Too scared to go to the dentist? You probably have dental phobia, an extreme state of anxiety and fear that makes people panic when they need to ma(...)

Kate Holmquist is from Massachusetts and has been living in Ireland for more than 30 years I’ve had far more Thanksgivings outside the US than (...)

Art Source, Ireland’s biggest art fair, is taking place in the RDS in Dublin 4, on November 14th and 15th. David Uda (Duda) is a fashion designer turn(...)

Writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir with  sons Cúán (at back) and Finn at their home in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Q What’s the story behind the big deal?A I spent 18 months looking for the right agent until I met this fantastic Irish woman, Gráinne Fox, who was wo(...)

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After a successful paid internship with Twitter, which she found online, politics graduate Sara MacNamara is enthusiastic about the benefits: “Inte(...)

Aisling 'Ais the Bash' Daly -  2:55

“I beat people up until they want to quit and give me a submission,” says Aisling Daly, who likes to remind people that in 2011 it was she who beca(...)

David McSavage: ‘Your mother would do anything for you, but she sort of sent you out into the world like some sort of useless orphan.’ Photograph: Eric Luke 2:49

Angry Emer is a strident career woman whose clipped nasal Mount Merrion accent would cut flesh. She will appear in the fourth series of the sat(...)

(If you have a wedding or relationship problem you'd like advice on email Kate Holmquist at kholmquist@irishtimes.com)   Q. I jumped a(...)

Dealing with homelessness: Janet, who now lives in transition accommodation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nadia's story “I don’t want that [my mother] knows I am homeless, because her heart is very sick. If she knows that I have very big trouble for(...)

 Joan Sheehan photographed in her house in Dungarvan getting ready for christmas with the help of her grandchildren Elizabeth Gill  and Emily Gill.  Phototgraph: Mary Browne
The real spirit of Christmas

The mere hint of a notion of opening one’s home to a crowd at Christmas may fluster most of us, but some people have a born talent for creating Christ(...)