The bottom line is that, as they age, men and women should not take their social relationships for granted.

Today’s older people are, it seems to me, pretty good at paying attention to their general physical health and fitness. But it’s worth knowing that pa(...)

I was taken aback recently to read that 41 per cent of workers in the US don’t use up all of their holiday time. This is on top of the fact that 23 pe(...)

I once knew a man of whom the most frequently used description was “ignorant”. If you got a grunt out of him, you would be doing well. He was one of t(...)

Going through old photographs after my mother’s death, I came across a picture of her father, William Murphy, who lived in Caragh, near Naas in Co (...)

I had not heard of feminazis for some time until I saw the term in a tweet recently. I think the phrase used was “jackbooted feminazis” which is how i(...)

Watching a soap recently in which a female character slapped a man hard across the face to express her disapproval, I wondered how this lazy old stere(...)

Is the pursuit of excellence destroying our quality of life? I was left asking myself this question by three very different sources in recent weeks(...)

Now and then public figures come under attack for pointing out that young people, and especially women, may be more vulnerable to assault when they(...)

“I hate ingratitude more in a man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail bloo(...)

In many respects, that’s what the whole boredom thing is about: an inability to be okay with being with yourself. Odd, isn’t it, that we find ourselves so boring that we desperately rush to get away?

A fellow traveller in the bar at Dublin Airport ordered a large brandy. A minute later, he ordered a second one. “Can’t stick the boredom,” he told me(...)