Monday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 8th

Friday, April 29th – Monday, May 2nd

Monday, April 18th – Sunday, Apr 24th

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’re on the hunt for Ireland’s best sports club, and we want you to help by nominating yours. The winner of the competition – and(...)

Monday, April 11th – Sunday, Apr 17th

Acting Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

Simon Coveney tells Shane Ross there are ‘positive reasons’ for no-show

Damian Cullen, one year and 2st  5lb down. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As I finish my column at the end of a year-long fitness and health drive here is what I learned

RTÉ’s The Sunday Game Live presenter Michael Lyster with football panellists Joe Brolly, Colm O’Rourke and Pat Spillane in studio in Croke Park.

Veteran presenter gives insider’s view of challenges and workings of ‘The Sunday Game’

Monday, April 4th – Sunday, Apr 10th

Louise James is comforted by her brother Chris at a vigil in Buncrana. Photograph: North West Newspix

Newspaper claimed it had secured an exclusive interview with Louise James

Gardaí investigating fatal road traffic collision on Wolfe Tone Square

Two Doberman Pinschers - Boone and Flair Polo. Their owner says both were born from the same litter, but, as yet, only Flair Polo has been microchipped.

Investigations launched as owners say their dogs have mysteriously shrunk in size

Monday, Mar 28th – Sunday, Apr 3rd

Evan (8) and Mark (12) who lost their lives in Buncrana, with baby Rionaghac-Ann who survived.

Davitt Walsh dived into water at Buncrana pier and saved four-month-old baby girl

Monday, Mar 21st – Sunday, Mar 27th

Front page of ‘The Irish Times’ – Saturday, March 18th, 1916. A bargain at one penny!

Participants ‘exceedingly anxious to be regarded as soldiers’

Monday, Mar 14th – Sunday, Mar 20th

Monday, Mar 7th – Sunday, Mar 13th

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia – sisters of Ibrahim Halawa – at their home in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irishman was first arrested in August 2013 and has now spent 942 days in prison

Monday, Feb 29th – Sunday, Mar 6th

Monday, Feb 22nd – Sunday, Feb 28th

Your ideal weight is somewhere between living in a fast-food outlet because you can no longer fit out the door, and dreaming of snapping a lollipop from a child because you’re so hungry. Photograph: Thinkstock

Exercise is a means to an end – not a path to contentment

Monday, Feb 15th – Sunday, Feb 21st

Independent News & Media (INM) released a statement on Thursday evening saying a number of its reporters were formally notified by gardaí their “safety is at risk from organised criminals”. File photograph:

Media group says gardaí notified certain reporters of safety risk from organised criminals

The World Health Organisation has defined binge drinking as six or more standard drinks (about three pints of beer) during one occasion. Or, as I prefer to call it, Saturday night. Photograph: Ablestock

My fitness drive has, in part at least, been motivated by the desire to drink alcohol

Monday, Feb 8th – Sunday, Feb 14th

Monday, Feb 1st – Sunday, Feb 7th

On confusing an X-ray of an ankle for an image of an elbow during a training session with colleagues, Dr Hassan said it was a “teaching meeting – in a teaching environment. It’s a chance for people to make mistakes and learn more”. Photograph: Getty Images

Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed also at fault on 28 counts of poor performance

At Le Marathon Du Medoc, 23 of the drinking stops offer wines from the Medoc  region

What would make you lose weight? Being told to eat naked in front of the mirror?

Monday, Jan 25th – Sunday, Jan 31st

Monday, Jan 18th – Sunday, Jan 24th

‘Due to back pain, I’ve spent much of the past fortnight lying on a bed, a couch or the kitchen floor – usually wondering how to get up.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Inadequate use has resulted in serious defects – my body is no longer in full working order

Monday, Jan 11th – Sunday, Jan 17th

Monday, Jan 4th – Sun, Jan 10th

The gym can be a life-changer, or it can be an incredible waste of money. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Do you really need (or want) a clothes horse in the shape of a treadmill?

Monday, Dec 28th – Sun, Jan 3rd

Jason Brogan: “The only thing that should be in a doorway at Christmas is snow.” Photograph: Damian Cullen

Altruistic endeavour takes off via social media and is supported by donors worldwide

Sunday, Dec 20th – Thursday, Dec 31st

Monday, Dec 14th – Sunday, Dec 20th

The Christmas dinner: ‘I read about the recommended alternatives to turkey and ham, but I’m sticking with tradition.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

There’s ham, turkey, Christmas cake, mulled wine, not-mulled wine. And that’s all in one day

Monday, Dec 7th – Sunday, Dec 13th

If you’re blessed with a body that can eat a horse while maintaining the figure of a boa constrictor, then, well, good for you. However, not all skinny people are healthy, and we must remember that. Photograph: Thinkstock

If you’re overweight, you are aware of the dangers. But as a society we have regularly and incorrectly associated being skinny wit(...)

Monday, Nov 30th – Sunday, Dec 6th

Monday, Nov 23rd – Sunday, Nov 29th

The Spanish advert follows a security guard called Justino.

Commercial follows a lonely night-time security guard at a mannequin factory

The dinner table, from the time we were too small to sit properly at it, has had a certain aura that has demanded respect. Photograph: Thinkstock

We eat healthy food at the table; it demands it of us

Thursday, Nov 19th – Sunday, Nov 22nd

Friday, Nov 13th – Sunday, Nov 15th

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid: may have to slap on sunscreen for next year’s final. Photograph: ©Inpho/Cathal Noonan

August match puts Kilkenny people in danger of finding out what an ‘Electric Picnic’ is

Damian Cullen helps his five-year-old daughter – or maybe more accurately Eve helps her father – to make ‘Bangin’ Burritos with Steak and Mexican Rice’ at Dublin’s Cooks Academy as part of ‘Cook Along with Ben’s Beginners’, which promotes children and parents cooking together. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

We’ve taken home an experiment in children and parents cooking, with mixed results

Thursday, Nov 5th – Sunday, Nov 8th

Monday, Oct 26th – Sunday, Nov 1st

Getting fit may have its benefits, but exercise can bring its own set of problems. Some random observations

Friday, Oct 23rd – Sunday, Oct 25th

Saturday, Oct 17th – Sunday, Oct 18th

I’m now exactly 200 pounds. Six months ago there was another 31lb underneath my clothes – which is roughly the same weight as my five-year-old daughter. Photograph: Getty Images

I wanted to lose weight; I didn’t want to lose my 20-year-old wardrobe

Friday, Oct 9th – Sunday, Oct 11th

Friday, Oct 2nd – Sunday, Oct 4th

Starting a fitness drive and sticking with one are completely different challenges

There are many articles written by fitness fans who are looking forward to the next exercise session moments after finishing the last. I do not belong to that club. Photograph: Getty Images

We can have all the plans and hopes we like, but without commitment we merely have plans and hopes

Saturday, Sep 26th – Sunday, Sep 27th

Tipperary’s Eddie Connolly and Cork’s Cian McCarthy during the Hurling League Division One clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in March, 2011. Photograph: Neil Danton/Inpho

‘Eddie battled his illness with huge determination, positivity and bravery,’ says local GAA club

A natural defender, Eddie Connolly led his club to the Munster senior hurling title in 2007 from corner forward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Irish Times and Second Captains take part in ‘Score4Eddie’

Monday, Sep 14th – Sunday, Sep 20th

 Damian Cullen: turning up an hour early for his first 5km race didn’t affect his non-existent pre-race preparations.  Photograph: Alan Betson

I managed to finish my first 5km race and make a new friend

Monday, Sep 7th – Sunday, Sep 13th

Monday, Aug 31st – Sunday, Sep 6th

There is a chasm between health and fitness evangelists and those who feel their new-found loss of a spare tyre has also unburdened themselves of any need to be sensitive to others. Illustration: Getty

Your new-found fitness could lose you more than a few stone if your friends and family get fed up with you preaching

Monday, Aug 24th – Sunday, Aug 30th

Saturday, August 22nd – Sunday, Aug 23rd

Strangely enough, the longer you stay away from chocolate and sugar, the less you crave them. Photograph: Getty Images

I gave up smoking years ago but my sweet tooth has been harder to stub out, writes Damian Cullen

Monday, August 10th – Sunday, Aug 16th

Saturday, August 8th – Sunday, Aug 9th

Eve Cullen: A chatterbox who helps distract from the task at hand.

Expect stress, disruption and distractions when you try to get fit with little ones in tow

Saturday, August 1st – Sunday, Aug 2nd

Friday, July 24th – Sunday, July 26th

Whatever your exercise routine, a multibillion euro industry wants to accompany you. Photograph: Getty

Don’t let technology spoil the fun of the run. Getting fit means exercising; it doesn’t mean being a techno wizard

Thursday, July 16th – Sunday, July 19th

Saturday, July 11th – Sunday, July 12th

Mindless munching has got me to where I am, but could a simple food diary make a real difference to my eating habits?

Friday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 4th

Saturday, June 27th – Sunday, June 28th

Sole mates: ‘I’m not just buying a running shoe, apparently, I’m buying a set of car tyres.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Since when did buying a new pair of running shoes become so complicated?

Friday, June 19th – Sunday, June 21st

Monday, June 8th – Sunday, June 14th

Running on empty: Damian Cullen finds running monotonous without his headphones. Photograph: Alan Betson

Okay, my taste in music may not be great, but even Theory of a Deadman can help alleviate the mind-numbing boredom of running

Thursday, June 4th – Sunday, June 7th

Friday, May 29th – Sunday, May 31st

Gyms can be mysterious, unwelcoming, intimidating enclosures.

Joining a gym and then not attending regularly or, worse, going but not gaining the benefit, is an awful waste, says Damian Cullen(...)

Saturday, May 23rd – Sunday, May 24th

Thursday, May 14th – Sunday, May 17th

In the online survey to find the “The World’s Sexiest Nationalities”, Irish men, naturally, came top of the list.

49% of female respondents list ‘accent’ as quality that influenced their decision

Tuesday, May 5th – Sunday, May 10th

Exercising in the supermarket is a step too far for most of us.Photograph: Thinkstock

Not being able to find the time to exercise is a proper, grown-up excuse, despite what the fitness gurus say

Friday, May 1st – Sunday, May 3rd

Damian Cullen: ‘It’s slightly creepy, but the class setting is contagious.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

In gymland, it seems the harder the workout, the more participants resemble the instructor, says Damian Cullen

Monday, Apr 20th – Sunday, Apr 26th

Sunday, Apr 19th

Gardaí are investigating the collision which occurred on the N2 at Tuiterath, Balrath, Co Meath.

The N2 remains closed in Co Meath after pedestrian was hit by a car

A weighing scales: ‘I prefer the old weighing scales; it’s so off the mark.’ Photograph: Getty

This crude device has been around for aeons and, for some curious reason, still inspires our trust

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