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

There is a moment in the life of every emigrant when you realise that an emigrant is what you’ve become. For some emigrants, I imagine, it must(...)

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

It has become a question that parents here in California now routinely ask, eyeing one another over their non-fat cinnamon dolce lattes, while they(...)

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My inner goddess packed up and left me to it about 10 minutes after the opening credits of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, roughly around the time tha(...)

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

Remember uptalk, the practice of ending all your sentences in a question? Even the ones that aren’t questions? You do? You can take your fingers ou(...)

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. Why? Because the best Irish pubs(...)

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 issued an apology last week after he used the word “coloured” on US TV when talking about the lack of diversity in British cin(...)

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

COSTS Transport to a lively nocturnal location Eight miles arranged through the Uber app costs €9.21 ($10.42). Cinema €10.61 ($12). Th(...)

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

A few things are troubling me when I turn up at the LA studio where I am scheduled to interview Miley Cyrus about her collaboration with make-up br(...)

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

No one who has ever tried to breastfeed a baby in Ireland will have been surprised by the recent study that found we have the lowest rates in the w(...)

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

A very large truck pulled up outside my front door recently and vomited out the contents of our lives in Ireland. There were lots of things I barel(...)