“Do some people have two daddies and two mummies?” is another question that’s been thrown at me by my daughters

After I’ve bounced out of bed this morning in anticipation of the good news (it will be good news, I feel it deep in my waters), I will face into a(...)

Joanna Lumley: a big fan of Astral moisturiser. Photograph: Rob Harrison/Getty Images

  Trish, Dublin: I love Astral moisturiser. It’s my top recommendation. I know it’s old-school, but I go back to it every once in a wh(...)

Vincent, inspired by the art of Van Gogh, is a special song for lots of people. One of them is my mother

Vincent by Don McLean. It’s one of the most moving, beautiful, insightful, could-listen-to-it-forever songs ever written, in my opinion. The song w(...)

Don McLean in Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Don McLean (69) grew up in New Rochelle, New York state, and began performing on the folk circuit as a teenager in the 1960s. He gained considerabl(...)

"On May 22nd, kindness will surge through the high roads and byroads of our little island, lighting up the darkest corners."

This taxi driver said something interesting to me as we were driving by the Custom House in Dublin the other day. He said “I don’t know why they ha(...)

A book landed on my desk with a soft little moan recently. It’s called The Wild Oats Project and the subtitle is “One woman’s midlife quest for pas(...)

 Rob Kearney: “The margins at the moment between people at high levels in sport or high levels in business are just getting smaller and smaller and smaller.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

  Rob Kearney is taking notes on his tablet at a personal development seminar on the top floor of The Irish Times building in Dublin. Quie(...)

It’s terrible there are no slow sets. Why did somebody kill them?

There are no slow sets in Wesley anymore. I discover this while gently quizzing a 14-year-old of my acquaintance. She went to Wez for the first time r(...)

I bought a green dress. To clarify, I bought a green dress in Cos, a shop I have recently become addicted to, forsaking all other shops. The only reas(...)

I don’t know what the daily war looks like in your house, but in my house at the moment it is being fought on the frontline of surfaces and the stuff (...)