“Some of the happiest moments of my life have happened sitting on a Tuesday evening with a tray on my lap in front of the telly. Bucket lists are too much pressure.”

I recently found out that a great friend – one of the funniest, most intelligent, firecrackingly gorgeous women I know – is the author of the world’s(...)

“Don’t let death talk upset your Sunday dinner and enjoy your roasties while ye may.”

The round-robin email from my mother to all eight of her offspring came through just as some of us were about to sit down to Sunday dinner. In the su(...)

Keith Harrington, pictured in 2011. He was found dead in a Dublin laneway in 2014. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five years ago, researching a story on homelessness, I met Keith Harrington and his friend Carlo, who lived on the Dublin streets. They offered to sho(...)

The two T-shirts have been sitting on the edge of the sofa since Christmas. They were part of Queenie’s present for our six-year-old girls. She is al(...)

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you. Well, wasn’t that the biggest, fattest lie they ever told you growing up?

The grey-haired woman walking along the road was dragging a small trolley behind her. She was, in appearance, what some people would describe as neat(...)

I stride along in the rain, straight into middle age, thinking about the SAD therapy light you can get in Aldi

We put the TV back in the attic after Christmas after a December of over-dosing on the box. The children on episodes of Sophia the First, their fathe(...)

The Irish Times, as you can’t fail to have noticed, is not just a newspaper any more. On irishtimes.com we have videos, interactive features and a whole host of new digital products.

Every Friday morning I get the lift down – I’ll be walking down from now on, as per my new year’s resolutions – from the fourth floor of Irish Times (...)

In the past few months I’ve been asked and have had to ask myself a lot of questions, ones I’d already answered and some new ones too.

(...). Public Displays of Emotion, by Róisín Ingle, is now available to buy from irishtimes.com/ irishtimesbooks(...)

Mahalia performs at Other Voices music festival in Dingle in Co Kerry. Now in it’s 14th year, it brings major acts and a selection of contenders to perform short sets in the tiny St James’s Church, recorded for broadcast on RTE later in the year

Other Voices 2016. Public Displays of Emotion by Róisín Ingle is now available to buy from irishtimes.com/irishtimesbooks(...)

I’d rather be in bed. I’m going to get that as the automatic response on my email. “I’d rather be in bed,” my email will tell people unequivocally.

(...)’m listening to it in bed. Ho, ho, humbug. Public Displays of Emotion by Róisín Ingle is now available to buy(...)