At the Irish Cargo Bike Championships in Phoenix Park last month somebody kindly gave me a go of their vehicle. I say vehicle because strapping my (...)

Note to Self: stop losing things. Is a v v annoying habit. Also, you are not 15 anymore. You are an ancient grown adult with responsibilities. Act lik(...)

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O ne abiding childhood memory I have of my mother is her walking around the house with a see-through plastic bag, like something you’d carry sandwiche(...)

I’m trying to remember what I did in the long school summers. I know we spent a lot of it down on the strand eating roast potatoes out of tinfoil. And(...)

Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)

Chelsea Clinton has lovely hair. In the greater scheme of things it’s not important but I was kind of mesmerised by it as I sat in front of her in UCD(...)

The phone rings in work. It’s a man called Mark asking about some photographs we’d taken of his younger brother a few years ago. I don’t say anything (...)

I spent a lot of my teenage years trying to get out of going to school. I had a repertoire of “tummy aches” and “splitting headaches” worthy of an Osc(...)

Today I want to talk about a larger woman. But I want to make you a deal. You’ve to try your best not to feel sorry for me while I talk about being bi(...)

A woman is lying on a pink sofa swathed in a brown fleece blanket so she resembles a cocooned insect, a cassava mealybug say. She looks peaceful. Cont(...)