Brian Cullinan (third left) of PricewaterhouseCoopers after the Best Picture Academy Award was mistakenly awarded to ‘La La Land’.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

When Brian Cullinan should have been giving Warren Beatty the right envelope, he was tweeting

Ryan’s toy reviews: consistently in the top five YouTube channels globally

A boy called Ryan opens toy boxes on YouTube and now his parents are extremely wealthy

Out of control: Bono meets Mike Pence in Munich. Photograph: Mike Pence/@VP Twitter

The U2 frontman seemed oblivious to Pence’s history on Aids and gay rights when the two met recently in Munich

Not for a younger audience: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie. Photograph: Stephen Morrison/EPA

Anti-Semitic messages have been found in the videos of one of YouTube’s ‘Let’s Play’ stars. So how child-friendly are the hugely p(...)

‘Despite being a Silicon Valley refugee and pimped up with more fancy tech gadgets than Elon Musk’s favourite godchild, I managed to lose my phone recently.” Photograph: Getty Images

I was going to be late for a safer internet event because I had broken the first rule of not being a colossal idiot on the interne(...)

Poet Stephen James Smith manages to tread the line between knowing and clever, and full of heart and raw emotion

Pauline Shanahan, in Dublin. “I’m performing a stand-up show entitled What’s Cooler Than a Hipster? A Spinster, because I think the word ‘spinster’ needs reclaiming.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the pressure to pair up is strong – but some are resisting the pull

Something approaching a shed emerged, and for a few hours there was peace. The bikes were warm and dry. Then the wind started to howl

The husband is a dab hand at the Ikea bookcase so what can be so hard about a shed?

A scene from season six of Game of Thrones, one of the most pirated shows in history. “In order to watch Game of Thrones I’d need to pay for a Sky subscription for a year. But I can’t get Sky because of my location”

Film and music fans reveal their downloading and streaming habits

“I found myself binge-watching episodes of One Born Every Minute and furtively looking up baby name chat forums.” Photograph: Mike Harrington/Getty Images

It waits in the wings and creeps up on you, just when you thought you were done with nappies

Luggala, Co Wicklow: ‘Let’s ensure every Irish person has one small house, before we acquire more big ones.’

Opening the national chequebook is not the way to secure its future

Posed by model. Photograph: Getty.

Study about Irish women and alcohol is scaremongering and meaningless

Spin cycle: White House press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

In a sea of ‘alternative facts’, Daniel Levitin wants to help people get to the truth

Men at work: the opening of the Sport Ireland  National Indoor Arena in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Answer: One to cut the ribbon, and 12 to not notice anything wrong

“It’s worth reminding ourselves, daily if necessary, that being an adult does not mean being stressed and anxious all the time.”

When it comes to a work culture, give me Paris over Palo Alto any day

Martha McHale, with her daughter, Molly, and granddaughter, Mila: “I’m a granny while my friends are going for IVF.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Doctors say Irish women should have children younger. But is it realistic? We talk to a mix of parents about having children at an(...)

Heavy statistic: some 23 per cent of Irish adults are classified as obese. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty

Unless we change our diet, Ireland risks becoming the fattest nation in the world

Holly Carpenter, who has lost her place on TV3’s Celebrity Masterchef Ireland.

The first episode served up a familiar blend of tears, technique and . . . stolen cod

Here’s some advice for family members of those who have joined a gym for the first or fifth time. The first rule is this: don’t talk about the gym membership. Discreetly avert your eyes if you notice them leaving the house in lycra

Yes, I’ve joined a gym, but I don’t want to talk about it, so pretend it hasn’t happened

More and more people are using smart watches and health apps to monitor their lifestyle. Photograph: Getty Images

When it comes to our health, more knowledge may not always be a good thing

Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in a new Sky Arts show, Urban Myths

Paris Jackson says Joseph Fiennes’ TV portrayal of the black singer is ‘offensive’

In January, the office kitchen fills with the pungent aroma of other people’s reheated veg curry and lentil Bolognese. Photograph: Ross Anania/Getty Images

Workplaces reek of dirty runners, reheated soup and the pious stench of self-flagellation

Helen Mirren: The problem with her is – well, there’s no problem with Helen Mirren. At 71, she is still opinionated, acerbic and relevant.  Photograph:  Hayoung Jeon/EPA

For older men in the public eye, there are far more choices than ‘shockingly sexy for his age’ or ‘amusingly eccentric’

“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political.” Illustration: artfromthefringe/Getty Images

Loneliness can be a silent assassin that wreaks havoc on people’s lives – and experts want it to be a health-policy issue

The trouble with resolutions is  they tend to fall into two categories: things you are going to do anyway, and things that were never going to  happen

Start with easiest thing, do it again. Repeat 66 times. Take a bow, you’ve kept a resolution

At home with the  Zuckerbergs: the 13.8 million people who viewed the video of Mark Zuckerberg’s child Max’s early steps are not his family or friends

After two years in the US tech industry, I do not believe Silicon Valley is creating a humane world

This year gifted the world a rich array of expressions of annoyance

Whatever your bad habits are, abandon yourself to them on Christmas Day, ideally while wearing pyjamas

Wing it by channelling Gwyneth and Nigella with wrapped pebbles, soup tins and stale cake

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

These four dedicated conservationists work with the planet’s most endangered species

Ensure your Christmas dinner is a hygge feast and not a huge fiasco

Navigate the minefield with our guide to the year’s top Yuletide conversational no-nos

Sporting opium: silver medallist Annalise Murphy with other Irish Olympic sailors. Photograph: Alan Betson

An overheard conversation finally provides proof of the healing powers of sport

Madonna on stage at the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event in New York. ‘You are allowed to dress like a slut, but  do not, I repeat do not, share your sexual fantasies with the world.’ Photograph:  Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

In a blistering speech, the singer says sexism is rife in the business. And it’s not all men’s fault

This week, do yourself a favour and find a stranger to talk to – in person. Photograph: Simon Ritzmann/Getty

Don’t be held hostage by your smartphone and be the talker you were born to be

Ciara O’Doherty: “The bigger the audience, the bigger the fee the brand will be willing to pay.”

‘It’s in the interest of brands and influencers to let people know when payment’s involved’

Amy Schumer responded to “fat-shamers” by posting a  photo of herself in a black swimsuit on Instagram

The comedian’s Instagram response to ‘fat shamers’ still fixates on the superficial. It’s time to focus on what women say and do

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford while promoting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Fisher’s description of her on-set affair with Ford 40 years ago will strike a chord with many. Photograph: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Carrie Fisher's gawky reminisce of falling in lust with Harrison Ford brings back mortifying memories

The opening sequence of the Jungle Book themed RTÉ The Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Jennifer O’Connell wraps up her review of Ryan Tubridy’s eighth Toy Show

Raped: Evan Rachel Wood was attacked by a partner and by the owner of a bar. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

The ‘Westworld’ star has revealed that she was raped on two occasions. More women, both in Ireland and around the world, are going(...)

Silicon future: Tina McDaid with her children, Jack, Aidan and Evelyn; she says her time in California has made her favour technology much more. Photograph: Declan Doherty

A leading US academy says iPads can help under-twos. So what are parents to do in an age of ‘sharenting’ and Snapchat streaks? (...)

Jennifer O’Connell: “I read recently that the average home has 300,000 items in it . . . 244 boxes later, that sounds modest.”

Living with the barest essentials can be done yet we hold on to the least important items

In Ireland, Women’s Aid heard more than 22,000 complaints of abuse of women and children in 2015.

The message Trump’s election sends to girls and women everywhere is clear: know your place. Put up and shut up

Aaccording to a paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics last year, at least 250 people have so far been cryopreserved in the US

There are around 250 people cryopreserved in the US alone. As the procedure hit the headlines again this week, we look at why peo(...)

“It is simplistic to suggest that the world is divided into those who prize truth and those who  think it does not matter”

Oxford Dictionaries’ choice does not help us understand Brexit or Trump’s election

Packing it in: The decision to return was the easy part. “It was followed by long negotiations with employers, sad conversations with friends. Late-night emails to shipping companies. Frantic searches for  baptismal certs.”

‘We came home to reapply for our visas. A longish holiday. And we couldn’t quite leave’

‘The idea of this country is one thing, and the reality is another.’ Comedian and writer Maeve Higgins, who has lived in the US for three years, beside the Brooklyn Bridge. Photograph by Michael Nagle

Safety, gay and immigration rights, and corporation tax under a Trump administration are some of the concerns among Americans-in-(...)

Start me up:Carl Widger, Aisling Maher, Yvonne Brady, Patrick Murphy and Ian Harkin

To start a business between 2010 and 2014 took courage. Five people describe how they did it

Bono: “you can grow up to be a woman just like that man”. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

What are we to tell our daughters: you can grow up to be a woman just like that man?

Kardashian jewellery raid: Kim Kardashian in Paris with Kanye West, in a shot from her Instagram account

Kim Kardashian is set to scale back on social media after her gunpoint jewellery robbery in Paris. But an internet without her wou(...)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Ms Jolie has filed for divorce. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

In coverage of Brangelina split, there’s been only one bad guy – and it’s not the Brad guy

‘There are ways in which I feel less Irish too: for one thing, I get excited about the prospect of rain.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s much harder to put down roots when you always have one eye on home. For that reason, I’ve decided this will be my last column(...)

Addyi: women should be wary of swallowing this vision of equality wrapped up in a little pink pill. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s not female sexual desire that needs ‘fixing’ so much as society’s notion of what’s normal

A Traveller family from Limerick participating in a Travellers’ rights protest in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Why are racism and discrimination still so widely accepted when they are directed against Travellers?

Danielle Meitiv, who has been cleared of one charge of neglect, and her son, Rafi (10). Photograph: Sammy Dallal/Washington Post via Getty Images

Parents being charged with neglect for letting their children walk home alone will only result in arrested development

‘Algorithms may be good at crunching numbers and putting them in some kind of context, but journalists are good at asking annoying questions.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

This year, computer software will produce more than a billion stories on the web. The majority will never be read, but in this era(...)

Dave Goldberg: he changed nappies, did laundry and spent time with his wife and children every day. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Far more men – maybe even the majority – would identify as feminist if there wasn’t so much confusion over what the term signifies

A married couple from Brooklyn advocating for marriage equality outside the US supreme court. Photograph: Johnny Bivera/AFP/Getty Images

Vote however you wish on May 22nd, but at least vote on the question being asked

Lululemon’s clothing has become, in certain circles, more sought-after than Chanel. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The trend of women wearing skin-tight yoga pants brings out the inner Taliban in some men

‘Eamonn Lillis’s crime was horrific, and there is a genuine public interest in the subject of his release after a sentence of just five years and two months.’ Above, Lillis leaving Wheatfield Prison. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

What exactly were the teams of reporters at Dublin Airport expecting Lillis to do?

A worker in California installs a section of artificial lawn, a water-saving alternative to traditional lawns. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

If we ever move back to Ireland, we will be able to run masterclasses in how to cut down on water bills

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers bakery leaving Laganside Court in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire

As we are the first country in the world to hold a referendum on gay marriage, we have the opportunity to reframe the debate away (...)

The Commitments: ‘The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin’

Roddy Doyle’s trilogy is up for this year’s Dublin: One City, One Book initiative. That’s very clever all the same

If newsworthiness is that hard to define quality that makes a story worth telling, what was it about Elaine O’Hara that deemed her so much less newsworthy than other Irish women who have disappeared?

It’s chilling to realise a woman can go missing in Ireland without an outcry

A study carried out among a small group revealed that the average person makes a food-related decision 224 times a day. Considering we’re asleep for up to eight hours, that’s roughly once every five minutes.

If you sit by the window in a restaurant you’re 80 per cent more likely to order salad. Eat from a bigger plate and you’ll eat one(...)

Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) and Dessie Curley (Colm Meaney) in a scene from The Snapper.

Have you forgiven Miley his affair? Do you know the plural form(s) of the word ‘you’? Do you have a Bono story?

In the US, if parents want their children to learn about religion, they send them to Sunday school and pay for it privately. Photograph: Thinkstock

Why are Irish children spending 2½ hours a week learning about heaven when they could be learning about space?

Annie and Saoirse Power (both 9 months) from Kilkenny and Noah Connolly (14 months) from Waterford give lessons in feeding to Glanbia Ingredients Ireland chief executive Jim Bergin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan yesterday. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Predictably, for Enda Kenny, Phil Hogan and Jim Bergin, their Dad-in-chief moment did not come yesterday

Scarlett Johansson’s initial reaction to Travolta’s ‘handsiness’ spoke volumes. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Unless you’re administering CPR, there’s really no need to get handsy with women you barely know

Home is . . . the sense of anticipation on Grafton Street before the shops open. Photograph: Getty Images

My notion of what home means roams around and fixates on disparate things

A doctor administers a measles vaccination. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Parents can believe what they want, but if it endangers the health of others, society must act

Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The film of EL James’s bestseller, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and Anastasia, can be vaguely titillating(...)

Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper: both speak with what is known as ‘vocal fry’

Vocal fry is that crackling, husky, drawly, perpetually bored, just-out-of-bed quality that is most pronounced at the end of sente(...)

With the help of readers, ‘The Irish Times’ is on the hunt for the best Irish pub outside Ireland. Which would you nominate, and w(...)

Benedict Cumberbatch: with regard to his use of the word ‘coloured’, surely we have to allow that intention matters.  And here he was fairly blameless. Photograph: Danny Moloshok/Files/Reuters

Benedict Cumberbatch’s inadvertent use of the historically loaded word ‘coloured’ deserved an apology, and one duly came. But wasn(...)

Karri Cormican mixes a cocktail at the Comstock Saloon in San Francisco. Photograph: Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times

Babysitters are hard to come by, probably because most teenagers don’t need the money. So when you find a good one, you tip well

Miley Cyrus: ‘I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity. I would get overwhelmed and try everything. If it had ‘acne’ on it, I’d be like, “Yup, I’m going to put that on my face”.’ Photograph: Michael Bruckner/Wire Image courtesy of Mac. Miley Cyrus is wearing Ashish

The fast-talking singer has robust views on insecurity, feminism and ‘Instagram fame’. Sinéad O’Connor needn’t have worried about (...)

Lactating breasts? We’re not quite ready to embrace those. Photograph: Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland is not an easy country in which to breastfeed, as mothers huddle in the middle of prudish rubberneckers on one side and th(...)

Note to self: your brothers are right about Phil Collins. Photograph: Luciano Viti/Getty Images

If I could have a word with her now, that angsty girl with the bad haircut and the good intentions, what would I tell her?

A photo with victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

There are many things I love about living in the US, but my children having to do a drill ‘in case a crazy person ever breaks into(...)

By now, I was expecting to have it all figured out but there’s a yawning chasm where I was expecting all that wisdom to have ma(...)

Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York, which took place in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

This year, feminism went mainstream, I saw climate change up close and was bemused from afar as Ireland went mad over water

Is Jamie Oliver the king of Christmas?

Jamie Oliver, Gwyneth Paltrow, our own adorable Donal Skehan: if you believe celebrities’ Instagram accounts, they all have Christ(...)

‘As long as my children can quote at least one line from ‘The Snapper’, their Irish heritage is intact.’

Here are nine words and phrases that only people from Ireland will understand. We’re great gas altogether

California Christmas: ‘We are beginning to build our own set of Christmas traditions in our new home, and importing as many of the old ones as we can’

I miss calling it ‘the Christmas’. My mother’s ham and cider sauce. The long, lazy joy of Stephen’s Day...

Angelina Jolie: could she be heading for the White House? Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: It’s one thing celebrity activists lecturing us about the things we should be concerned about, and quite anoth(...)

Bill Cosby’s alleged victims’ drunkenness should be irrelevant to the case

A woman’s taste for Jim Beam or Pinot Noir does not make her fair game

A bumpy ride: motherhood has become a loaded term. Photograph: Thinkstock

Motherhood has become a high-stakes endeavour, and it seems all of society has something to say about women’s child-rearing abilit(...)

Elsa from Frozen

To hell with gender stereotyping - let it go

One of Target’s mannequins

Target in the US uses child-size mannequins with breasts to sell tops for kids

Monica Lewinsky: making a case for the public to recast its opinion of her. Photograph: David Maialetti/AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News

Jennifer O’Connell: Lewinsky was betrayed by many people, but her greatest betrayal was by a society that loves nothing more than (...)

 Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is seen projected on a video screen as she delivers a keynote address during the 2014 DreamForce conference  in San Francisco. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Everybody who’s anybody except Bono turned up for Marc Benioff’s Dreamforce ’14 technology conference

A worker in a hazardous-material (hazmat) suit at a block in Dallas, Texas, where a man diagnosed with Ebola was staying. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Underneath the western media’s over-reaction is the troubling suggestion that the hardest-hit African nations have brought Ebola o(...)

Productivity drive?: egg-freezing is complex and uncomfortable, not an easy way to keep women at their desks. Photograph: LWA/Getty

No intelligent woman will freeze her eggs because her boss thinks it’s a good idea

will.i.am annouces the launch of i.amPULS at Dreamforce 2014  in San Francisco, California.

Pop star turns tech entrepreneur with the Puls cuff unveiled at the Dreamforce tech event

Anthony Elonis: convicted and sentenced to 44 months for making threats on Facebook

The task of distinguishing between an expression of artistic creativity and a real and frightening threat will soon occupy the min(...)

Silicon Valley 50: at the  event this week were (from left) president of ITLG John Hartnett; ITLG chairman Craig Barrett; Rob Leslie of Sedicii Innovations, receiving the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award; and John Stanton, president of Silicon Valley Global Partners. Photograph: Chris Ryan, Views of the World Silicon Valley 50:  (from left) president of ITLG John Hartnett, ITLG chairman Craig Barrett, Rob Leslie of Sedicii Innovations, receiving the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award, and John Stanton, president of Silicon Valley Global Partners. Photograph: Chris Ryan, Views of the World

Praise for Irish wit, optimism and tax breaks but education remains a worry

Off to her pot farm: Alaskan TV newsreader Charlo Greene quit her job on air

I don’t much want to be part of a society where people sit around at dinner parties doing bad Elmo impressions

British student Hannah Graham (right), who vanished recently after a night out, and Hunter S Thompson (left), who wrote about children living in a “kingdom of fear”.

Paranoid parenting isn’t about actual risk: it is about our need for control

A still from the Jameson ad

Dingy pubs, busty wenches and funerals – welcome to the Ireland of American ads

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