Donal Skehan: “What really struck a chord with me is the importance of creating long-term positive habits and routines, which is something I had struggled with before”

The Irish Times/Potentialife Be Your Best programme has come to an end after nine months. Potentialife saw a diverse group of Irish Times readers and (...)

 Bono gestures launches the Red Product Line to Help the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in  2006. Photograph: AP Photo/Michel Euler

As U2 prepare for their first indoor tour for a decade, and the first live action since Bono’s serious bike accident in New York a year ago, is it tim(...)

Roses arrive into the Dome in Tralee as Dathi Takes to the stage. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

Meath Rose and cancer survivor Elysha Brennan was last night crowned Rose of Tralee winner 2015. “Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart,” was (...)

Bobbi Kristina Brown at the premiere of “Sparkle” in Hollywood, California, in 2012. Photograph: Sue Schneider/MGP Agency

An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the la(...)

Failing  – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka leaves the court after losing to France’s Richard Gasquet in the Wumbledon men’s quarter-final – “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Look here. I have just seen an inspirational poster featuring the opening lines of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground: “I am a sick man. (...)

Lance Armstrong has compared himself to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter series. Photograph: PA

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has compared himself to Lord Voldemort, the primary antagonist in the fictional Harry Potter novels, and issued a st(...)

Richard Dawkins: a prolific thirdpartybragger. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Last week Harris Wittels, the man who coined the phrase “humblebrag”, died at the unconscionable age of 30. In his memory I’ve been sifting through so(...)

David Oyelowo:   “When I first read the script, in 2007, my reaction was spiritual. I felt a call of God that I was going to do this.” Photograph:  Bon Duke/New York Times

Having watched Selma, it’s impossible not to do a double take when David Oyelowo walks into the room. He is a svelte, youthful-looking 38-year-old,(...)

Former UCI president Pat McQuaid: said that he had “a certain sympathy” with Lance Armstrong. Photograph: Inpho

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong was the victim of “a witch hunt” and made a scapegoat by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), says former Inte(...)

Lance Armstrong says he’s sorry he and other cyclists were “put in a place” where they felt doping was necessary. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

More than two years since his television interview with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has stated tha(...)