The Cullen children, Joshua, Kayleigh, Leon, Amelia and Cara, who range in age from 16 to five: Their mother, Jessica Cullen, believes 10 is the best age for a child to have a phone

These days everyone has a smartphone and many are addicted to it – checking for updates, surfing the net and sending messages (mostly inane) have beco(...)

Karen Donoghue  (right) from Dublin, is well aware of the dangers. Pictured here with her  mum Margaret

Almost 10,000 people are affected by stroke every year in Ireland and as September sees the start of Irish Heart Month, the Irish Heart Foundation (IH(...)

Alan Coleman and Brian O’Briain with Charlie at home in Kilcorney, Kilfenora, Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Having a holiday home can be a wonderful luxury; offering the opportunity to escape city life for a few days of rest and recuperation at the coast or (...)

A 1980s debs memory: Arlene Harris (right) in her neighbour’s wedding dress

Picture the scene: giggling girls trussed up in swathes of pastel-coloured taffeta and lace, hair permed off their scalps, patches of powdery foundati(...)

“However, it is very important to state that if anyone is on prescribed medication they must adhere to their medication and use exercise as an adjunct,” says Dr Julie Broderick of Trinity College Dublin

Rock climbing is not for the faint hearted. The adrenalin-pumping activity requires participants to be in peak condition both mentally and physically (...)

Pat, Aoife and Ríain O'Malley at Spanish Point House, Co Clare. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Standing on its own grounds overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Spanish Point House is a commanding sight. The beautiful old building was once a manor hou(...)

Child psychologist Peadar Maxwell says parents shouldn’t beat themselves up about a lack of expensive holidays.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well it can be for those who can afford to jet away to the sun or sign their children up to every summer camp and a(...)

David Moreau, of On Board Ireland, at Dublin Airport. Like most things in life, perception is mostly about one’s own experience. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

With the improving fortunes of the Irish economy, instead of scores of people leaving these shores, many are coming here to further their careers, set(...)

TV chef and ‘Irish Times’ food writer Donal Skehan in the kitchen in his home in Los Angeles

TV chef and “Irish Times” food writer Donal Skehan, and his wife Sophie, moved to LA last year and spent eight months finding a house with just the ri(...)

People are flocking to online language courses that offer cheap and inventive ways to learn. Photograph: iStock

There was a time when having a smidgeon of French and self-consciously ordering a verre de vin could elevate someone to a status of fluency within min(...)