Whether it is laughter, love, loyalty or all three you get from a friend, treasure them and let them treasure you, it’s good for your health. Photograph: thinkstock Whether it is laughter, love, loyalty or all three you get from a friend, treasure them and let them treasure you, it’s good for your health. Photograph: Thinkstock

Friendship week: From best mates to bromances, all week on irishtimes.com/life-and-style, we take a closer look at friendship. The feeling of (...)

Declan and Brendan Murphy from The 4 of Us with Róisín Ingle.

“We never did stuff that we didn’t want to do. And if we made music we weren’t happy with, we never let anybody hear it, even if that meant disappeari(...)

Philomena Canning tells Róisín the Eighth Amendment “isn’t effective” and undermines women’s safety.

Prominent Irish midwife Philomena Canning speaks to Róisín Ingle about her views on abortion and other issues on this week’s podcast. Canning is one (...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Ruane Student and equality activism Ruane rose to prominence when she was elected president of Trinity College Students Union in February 2015. (...)

The much-loved boys’ Palestrina Choir, based in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years. A few from am(...)

Patrick Freyne and his wife and cowriter, Anna Carey. “Do not tell people that this was originally a song about our cat,” Anna says. “They’ll think we’re creepy and mad”

[Listen to all the entrants in the Christmas FM Festive song competition and vote for your favourite here] In July my colleague Ronan McGreevy sugg(...)

Al Porter speaks to Róisín Ingle about ‘Freezin’ – The Story of the Snow Queen’, a panto he wrote with Karl Spain.

At just 22 years old, comedian Al Porter is about to begin his 12th season acting in panto at the Olympia Theatre, this time in Freezin’ – The Story o(...)

Róisín Ingle and her mother Ann Ingle at the launch of her book. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Irish Times is hosting an evening with Róisín Ingle and Paul Howard to help celebrate Róisín 's latest book, Public Displays of Emotion. Follow(...)

Róisín Ingle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There are people – men mostly; the kind of men who are still deep in mourning for the passing of the bedsit – who take a loud and self-indulgent pl(...)

‘Unlike most of the other unknown knowns, the doublethink on abortion is fully institutionalised. It’s written into law. On the one hand, a woman has a constitutional right to travel abroad to get an abortion. On the other, if she performs the very same act in Ireland she and her doctor and anyone who has helped her are all liable to 14 years in prison.’ Photograph: Getty Images

We don’t know ourselves. We talk, of course, relentlessly. There’s scarcely a donkey in the country with hind legs – they’ve all been talked off. And(...)