A simple black and white sign pointing out to sea: The Happy Out Cafe on Dollymount Strand

Are we there yet? My friend Aisling died, and I just tried to get on with things, as you do

Ann Ingle and Róisín Ingle: “There’s a definite Atwood-ish vibe off her these days, a Marian Keyesian glow.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Are We There Yet? Old-fashioned telly, feminist chats and bottomless pots of soup – I could get used to this.

Delicious delights in the now closed Cocoa Atelier on Drury Street

To paraphrase Ms Golightly, nothing bad ever happened there

“Three hours a day, those Chinese kids get, twice the global homework average.” A girl as doing her homework on a street in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Are We There Yet? Parenting is saying the same things over and over again seven million times a day to a deeply apathetic audience(...)

MS was the very last thing that defined Aisling McDermott. Photograph: Frank Miller

Are We There Yet? My kind, clever, outrageous and courageous friend

Paul Timoney aka Stressed Out Steve entertains children as part of his First Fortnight storytelling workshops.

Are We There Yet? The First Fortnight mental health arts festival has lots for kids to do

Dobble: a brilliant game that provides hours of fun for all ages

Are We There Yet? Soak up the history at the Dead Zoo or try one of the Christmas pantos

What books will be under the tree for children this Christmas?

Are We There Yet? From David Walliams to Rebel Girls, these are your favourites

Eating out with children: where are the best places to go?

With a little help from Twitter, we select some great restaurants to feed you and your children

‘The Nutcracker’ at  the Pavilion  was making some of our readers happy this week

Each week we ask what’s making you #IrishTimesHappy

Getting their glow on at Glow in Smithfield, a free family event in Dublin city centre on Saturday

Are We There Yet? Here are some fun family events, from festive singing to flea markets to take your mind off awkward parent teach(...)

A blast from Toy Shows past: Gay Byrne presents ‘The Late Late’ toy show in the 1980s. Photograph: RTE Stills Library

Are We There Yet? Memories of Toy Shows past and things to do with children this weekend

Alpacas in Barretstown are making one reader #IrishTimesHappy.

We asked what was making you #IrishTimesHappy here’s what you said

‘Slippery Stairs’: Men, barefoot, in rubber onesies climbing a stairs made of ice. What’s not to like?

Are We There Yet? A diverting list of things to do with the children in your life

The Luxe performers taking part in the Christmas Procession - enough to get even Scrooge in the mood

Are We There Yet? Read this if you’re scratching your head about things to do with kids

Beth Healy at Wild Lights, running in Dublin Zoo until January.

Are We There Yet? Things to do with children this weekend

Children explore artefacts at the Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny.

Having children around is a great reminder of the life-enhancing mantras you forget as an adult

Deadly dancing at Dracula’s Disco in Meeting House Square, Dublin, on Monday, October 30th

(Sc)are We There Yet? Creepy clowns, Macnas mayhem and deadly dancing. Halloween is coming ...

Get a slice of the immersive, theatrical family fun at Cuskinny House, near Cobh, Co Cork

Are We There Yet: In this new weekly guide we have family events from spooky shenanigans to cheap cinema tickets

Marian Keyes has a new book out called The Break, about a woman with a husband who takes a year long “break” from their marriage. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 53-year-old author talks love, alcohol, depression and the mystery of marriage

Waiting room at a British pregnancy advisory service clinic in Liverpool,  where some Irish women travel to access abortion. Photograph: Cliona Ni Laoi

The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abo(...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice at Ladies Cove in Greystones. Her memoir, I Found My Tribe, is published on July 6th. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Fitzmaurice's memoir 'I Found My Tribe' is a joyful and raw account of life after her husband’s MND diagnosis

‘Charming’ but ‘slightly terrifying’. Róisín Ingle recalls two encounters with the late politician

The grotto in Granard where 15-year-old Ann Lovett gave birth to her son. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From the archive: Thirty-four years ago, a 15-year-old girl in Granard, Co Longford, died giving birth in secret. Here are letters(...)

Hillary Clinton  delivering her concession speech a the New Yorker Hotel in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Dos and don’ts for parents to follow when explaining what happened on the ‘Day of Days’

Lucy Kellaway: her weekly Financial Times column pokes fun at management fads and jargon

Ahead of her appearance at The Gloss’s Look the Business event, the management columnist talks office style

Author and journalist Peggy Orenstein. She talked about her new book Girls & Sex on The Women’s Podcast

On The Women’s Podcast, journalist and author Peggy Orenstein discusses why we need to change how we talk to girls about sex

The British columnist and author spoke to the Women’s Podcast about abortion, Trump, Brexit, fatness and why she has written a boo(...)

So goodbye again. (Again.) Thanks for reading. For caring. For understanding

One day you find yourself longing to be free from the internal and external pressures compelling you to interrupt ordinary moments(...)

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in the film Me Before You, adapted from the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes

Moyes was becoming disillusioned when her novel Me Before You took off. She talks about transferring her story – which tackles eut(...)

The fact that ghee – which, to be clear, is actually clarified butter – had the same name as a Dublin slang word for a certain female body part never made any odds to my brother.

‘Thirty years ago when my brother came home and tried to tell people they should drink ghee, he nearly got ran out of town’

If you tick “No religion” you are striking a small but important blow for equality in the Irish education system.

Ticking the “No religion” box on the census form is no 1916 Rising but it is a peaceful protest against the religious dominance in(...)

Róisín Ingle: Cyclists are punctual and are never held hostage by an untruthful bus timetable. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Cycling can awaken your senses, help you to meet (handsome) new people and provide an excuse to shop

See, I’m fond of Bressie. Not like that, I swear. It’s in a more wholesome way. I don’t generally see age (he’s much younger) or relationship status (he’s in one)

‘Bressie is using his celebrity and life experiences to change this country for the better, and I have huge respect for him. Still(...)

Billy Elliot: The Musical. Photograph: Alastair Muir

Billy Elliot: The Musical has been exhilarating audiences for 11 years. Producer Eric Fellner reveals how a theatrical phenomenon (...)

Wasn’t email supposed to make communication effortless and more efficient?

I am talking, of course, about email inbox overload.

Peace comes dropping quickly on Achill, on Keel strand where a little black dog makes friends in a gale so strong it makes you afraid to get out of the car.

And how to get it back

Alan Moller of the Ulster Aviation Society. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Members of the voluntary Ulster Aviation Society spend their days rebuilding old aircraft. They are a remarkable bunch

Kim and Kylie Kardashian didn’t suffer from the same problem when face swapping

‘Last weekend I bumped into a friend who showed me a load of face-swapping photos – yes, she had swapped faces with her husband, h(...)

Caitlin Moran: “Irish people have the ability of being able to monologue on and on and on and on”

Moran has a lot to say. She talks about her skill for monologues, the reason she is annoyed about Brexit, and the great advice she(...)

‘I didn’t really mean to ask The Dinner Party. I’ve just been asking myself for so long that it came out by mistake, a fully forme(...)

Most every Sunday I wake up and think: Today I will walk down to the Poolbeg Lighthouse. And Sundays come and Sundays go and it ne(...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice at Ladies’ Cove in Greystones, Co Wicklow

Chatto & Windus says literary memoir is ‘an incredible love letter’. ‘I Found My Tribe’ tells of her life with filmmaker Simon Fit(...)

“This Mother’s Day and every day, I’m with Shonda.”

In hindsight, this was probably the worst time I could have possibly chosen to watch the Shonda Rhimes Ted Talk.

Most of these ideas didn’t have legs. Most of them started off with some low-self-esteem addled chick who had fallen hard for some much cooler dude – a busker say or a sound engineer

Be alive to ideas and chances that come your way and who knows what might happen

For all my lofty, liberal, feminist intentions, I’ve been guilty of “front bottoming” the situation with our daughters

Marian Keyes: “We are only here for a nanosecond. All we are is dust on the breeze”

The writer talks about the man who made her cry, why Danny DeVito would play her in the film of her life, and why she regrets gett(...)

And whatever happens with my driving one thing I know for sure is the only reason I have learnt how to drive is because of this instructor. Her name is Olivia and I’m kind of in love with her

I won’t know myself, apparently. I will be driving everywhere. But I am not so sure.

“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.”

If bucket lists are annoying by their very nature then a highly aspirational one is even more of a pain.

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

I can’t say I was thrilled to see the word death in such close proximity to my mother’s name, but the message didn’t exactly put m(...)

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

Five years ago, Keith Harrington showed me a day in the life of a homeless person. He died three years later

“My princess T-shirt fatwa comes from a place of good intent: I played ordinary, common or garden, Lego when I was a child”

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?

They say sticks and stones may break bones but names will never hurt. Well that’s a big lie

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

I work up a sweat in the freezing cold of Dublin and I think of the sunsets and the trip to Dinan where we rented bikes and cycled(...)

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.

Once you discover a new podcast that you love you can binge on it in the same way certain people binge for hours, days and weeks o(...)

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.

‘Big Brother is watching us and ignoring us and hoping we’ll stop bleating on about the misogynistic Eigth Amendment’

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 is just the tonic

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.

‘December is suddenly feeling like very hard work. Most of the time I’d rather be in bed’

All I’m saying is, now more than ever parents don’t have time to teach tidying up so I reckon the schools should take over and Kondo’s bestseller is the obvious text book

If such an event were to occur I would rename myself Minister with responsibility for Bringing Out The Best In Everyone

My family are tucking merrily into the free cheese and wine buffet and taking turns getting their picture taken in front of a sign on a table that says “Reserved for Pamela Anderson” Photograph:  Isa Foltin/Getty Images

I’m a bit nervous, which is like saying Pamela Anderson, who is also due on the show, is ‘a bit famous’

In another life I could see myself here, my head filling up with interesting facts and ideas, my admiration growing for the likes of Doyle and his ability to quote whole passages from the constitution

‘For the first time in my life I am thinking of what I lost and what I could have gained from going to college’

Tiger on Halloween Saturday  was stocked with Santas and Christmas doodahs. Even my children were perplexed and, I couldn’t help notice, a little bit irritated

In the past few days I’ve been irritated by so many things, none of them significant in the larger scheme of things

It’s not just at Halloween that we pretend to be people we are not. Here are some tips on how to do it better

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Not fitting in is no crime but it can often feel like the darkest and most lonely of places

 Donal Skehan: “What really struck a chord with me is the importance of creating long-term positive habits and routines, which is something I had struggled with before”

A different kind of workplace leadership course has come to an end after nine months. Here’s how four fared with Be Your Best

I had decided driving was not going to be one of the things I’d win at in life.

I’m not blaming my mother (much) but my first standout memory of anyone learning to drive is the story of her crashing into the ba(...)

Countess Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army.

“Irishness” can be a challenging concept sometimes. And sometimes all the many shades of it aren’t recognised enough

Sometimes we stayed up late in my kitchen and I was able to tell him of my nerves and dread around sharing my story

Instead of good money after bad, I decide to try to throw a bit of good money after good. Good advice that is.

Thank you everyone in the last week who has taken the time to support and talk about the women in this country who for so long have been denied the right to choose and to be part of that conversation

I am sitting at my desk, bursting with gratitude for so much since I “came out” about my abortion in last week’s magazine

Photograph: Marc O'Sullivan

‘I can’t speak for anyone else. But for me. This was the right thing to do’– Róisín Ingle, in an extract from her new book, writes(...)

"I am secretly delighted that instead of Electric Picnic, this weekend I will continue on a very different mission: I am finally p(...)

‘Cycling from Malin Head to Derry was always going to take more than just training, which between one thing and another – laziness(...)

At the Witnness Festival in Fairyhouse racecourse, Co Meath in 2000, ‘festival virgins spent their time sampling every delight possible’

Inflatable furniture, a poppers stand, and David Gray’s ‘Babylon’ were the hallmarks of Ireland’s biggest rock festival in the yea(...)

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

We stood connected, hearts brimming with gratitude, under blue skies and warm sun

 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

The Australian TV producer on her upbringing in Papua New Guinea and not wanting to be ‘a kept woman’

Joanna Lumley: a big fan of Astral moisturiser. Photograph: Rob Harrison/Getty Images

Plus: great eye make-up remover, skincare, and hair and scalp products

Don McLean in Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Life. Death. Tears. His struggles with fame. The state of the US. Why he sold the lyrics to American Pie . . . it was all on the t(...)

 Rob Kearney: “The margins at the moment between people at high levels in sport or high levels in business are just getting smaller and smaller and smaller.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

‘You are always trying to get these little one percenters from anywhere you can’

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