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Ann Marie Hourihane keeps an eye on the bees during a Louth Beekeepers Association demonstration in Castleknock; Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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Mattress Mick with two of the cutouts that dot his northside premises. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Feeling good: Anne Marie Hourihane has discovered  that, despite evidence to the contrary, drinking alcohol isn’t compulsory. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Tea total: Ann Marie Hourihane in Cinnamon Cafe in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson Tea total: Ann Marie Hourihane in Cinnamon Cafe in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

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 Sparkling again: Anne-Marie Hourihane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

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Ann Marie Hourihane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

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