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(...)

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

My children played a new game at school the other day. It was called Code Red. It was a game, but it wasn’t supposed to be fun. “The teacher pu(...)

This is the year I will turn 40. By now, I was expecting to have it all figured out: how to make a curry from scratch, how to meditate, how to(...)

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

Last year, I rang in the new year from the balcony of my home, which overlooks (well, if you stood on a chair and craned your neck at an unlikely a(...)

Is Jamie Oliver the king of Christmas?

By now you’ll have the presents all neatly stacked under the tree, wrapped in neatly ironed Fair Trade paper that you ordered last June and had per(...)

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

Since I’ve been away from Ireland, there’s nothing I miss more – not even Superquinn sausages or spectacular winter sunrises – than the lyrical, ve(...)

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’

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit Sliding Doors as two versions of December unfold in my head: the version I’m actually having, and the version I sho(...)

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

Angelina Jolie is thinking about running for office. Of course she is. With that beatific smile, the UN special envoy position and the postcard-per(...)

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

Malcolm Gladwell calls it “creeping determinism”: the name for that knew-it-all-along feeling you get when you discover that a public figure, who w(...)

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

Prospective mothers, be warned. If you decide to go ahead and procreate, it won’t just be your progeny taking seed in your uterus, but the hopes, e(...)