requesting a small fee to resend the parcel which requires personal or financial details.

As is advised upon receiving similar emails, people are asked to contact the company directly, to not click on the link or provide any personal details, and to simply delete the email.