Kieran Stanley at Berlin Zoo: ‘As a zoo designer it is my task to help make conservation experienceable’

Some people think zoos incarcerate animals. They’re actually about conservation, he says

Muriel McEvoy from Dublin, 1947-2021

After being diagnosed with dyslexia, she made sure her children valued education

Mario Kinsella, who is originally from Dublin, on the shore of Lake Erie: ‘The white mounds are called ice dunes. They are very dangerous to walk on, as they could be 1mm or 1m thick’

Pulmonary physician Mario Kinsella expects coronavirus effects to linger for 30-40 years

Florence (Florrie) Murphy: a people person before management consultants wrote books about it

This Bray woman took up running in her late 40s. You couldn’t catch her, let alone stop her

Sculptor and artist Annika Berglund: “The virus is consuming us all now.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Artist Annika Berglund plans to enter virus pieces in RDS knitting and stitching show

File photograph: iStock

The coronavirus crisis threatens to worsen the menopause-medication shortage

 Anthea McTiernan: ‘Don’t let uncertainty get you. We need you on the other side.’ Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Anthea McTiernan: It is actually lovely having you in our world. We wish you weren’t though

Pokemon are go

‘Pet a meerkat, buy a cat hat, eat a sea urchin, heated toilet seats, drink a can of wine -this is the life’

Chelsea Douglas, Lauren Ellen Dunne, Lucinda Haines, Lynn Casey, Mark Gray and Dillon Owen  who have helped develop Tusla’s website for young people. Photograph: Alan Betson

No Child 2020: A new website – created by children, for children – explains the care system

Peter Donegan at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme, northern France

Garden at the Château de Péronne will mark the Irish contribution in WW1

Ed Sheeran concert in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on May 16th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London’s Irish community get ready for a blast of Ed Sheeran

Brian Heffernan receives his award as best individual volunteer from the award sponsor Conor Foley of IIBN,  with nominator Guy Bolongaro (left)

Awards showcase the work of volunteers who support the Irish community in England

Bring your own migration memories and objects and share them at Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin  on May 26th and 27th.

Emigration museum is collecting stories for EU project on how migration enriches the world

‘You play a better tune on an old guitar because you know where your fingers go.’ Tammy WhyNot (Lois Weaver)

‘I’m old and Peggy’s old and we want our peer group around us at this moment to have these questions addressed’ – Lois Weaver is l(...)

David: “I would come out of a sex worker’s place and be straight on my phone searching for my next encounter. There was no satisfaction.” Photograph: iStock

David’s sex addiction drove him to the point of trying to castrate himself

‘I was working abroad when I attempted to take my own life, so I was committed to a lunatic asylum abroad’

‘I got to a point where the thing driving my life was something I could not fight’

‘I knew I had crossed a line when I was drinking in the morning,  the afternoon, and  the evening’

Declan could see he was going down a slippery slope and that he had to do something

97 Harold’s Cross cottages, where Anthea McTeirnan and Kevin Webster tried to bring up their first-born son

We found it a squeeze to rear one child in the space that might once have housed six kids

Study finds women get happier in retirement before overtaking men in their 80s

Beatrix Campbell giving a keynote speech to the seventh annual Countess Markievicz School in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Anthea McTeirnan

Beatrix Campbell gives keynote speech to Countess Markievicz School

Dr Peter Boylan former Master of the National Maternity Hospital. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

‘Catholic teaching runs contrary to many of the things that need to be done in maternity’

Marian Keyes at the World Congress on Women’s Mental Health on Wednesday: “When the procedure is done, the woman is rarely given opportunities to process what she’s undergone. To avoid the judgment of her tribe, it’s safer for her to stay silent.”

The pro-choice author’s latest novel shines a harsh light on ‘fear and silence’ in Ireland

Cheaper food! Britons have been promised that Thai prawns  will cost 36p less  once the UK is free of EU shackles.

Sterling’s fall is already pushing up the price of food in Britain, which imports 48% of it

“Rights, Resilience, Recovery” is  the  theme of   the 2017 World Congress on Women’s Mental Health taking place in the RDS  from March 6th-9th

Women’s mental health in the spotlight as global forum comes to Dublin

Two years ago in Japan, mental health experts chose Ireland as the next country to stage the World Congress on Women’s Mental Health and when they became aware of the abortion laws here they were unanimously ‘shocked’

‘Every woman who travels from Ireland for an abortion – their mental health is affected’

Double day: Valentines and a birthday all at once

Reasons to be fearful and cheerful at having your birthday on Valentine’s Day

President Donald Trump introduces first lady Melania Trump at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photograph: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

The President has reportedly said that women in the White House should “dress like women”

Strike 4 Repeal: a video promoting the the campaign, inspired by action taken by women in Poland, has been viewed more than 430,000 times

March 8th ‘non-traditional’ action to push for referendum on Eighth Amendment

‘You understand what it is to be different. Some people thought that your heavily accented vowels may have conflicted with President Trump’s message of an aspirational national purity. They were wrong about that.’

A letter to the new First Lady, urging her to use her outsider status to everyone’s advantage

Maitre d’ Mateo Saina has the nickname “the Croatian sensation”.

More episodes, more matches, and there’s a gap in the market for over 70s...

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. The Department of Justice and Equality is holding public meetings in relation to the National Women’s Strategy 2016 -2020.

National Women’s Council urges engagement with new National Women’s Strategy

The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th centuries

In the the wake of their decision to leave the EU, the festive season may not be the same in the UK

Naoimi Oldenburg, one of the volunteers on the Women’s Aid Helpline over the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘No one should have to spend Christmas or any day of their lives like these women’

Ailbhe Smyth speaking at the Women Rising 2016 rally on Rosie Hackett bridge, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Mark Stedman

There is nothing shrill about calling out inequality, whatever Oliver Callan thinks

Artists Laura McMorrow and Ciarán Hussey, above, cycled 10,000km as they travelled from Japan to Ireland

Couple peddled 10,000km in epic trip that took them through Mongolia and Siberia

 A group of women react as  results come in at a Hillary Clinton   election night event in New York. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

What message does the election of Donald Trump send to women?

The gender pay gap in Ireland is 13.6 per cent. “The pay gap has actually widened over recent years and one of the reasons for that is women are predominating in low-paid jobs,” says Niamh Allen of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Illustration: Sorbetto

Women earn 13.6% less than men, which amounts to working seven weeks for free

 Isis Oriana Petrova Godfrey-Glynn: “It has calmed down a little. I haven’t got as many weird reactions recently.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Isis Oriana Petrova Godfrey-Glynn was born in Galway 34 years ago. In her 20s, the meaning of her name changed for many people, bu(...)

Peak cleavage: Kim Kardashian, J Lo and Jennifer Aniston

Vogue UK says the cleavage is out but here’s the thing: fashion is all fun and games until somebody goes under the knife to change(...)

Grown-ups accompanying children on the trick-or-treating circuit should keep their distance. Photograph: Istock

Don’t give them almonds or fruit, throw a big party, add lots of blood and chewy sweets and everything will be fine

The Late Late men: Robbie Williams, Johnny Sexton and Graham Norton

With nine men and one woman on the show tonight, some are wondering if there really is something for everyone in the audience

The Dublin Hun. Illustration by Aoife Dooley

The Dublin Hun’s first book pays warm tribute to feisty working-class women, along the way giving tips on perfecting a Hun Bun and(...)

Perfumer Jo Malone is dyslexic and uses red stickers to indicate to her team that she’s approved a new product. Photograph: Andrew Meredith

Perfumer cried when Leave side won but she’s determined for it not to affect her business

 Donald Trump who was recorded making lewd comments about women: the sound of women shouting “stop” is getting louder. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Assaulting women has been going on in plain sight for too long – it has never been okay, and it will never be okay

Ciara Neville: won gold in the 100m at the European Youth Olympics in Georgia

Three high achievers talk about what motivates them – and why we need a day for girls

What’s great about being a girl? Girls “don’t have to look hard or tough”. Transition year students from Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin, speaking on the UN International Day of the Girl. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teenage girls talk about role models, abortion rights and Kim Kardashian

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban  for advocating education for girls, speaks about her fight for girls’ education on the International Day of the Girl in   2013, at the World Bank in Washington. Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

The International Day of the Girl aims to change things now – and create a better future

Anna Golden, age 17: “Being a girl can mean discrimination, intimidation, child marriage, sexual assault, FGM and a denial of basic human rights.”

For International Day of the Girl we asked: what’s good and what’s bad about being a girl

For the birds: Prada is selling an €8,000 ostrich skin handbag. Seriously.

Broadside: Not as long as luxury brand bags come with their own waiting lists

Lorraine Maher, aged nine and today, who is curating the  exhibition of photos of mixed-race Irish people at the London Irish Centre in Camden.

A new exhibition in London challenges the perceptions of what Irish people look like

A hunk by any other name: Aidan Turner as Poldark. Photograph: BBC
In praise of men

How to be Man: Anthea McTeirnan counts the ways why we love men

Latin is going out of fashion in Irish classrooms. And that is sad

Anthea McTeirnan: ‘Growing up in Birmingham in a sea of Irish voices, I thought Ireland was a green nirvana. Having lived here for 26 years, I think it is unconscionable that the Irish State should stop women having an abortion here’

The English didn’t break Irish women’s spirit. Ireland does that all by itself, writes Anthea McTeirnan, in our series on the rela(...)

Shannon Yee,  outside Belfast City Hall: Yee’s play, ‘Reassembled, Slightly Askew’, is part of this year’s  Fringe Festival in Dublin. Photograph:  Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Shannon Yee had a sinus infection that resulted in brain surgery. Now she’s written a Fringe play about why she’s lucky

National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor. The council is to campaign for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NWCI says the issue ‘must be top of our feminist agenda’ in new strategic plan

Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell are at teh helm of this year’s X-Factor. Photograph: Syco/Thames TV/PA

Can familiar faces rejuvenate the ageing pop format?

The film set of BBC TV series Ripper Street at the Kings Inns in Dublin last year. Series four starts tonight (August 22nd). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Remember that no one ever stood trial for those brutal serial killings

Tommy Harvey in Kilkee Co Clare with a photograph of himself and other workers digging the underground in London. Photogaph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Tommy Harvey and his Tunnel Tigers’ pivotal role in opening up the Victoria Line

‘Judge Lynch replied, with learned accuracy: “You are a bit of a c*** yourself”.’  Photograph: David Barrett/Photoshot

Judge under fire for using the C-word in court in response to swearing defendant

Bob Geldof: “This is a rock’n’roll festival. When you come to a rock’n’ roll festival you dress for a rock’n’roll festival.” Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Many left family event in Essex after singer launched expletive-laden outburst

Summertime groove:  The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

On the hottest day of the summer, here’s a hot countdown of 10 sultry classics

French kissing, good bread and protesting are just some of the things we can thank them for

  Andrea Leadsom  after she withdrew from the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and British prime minister  on Monday. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

If you have to be a mother to lead a country, the playing field might as well be razed

Nia Temple Sanchez alongside with Donald Trump, was Miss USA in 2014.  Trump has since  sold the franchise

Heralding the end of women strutting their stuff with their baps out may take more time

First-hand experience of Ireland’s residential-care system: Mark Gray, Lucinda Haines, Oisín Keegan and Sophie Flanagan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Young adults with experience of Irish residential care came together with children still in the system for an ‘agenda day’ of pizz(...)

Arguably celebrity endorsements for remaining in the EU fell on deaf ears in the way celebrity endorsements for shampoo don’t.

One can’t help feeling that a letter signed by the cast of Geordie Shore might have had more effect than Cumberbatch and Elba's at(...)

Flag day: the  European Union flag  and a  Union Jack. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

With Britain turning its back on a Euro-Vision, here is our (almost-definitive) soundtrack

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (right) and assistant Roy Keane celebrate qualifying for the round of 16 after the Euro 2016 Group E match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. Photograph: John Walton/PA

‘If Keane’s enthusiastic cuddle with manager Martin O’Neill showed us anything, it is that absolutely any man can embrace his feel(...)

Femi Oluwele outside the Rotunda Birmingham. “A lot of this referendum has been xenophobia disguised as patriotism,” he says. “Even when most economic experts are saying we’d be better to remain, immigration is still being raised as an issue.”

With just a few days until vote, all seem to be accommodating each other’s differences

Half-time huddle:  Cuala GAA senior footballers talk tactics. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘The Irish Times’ has picked the winner of its Best Sports Club in Ireland competition: Cuala GAA, an urban club with a parish fee(...)

Yet if men are serious about stopping other men beating, raping and killing women they must speak out

Women’s Aid director Margaret Martin at the launch of the Impact Report 2015: “We look forward to the restoration of the 30 per cent cut the domestic violence sector has faced.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women’s Aid helpline received 12,041 calls about domestic violence during 2015

Women’s Aid will publish its Impact Report for 2015 on Wednesday, which shows that its helpline services received 12,041 calls last year and heard details of 16,375 domestic abuse case.

Domestic violence agency says women more at risk from current or ex- partners than strangers

Object in foreground by Grayson Perry. The artist has been inspired by the City of London’s bankers and traders to create a huge glazed ceramic penis.

“It is stating the bleeding obvious,” said Perry. “But that’s kind of what needs stating.

Pornhub says it will show videos that feature basic positions as well as more acrobatic and athletic ones such as the “Squat and Thrust” and “Missionary Press”.

Pornhub’s interactive game is the ‘fitness method gyms don’t want you to know about’

Hurry if you still want to enter the ‘Irish Times’ Best Sports Club in Ireland competition

Top pitches: the competition has had strong nominations for basketball. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The ‘Irish Times’ Best Sports Club in Ireland competition has almost 1,000 entries so far, from 31 counties. Enter and you could w(...)

Last year in Ireland, almost 4,000 children were born to parents who live together but are not married.

Not giving people who organise their lives outside of marriage a box to tick on the Census form is not really acceptable.

Katie and Daniel on the Irish version of First Dates

Excitement, hope and hairspray fill the air as Coco Television films Ireland’s own version of the reality TV show. Among the innov(...)

Anyone reading Maestra will certainly brush up their sexual expertise.

The author of Maestra talks to The Women’s Podcast about novel sex and being touted as the new EL James

Students take part in the  TCD Privilege Walk at the university’s Front Square. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Need for ‘levelling playing fields’ emphasised at university event

Talk to the Donald hand: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on March 29th in  Janesville, Wisconsin. The state’s primary is on April 5th. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Can the Republican presidential candidate do women any more wrong?

Ifrah Ahmed  with Somali prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. Photograph: Ifrah Ahmed.

Ifrah Ahmed to advise prime minister on gender issues such as female genital mutilation

‘Sing Street’ recreates 1980s Dublin. What else was going on at the time?

Madonna: not even jumping around in front of a packed Melbourne stadium of slavering fans can fizz up the empty nester “flatness”, it seems. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Broadside: These days, an empty nest by the time many parents reach the current age of Madonna is probably just a pipe dream

Top scores: Emma Byrne, Susan Whelan, Stephanie Roche, Sonia O’Sullivan and Leona Maguire

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've found an outstanding bunch of Irish women whose influence is felt around the world. (...)

Independent TD Joan Collins; Maria Walsh; National Women’s Council director Orla O’Connor; Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell; Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan; Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers; and Ivana Bacik at the women’s day event at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New TDs share their election experiences before International Women’s Day

A selection of quilt panels depicting 77 women who were involved in the Rising

A group of 77 female activists have sewn a commemorative quilt marking 77 remarkable women who were involved in the 1916 Rising

Seanad hopeful Laura Harmon:  “I want to be a Senator who represents the views of modern Ireland.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Contender played prominent role in campaign for Yes vote in marriage referendum

Women should have a say in what their maternity care looks like

“If you were asking someone to speak at your funeral, it would be someone you know”

The Rotunda’s chief librarian Anne O’Byrne prepares for the exhibition. “All of human life was here,” she says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women dodged bullets during Easter week 1916 to walk to the Rotunda to give birth. An exhibition tells the remarkable stories of f(...)

Alice Mary Higgins (left) of the National Women’s Council of Ireland with  Orla O’Connor: Ms Higgins has announced she is to run for the Seanad. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alice Mary Higgins will contest seat on NUI panel on range of equality-related issues

Chris Ricketts: “I tried to be the best woman I could. I even got my ears pierced.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Chris Ricketts was brought up a girl but has always felt gender-fluid and wishes that society could move beyond rigid labels

Ballot Paper. More women than ever will be on ballot papers as a result of gender quotas. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Debate over democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will have an echo in Irish election because of gender quotas

Maya Angelou: “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Photograph: Chester Higgins jnr/The New York Times

Broadside: From breasts to quotas and from knickers to periods, we women have so much to be glad about

Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who is in the running for a best-actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Joy’. Photograph: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU/Getty Images)

Treats for acting and directing nominees this year also include $30k worth of skin cream and a 15-day walking tour of Japan

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