Angela Coughlan with just some of her grandchildren that live with her in her two-bedroom house in Ballyfermot where she lives with the rest of her children. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nine people live in Angela Coughlan’s two-bedroom home in Ballyfermot, Dublin. A retired pharmacy assistant, she had been sharing the house she inheri(...)

Kate Packwood set up Wildflour Bakery to offer cakes that have a distinctive style, an eccentricity and strong attention to detail . Photograph: Rincy Koshy

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Carla and Darren were joined by 40 family and friends and married at the registry office on Grand Canal Street, in Dublin.  Photographs: Lorna Tracey

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Keep bees: your flowers will bloom more profusely, your fruit trees will crop more heavily and each autumn you’ll have delicious honey to share with friends. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
40 ways to go green

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Working mothers: Dr Nayna Patel with the women of her ‘baby-making factory’ in House of Surrogates

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 James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in a scene from one of the last episodes of the HBO TV series The Sopranos.

James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey Mafia boss in the groundbreaking TV series The (...)