Our new edition is pretty special; here’s a closer look inside
The January|February issue of Irish Country Magazine is in shops now, packed to the brim with inspiring interviews, stunning spring-style suggestions, lots of travel ideas for at home and abroad, and expert interior advice to breathe new life into your living space. Here are just a couple of the team’s highlights you can look forward to, plus, click here to subscribe and never miss an issue.
We are delighted to have comedic trailblazer Deirdre O’Kane as this month’s cover star. Deirdre speaks to Elle Gordon about kicking off her stand-up career in the male-dominated scene of the mid-1990s and paving the way for women to shine in the stand-up arena today. She discusses being ‘raised with funny’, the ever-evolving world of comedy, and how she is embracing her best chapter yet.
Travel Special: The Great Escape
We want to utterly inspire you with travel ideas for home and abroad. Whether it’s embracing the serenity and local charm of our beautiful island, or perhaps, you are keen to unearth hidden gems like the many historical lighthouses you can stay in around the country. Maybe you dream of sailing away to sunny France, (if so, you will love our piece on a Club Med 2 experience) or take note of our list of wonderful lesser-known cities and villages around the world that are guaranteed to be an adventure
Dear Gay: Letters to The Gay Byrne Show
In a very special extract from new book Dear Gay: Letters to the Gay Byrne Show, Suzy Byrne, daughter of iconic broadcaster Gay Byrne shares just some of the letters he received from listeners during his time at the helm of The Gay Byrne Hour and later, The Gay Byrne show. These letters are powerful, emotive, and sometimes hard to read, as we gain an insight into what an incredible voice he gave to Irish people and their struggles at a time when so many felt unheard. As Suzy aptly puts it, “They talked, he listened.”
The Invisible Struggle: Arthritis
In this award-nominated series, Niamh Devereux shines a light on the health conditions women all over Ireland are navigating. In this issue, the topic is arthritis. This impactful piece provides expert advice and hope to those who have had to learn to live with what can be a very difficult diagnosis.
Ways to Refresh Your Home
If you are anything like us, you’ll be currently looking around your home wondering what you can spruce. Check out our selection of soothing pink finds to give your home a lift, the paint colours we predict are going to be huge this year, and a beautiful photoshoot of a Co Kildare home that proves renting doesn’t have to mean a lack of interior design creativity.