Hundreds of attendees stand in silence during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Berkeley, California last month. Photograph: Reuters

Last week I got an email from a young Irish man about grief. This young man’s father died a few years ago. He also lost a friend last year, another(...)

“He has no clue – even though I made it clear very early on in our relationship that whistling was a deal breaker, that whistling was my kryptonite”

Me nerves. Me absolute and total nerves. I live with a whistler. Do you know what I mean? Perhaps you also share living space with a whistler? Do y(...)

I’ve made it this far in life without getting a verruca and, while I’m still battling certain “issues” and there’s lots done but more to do, I’m tr(...)

She ended up there again. They have a €2 menu, you see. They have this double cheeseburger for €2. And six chicken nuggets for €2. And there are these(...)

Marriage-equality supporters  at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Too much. We kept repeating it to each other. By way of a greeting. Instead of ‘hello’ or ‘how’s it going?’ neither of which would cut it on this d(...)

At 5.30 on the evening of November 11th, the peaceful Dublin suburb of Fairview was startled by a sound that might have come from the African jungle

I’ve taken up slogging again. Slow jogging. I tend to only dabble in exercise as a rule. A bit of aerial yoga here, a spot of table tennis there, not (...)

 Storm Uechtritz  in  Dublin.  “Sometimes in life it really helps to take a step back and try to understand that there are always two sides to a story.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TimesTimes

RTÉ researchers shouldn’t wait too long to book Australian TV producer Storm Uechtritz, for the popular genealogical TV show Who Do You Think You Are?(...)

“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(...)