Deirdre has a degree in Law and European studies from the University of Limerick. She previously worked for Irish Aid and the Galway Independent and contributed to national newspapers including the Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and the Irish Daily Mail.
She has been editor of the Cork Independent and corkindependent.com since 2009. She is a regular contributor to Newstalk Breakfast and Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3.
Deirdre is currently working on a Simon Cumbers Media Fund grant-aided comparative project on women in politics in Rwanda and Ireland.
The strains of U2’s Bloody Sunday poured into the auditorium of the Everyman Palace Theatre as we watched the deposed King Richard II engage in a dirty protest in his Tower of London cell.
A man died in a Rathcormac house fire last night
In LGBT awareness week, it's time to remember that words do hurt
Traditional images of the health spa have largely been replaced by Celtic Tiger era superspas, full of Japanese gardens and hard-to-pronounce treatments.
The special days of people throughout Cork - and beyond - are featured here. Thanks to our readers for sharing their wedding days with us.
With the weather getting just a little bit warmer - finally - it's time for salad days again! If you're sick of the same old combinations of wilted iceberg lettuce, unripe tomatoes and coleslaw, start getting a bit adventurous with your salads. Best of all, the ingredients don't have to cost a fortune. This middle-Eastern influenced salad is tasty and filling and is the perfect lunch. Halloumi is a very salty middle-Eastern cheese that is best grilled and served warm - if you don't like it, you can substitute with some finely sliced, grilled chorizo sausage.
If you are planning on using fake tan this summer the golden rule is prepare the skin to avoid unsightly patches. Cork brand Bia Beauty’s award winning Detox Body Scrub is the perfect body exfoliant to eradicate dry, dead skin cells and product build-up leaving skin silky smooth and ready for the tanning process. Detox Body Scrub was the only Irish brand to win an Irish Tatler Beauty Award as featured in their May issue.
Cork-based company Stonewell Cider was part of the launch last week of the Dingle Food Festival which takes place every year in West Kerry. It's a fun weekend with the streets of Dingle packed with local food and drink producers eager to show off their wares. Show up with an empty belly and a full wallet and you won't be disappointed.
A dawn chorus makes the world just a little different for one day
We constantly talk about the weather in Ireland, but this time it really is a matter of life and death
I was recently discussing two job offers a career coaching client of mine was weighing up, which were similar enough on paper but differed greatly in terms of the focus of the respective companies. This was highly relevant as the roles were in business to business field sales of a technical nature with likely future progression to sales management. Both were covering similar local territories and the remuneration packages were within a few thousand of each other with sales target bonuses adding to the attraction. This example would be of interest to job seekers, sales managers and business owners who have something to sell in a competitive situation.
A woman died this week whose impact on all of our lives is pervasive, decades after her rule ended. Margaret Thatcher was an iconic figure in world politics and her influence on how society functions and in particular how the financial industry conducts itself, lives on. The 2008 financial collapse, and its ongoing effects on all of us today, is the best reminder of what Thatcher's legacy of financial deregulation means in the real world. However, her death changes nothing.
Software company Digital Crew is seeking to expand its team.
Nash 19 Restaurant and Food Shop, Princes Street has been included in this year’s 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland.
Understanding autism... in the words of 12 year old Fionn Hamill.
The name of Sheen Falls alone conjures up an image of peace and tranquillity, interrupted only by the sound of water rushing over rocks. This haven of peace and luxury, located just outside Kenmare, is the perfect spot for a one night break that will really get you away from it all, writes Deirdre O’Shaughnessy
Deirdre O'Shaughnessy looks at the irony that mortgage defaults may cause the implementation of an affordable childcare system in this country.
There are a few sporting fixtures that really capture the imagination and I must say that on a Cork level some of the most anticipated every season are the clashes of Cork Constitution and Dolphin. The two clubs are steeped in history, pride and rugby excellence and this derby has been alive since 1902.
Sunway Managing Director Tanya Airey is the third generation in her family to run the travel agency. She tells Deirdre O'Shaughnessy about family businesses, ash clouds and the impact of the internet
Cork Sexual Violence Centre is marking 30 years of serving Cork with a social media campaign entitled '30,000+ reasons'.
So, the mirage that is European solidarity has been exposed. They came for Cyprus, and we – and plenty of others – said nothing. In fact, it was our Finance Ministers who voted for it.
Get rid of the minor annoyances in life
Cork weddings, as submitted by our readers
For the firs
Our tester tried out Shu Uemura treatment oil
Network Cork celebrated International Women's Day 2013 with a conference at the River Lee Hotel on Friday
Deirdre O'Shaughnessy talks to Gobnait Lucey about just how bad migraines can get and how to seek relief.
Education is free, and Irish is our first language. Merely saying both of these things does not make them true
We need to start putting our money where our mouths are if we're to preserve Cork's special identity
The latest ABC figures show the Cork Independent's circulation ahead for Cork
Rwanda is not the foremost holiday destination in most people’s minds, but the ‘land of a thousand hills’ packs in so much ‘Africa’ in such a tiny space that it’s well worth a visit, writes Deirdre O'Shaughnessy
UCC has confirmed a staff member died on campus today
Meat-free Mondays are a cinch with this simple spaghetti recipe
A trip to Rwanda raises questions
Gerry Adams' apology for the killing of Jerry McCabe is ill-timed and insulting
Kearys BMW are giving car owners in Cork a unique opportunity when they bring the BMW Rally School to Cork on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January 2013. This is the first time that the national Rally School Ireland will come to Munster, and it promises to be a real driving experience.
Peugeot spacious seven-seat 508 now comes in a new Special Edition Family model.
Cork people from the worlds of business, entertainment, charity, and politics convened on the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday to celebrate Cork Persons of the Year, Fr Pierce Cormac and Bill Deasy of Union Hall
Don't bother getting outraged about empty vessel politicians
In the first in her new series, Cork blogger GlamityJane has some tips for banishing the January blues, with a home spa experience
Ford survey points to increasing environmental awareness among motorists.