Mother and daughter Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum: in a reversal of stereotypes, the mother is racehorse thin with an androgynous Keith Richards type of glamour, while the daughter is curved, with a beautiful face lit up on occasion by Ruby Woo lipstick by Mac. Photograph: Kacie Tomita

The mother and daughter who run the StyleLikeU website are striving to change the ‘be thin and rich’ culture that permeates the fa(...)

Ciara and Arthur (left), and  Aisling and Aoibheann. Photograph: Eoghan Garvey

Participation in a mother and baby group led to a wonderful support network for five women in the hectic first year of motherhood

Strange journey: Linda Ervine at her office. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Linda Ervine, a sister-in-law of the late unionist politician David Ervine, is introducing the Irish language to loyalist parts of(...)

Meik Wiking, director of Denmark’s institute for happiness research: ‘I never worked so hard, earned so little or had so much fun.’ Photograph: Carlos Manuel Sánchez

Since the 1970s Denmark has come top of the Eurobarometer survey on happiness. Here’s why

Postman Noel Adamson in Clontarf. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Noel Adamson and Damien Tuohy are close observers of their communities in Clontarf in Dublin and Gort in Galway. They both love th(...)

Lennart Lajboschitz: ‘If you try 10 things and eight don’t succeed, most people aren’t happy. But I’m happy if two things out of 10 succeed, and the rest is experience’

From their Danish base, Lennart Lajboschitz and his wife, Suz, have sold their vision of design-led, low-cost retail all over the (...)

Sal Khan, who set up the Khan Academy’s first non-digital school 10 months ago and believes pupils should not be segregated on the basis of age

Interview: Sal Khan went from tutoring his cousin to setting up Khan Academy, a not-for-profit online school. He talks about his o(...)

Amanda McCarthy, a carer employed by an agency in Booterstown, Co Dublin. ‘If I wanted to, I could work Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day. That’s the demand there is for this type of care.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Amanda McCarthy is a carer employed by a private agency. She looks after older people in their own homes

Knight is against middle-aged women getting on top during sex. ‘Put a mirror on the floor and straddle it. Now look down. Yep. That’s the view.’ Photograph: Graham Jepson/Writer Pictures

The Sunday Times columnist doesn’t hold back in her book about middle age and the menopause. Nuggets include the best person to go(...)

Sheila O’Flaherty, a senior psychiatric social worker, in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Flaherty is a senior psychiatric social worker with the child and adolescent mental health services for north Co Dublin

Andrew Trimble: The Ulster and Ireland winger received a ligament injury to his big toe during Ulster’s Pro12 game against Glasgow on October 11th. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The Ulster and Ireland rugby winger is watching a lot of television following a ligament injury to his big toe. So how did it feel(...)

Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

He was the boy from Macroom who became a teacher, historian, politician and thorn in the side of ‘republicans’. Now 87, the profes(...)

The Pip: small and fob-like, it fits between finger and thumb and measures stress

A Dublin firm has come up with the Pip – it measures stress and plays scenarios that may calm you down

Declan Bowens, who runs the Back into Daylight sanctuary in Co Meath, and Louis the goat. Photograph: Alan Betson

At the age of nine Declan Bowens became vegetarian, and later vegan. ‘Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should,’ he says (...)