About Tripe + Drisheen


Tripe+Drisheen is a reader-supported local journalism newsletter about Cork city and county, written by journalists Ellie O’Byrne and JJ O’Donoghue. We started publishing in February 2021 and we publish a mixture of news, features and opinion pieces.

Our motto is “slow news is good news” - we believe people in Cork deserve detailed, in-depth reporting on the issues that impact on their lives. You can read our manifesto for local news here.

We cover a wide variety of topics including environment, local politics, culture, employment, social issues and arts. Every week we publish a long read which you can read here. We’re also keen to add new voices to Tripe+Drisheen, such as the contributors to Our Cork 2040 series.

In the digital age we are inundated with information; we publish at a slower pace, which allows us the time to write and report and give you more in-depth journalism. Cliched as it is, quality rather than quantity is what we offer.

How it works:

If you like what you read on Tripe+Drisheen, and if you want to support us, there are three things you can do:

  • You can subscribe for just €8 per month or €80 per year (or just €1.50 a week). There’s even the option to become a founding member and donate any amount you want. Tripe+Drisheen members will receive everything we publish, including some members-only stories such as the “Historically Speaking” column.

  • If you can’t or don’t want to subscribe, that’s totally fine! We’ll still keep offering you as much as we are able to, free of charge, with the help of subscribers. You can still help us, by using social media to share T+D articles that you find interesting. We’re on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And you can recommend us to others who might be interested.

Get in touch:

If you have a story that you think needs to be looked into, please get in touch and email us at jj.odonoghue@gmail.com or emailellieobyrne@gmail.com.

Your correspondence will be treated in the strictest of confidence and we will never reveal the identity of our sources.

The T+D logo of the old Irish half penny is by Martin O’Donoghue.

Read some of our stories:

Tripe + Drisheen
A Rising Son
“Paris is the Cork of France” Benny McCabe behind the counter at The Bodega. Credit: JJ O’Donoghue Benny McCabe should be miserable, joyless, hate tweeting, angrier than thou in his indignation, and non-stop giving out about the state of everything because for the best part of a year his army of pubs have been theaters of silence…
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Aramark and the English Market
The English Market’s luscious heaps of fresh local produce are Exhibit A in the case for Cork as food capital of Ireland. But the little-known fact that the day-to-day management of the gourmand’s paradise is in the hands of a company notorious for its US prison food and management of Irish direct pr…
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