Architect Dermot Bannon  at home in Drumcondra,  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

An extra bedroom, a new kitchen and clever storage are among the most wanted

Pádraig Ó’Dhonnabháin, a UCC student on Erasmus in Venice. “The teachers and lecturers that I have had so far are really fantastic,” he says.

Taoiseach says one of his ‘big regrets’ is not taking opportunity to study abroad

‘Joggers are almost certainly and unwittingly damaging their lungs by breathing in diesel’

 Maria Androulaki Anna Tsigaridas and Christos Tsigaridas at home in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We talk to three couples from overseas who have rented or bought homes here

Teaching children to cook is a way of sparking an interest in healthy eating. Photograph: Getty Images

It can be difficult for parents to get their children to eat healthy food but teaching them to cook can having a lasting impact on(...)

Simon Says, Swing Your Partner, Meet in the Middle and Follow the Leader are always good fun and plenty of movement can be orchestrated

‘Taking exercise should be part of family life and it needs to be driven by the parents’

Rising numbers of Irish school-leavers are opting to study abroad in countries such as France, the Netherlands and Denmark. Photograph: iStock

For Irish students studying abroad, heavier workloads, less spoonfeeding and more independent learning can be a jolt to the system(...)

Laura Steerman and family: “We’d all rather spend time at the park or playing, doing arts and crafts or just chilling, rather than dusting the shutters or giving the bathrooms a heavy clean.”

While chores may prepare children for life, for some parents it's not worth the hassle

Sophie Buckmaster in hospital. 'It’s very tough having a child in hospital during Christmas, but seeing Sophie so happy and enjoying all the fun stuff she is doing helps us get through it.'

‘The staff have been absolutely amazing and are so thoughtful and caring to her'

Every year (since 1924), the Order of the Knights of St Columbanus have provided a hot meal on Christmas Day for the poor and homeless of Dublin City and surrounding areas – with hundreds of volunteers giving up much of their Christmas day to feed several thousand people.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland has the highest rate of volunteering in Europe

Linda and Frank Comerford with their four children - Michael (16), Darragh (11), Shauna (4) and Frankie (2).

‘It is unbearably frustrating as everyone keeps fobbing us off,’ says Linda Comerford

Niamh Holmes from Dundalk. What looked like an insect bite on her leg turned into something very sinister.

Sarcoma, a rare cancer, can be difficult to detect but is also very aggressive

Chloe, Cian, Tracey, Jamie, Kieran and Callum Smith: “There was no help available to us and while the boys were too young to understand, it was hard on Chloe,” says Tracey

Tracey Smith is still angry over her ordeal before and after her daughter’s stillbirth

Plenty of outlets will deliver a new sofa before Christmas. Photograph: Getty Images

Some bespoke items, such as Italian leather sofas won’t be ready in time but plenty of outlets will deliver before the big day

Caroline McGuigan, of Suicide or Survive (SOS), at the annual forum of the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention, in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘SOS is leading the way through active collaboration which we believe will drive positive social change’

Caroline, left,  in 2017.

When a mother-of-three started eating healthily and set fitness goals, everything changed

Aoife Power: 'Some of my earliest and fondest memories are being outside helping my parents with the gardening.'

Aoife Power grew green fingers in Dublin’s parks, but now her world is window boxes

Parents are placed under increasing pressure to fork out large sums for elaborate and expensive school trips abroad. Photo: iStock

Most second-level schools now organise overseas tours for students. But many question if they are too expensive and have any educa(...)

Katie and David Crosby at the Rock’n’Roll Dublin half-marathon last August.

David Crosby is running the marathon despite having had a double lung transplant

Colleges and universities are increasingly shifting their focus towards “lifelong learning”, identified as a key growth area in education over the coming years. Photo: iStock

Colleges are catering to a rapidly-growing section of the population: retirees

Anne Neary: “I have been using the tomato knife for years and if I had to go to a desert island it is the one kitchen gadget I’d like to bring with me.”

Blending, blitzing and the one-pot wonder are always close to hand in these kitchens

Arun Kapil, author of ‘Fresh Spice’ and founder of Green Saffron,  in Green Saffron, Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Beat Winter series: Spices will undoubtedly add flavour to your cooking but may also improve your health

Cancer Week Ireland runs from Monday, September 25th to Sunday, October 1st

The role of three general categories; genes, age and lifestyle, in the diagnosis of cancer

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

A Canadian study finds screen time is linked to an expressive language delay

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

Heart disease and stroke cause many deaths in Ireland each year. Three survivors speak

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

Holiday houses that are big on memories or in great locations can spark a life change

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

Broadside: Sure we were only gorgeous, we thought: the height of fashion

“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

Adrenalin-pumping rock climbing can help combat depression, and gets you fit

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

The O’Malleys – hospitality veteran Pat and teacher Aoife – spotted the potential in Spanish Point

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

Embrace your summer adventures and create new experiences together as a family

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

Moving here from another country need not be the bureaucratic nightmare you feared

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

Donal Skehan, Constance Cassidy, Deborah Donnelly and Nessa Robins invite us in

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

Apps and web tutors claim to offer a cheap way to gain fluency - but are they effective?

Solicitor and garden designer Emily Neville

This week’s edition also visits an artist on Achill Island and looks at floral furniture

Time to quit: 5,200 people die every year in Ireland from smoking-related illnesses. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Use the available supports to increase your likelihood of kicking the deadly habit

Children playing in the “mud kitchen” of Wigwams Childcare Service, Kilcullen, Co Kildare. Experts say too much screen-time and inactivity is depriving young people of vital lifeskills.

Too much screen-time and inactivity is depriving young people of vital lifeskills

No need to take supplements if the content of your fridge looks like this

Research says ‘multivitamin and mineral preparations promoted for use during pregnancy are unlikely to be needed’

Shirley Hennigar at home: “I’m not ‘fixed’ and never will be. I can only learn how to handle my Black Dog when he visits.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

The more we discuss depression, the easier it becomes for sufferers to seek help and find a means of coping

 Paul Conway at his home in  Co Clare. He regrets putting in timber window frames “as living in the Irish countryside, the wood takes a lot of battering from the weather and the frames have to be repainted every year”. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Three who designed their own homes come clean about the mistakes they made

Paul Walsh of Castle Antiques, Clarecastle, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Owners of antique shops reveal the eclectic gifts visitors to Ireland covet the most

Retired postman Michael O’Donoghue from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, who has recovered from bowel cancer after discovering he had the disease in 2010. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Don’t ignore the symptoms: some 1,000 people die from disease in Ireland every year

Mark Kenna: “I know I’m one of the lucky ones, but only now do I feel my cancer journey has come to an end.”

‘Sometimes nothing can help but always believe in the amazing medical teams’

It’s not all bad news. The reduction in oestrogen during menopause may improve the take-up of oxygen in the muscles

Research shows the menopausal years are the perfect time for physical exercise

‘Pressing that little button on your airline seat to give you a couple more inches may seem like your ‘right’ as a paying customer, but what about the needs of the person behind you?’

Broadside: Your squashed knees are all about their high-flying sense of entitlement

Ali Budan,  a barista  at The Fumbally, Dublin 8, uses a  Clever Dripper or a Kalita Wave, depending on her mood.

Six professional coffee lovers reveal how they prepare their own coffee at home

Pee Wee Pumps - infant footwear that is a step too far

 This year it’s expected that 40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer. March 24th is Daffodil Day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sarah McGinley is just one of the many people with a positive ending to their cancer story. She was diagnosed with cancer of the t(...)

As well as keeping our brains active, learning a new language is an ideal opportunity for making new friends, having new experiences with others and reaching a goal.

Multilingualism has social, cognitive and wellbeing advantages for people of all ages

“Something special”: Bru na Mara in Carna, Connemara, a collection of holiday homes, for sale for €800,000

Foreign customers are in short supply, but the Irish are spending again

Getting your child to eat vegetables can be challenging – but not impossible if you adopt the right approach. Photograph:  Getty Images

Don’t lure them with a lollipop to eat greens, or keep serving food they don’t like

The Merriman Tavern, Scariff, Co Clare

Drawing pictures for Enya, and singing songs for Planxty was all part of life over the bar in Scariff, Co Clare

A teenage disco in Kilkenny caused uproar by enforcing a dress code and banning what they called 'deplorable' dresses but boys hav(...)

“Now that Peter Capaldi, the 12th doctor, has announced his departure for the next season, many people are calling for the 13th doctor to be female – a Time Lady, if you like.”

Broadside: Women don’t need to stand in men’s shoes, they can have their own characters

Aiming high: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with Seán McHugh (11) and Jamie Smyth(11), from Scoil Chiaráin CBS, at the Healthy Clubs launch in Donnycarney, Dublin. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Mickey Harte and star players tour country’s clubs to battle obesity epidemic

‘Britain’s toughest teacher’ Katharine Birbalsingh at the Michaela Community School in north-west London during a visit by former London mayor Boris Johnson. The school has been dubbed ’the strictest school in Britain’.

Tiger Teachers: Principal of Michaela Community School Katharine Birbalsingh and her staff have published a book to educate other (...)

Marion Morrissey from Co Limerick was diagnosed with psoriasis at 15.

Up to 140,000 people in Ireland have psoriasis with many developing psoriatic arthritis

Stove safety: no standard cert for safe installation of stoves in Ireland, according to an expert

Stoves mean a warmer home and lower fuel bills but with installation issues and a lack of safety certification, stove-related dome(...)

Nothing beats a written thank you note, particularly when it comes from a child

Broadside: A thank you costs nothing, so teach your child to acknowledge presents

Anti-gravity  yoga: Work-outs involve body strengthening and  stretching followed by meditation.

Whether it is Nordic walking, gravity-defying yoga or hockey, it’s all about having fun

Garda Laura Conlon: “As well as the usual burglaries, road traffic accidents and domestic violence that we may have to deal with, we will also receive plenty of calls from people looking for advice.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As the country slows down for Yuletide many rescue workers will be hard at work

Sarah Crowe, Emily Doyle, Maria Doyle and Katie Stoker Phelan of the RTÉ Cór na nÓg children’s choir  in Croke Park in December 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

All of us are touched by songs and music, and singing can improve your health and mood

Danny Mac and  Oti Mabuse, Strictly Come Dancing. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

“Get out and shake your booty - It’s good for the body, the mind and the spirit. We were born to dance”. Arlene Harristakes lesson(...)

Dr Claire Moran and her husband have three children – Dylan (5), Freddie (3)  and Emily (1) – and both work full-time. She agrees with the report saying interaction with other youngsters has been hugely beneficial to her children.

Children who attend creches or spend time with grandparents do better than those of stay-at-home parents

“If the part-time activist is to be believed, the child will not be referred to as either male or female and will be brought up as gender neutral.”

Broadside: to bring up a child without referring to gender is nonsense

About 13 per cent of Irish population afflicted by pain every day, most of it in lower back area

  Michael Kivlehan with his wife Dhara who died  a week after giving birth to her first child. Ms Kivlehan’s story is just one of those highlighted at a new exhibition that runs in the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co Clare, until Saturday

The Courthouse Gallery event tells the stories of women who died during childbirth

A nurse prepares a syringe, as students are being urged to get vaccinated against meningitis. File photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Warning issued after significant rise in number of cases of the disease in last year

My son’s phone fell into a swimming pool. Despite leaving it in the sun for several hours to dry, the device was truly defunct

Stressful events can occur in even the most relaxing of holidays. Here’s how to deal with common issues

No one is too young or too old to dance – as long as you are able to move, everyone can get involved. Photograph: iStockphoto

It’s time to shake your booty, regardless of whether you are a toddler or a pensioner

Claire Fox, the author of I Find that Offensive, feels that issues such as childhood obesity have been “catastrophised”

The easily offended are less able to cope with life, warns author of 'I Find That Offensive'

Flowers on the Burren: ‘When I was a kid I went to the Burren on many school tours,’ says Áine Mae O’Mahony, who lost her sight in 2007. Photograph: Istockphoto

Burren Beo Trust tours are aimed at making the Burren accessible to everybody

Michael Ryan: ‘Getting to help bring new life into the world, being the first person to hold a new human as they take their first breath of air was a huge privilege.’

Michael Ryan (21) is a student doctor in his final year at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Photograph: Getty Images

Upwards of 40,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year

Service by the HSE facilitates the care of older people with home comforts

Reaching out: “We would encourage an increase in the consumption of fruit and vegetables,” says the HSE’s Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe. Photograph: Getty Images

Treating diseases caused by obesity currently uses up the most healthcare resources

Prof Owen Smith: the best part is treating patients with the primary intention of curing them.

Owen Smith works as a consultant paediatric haematologist at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin and also has a role as a special advis(...)

Rosemary Kratschmar and her son, Sammy. Photograph:  Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Rosemary and Siegi Kratschmar have four grown-up children. Sammy, the youngest, is 23 years old. He has Down’s syndrome, hearing l(...)

Mark Hyland and his daughters, Alison (12) and Erica (6), who both have a rare skin condition called epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Sisters Alison and Erica were born with epidermolysis bulosa

Peadar Maxwell is a  senior psychologist within the HSE in Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Peadar Maxwell is senior child psychologist for the HSE in Wexford

Drinking more than your liver can cope with means alcohol remains in your bloodstream and will continue to place a strain on the functions of your organs for several hours after you have stopped drinking.

Experts believe we should cut alcohol down – or out – for the next few weeks

Many groups offer bereaved parents and siblings support

‘Is it normal for the bereaved to feel they want to ‘cancel’ Christmas?’

Karen Sherry from Baldoyle in Dublin pictured with her four-month old son Sonny Murphy. Sonny will be spending Christmas in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

What’s Christmas like for an emergency call operator, a firefighter, a garda and a family with a sick child?

Psychologist Dr David Carey  believes we should all make singing a part of our everyday lives. “I would encourage everyone to burst into song – make it loud, make it joyous or sad, but make sure you burst into song,” he says.

Don’t worry about whether you can hold a tune, burst into song and feel great about it

James O’Reilly on the 2015 mHealth Grand Tour from Geneva to Brussels.

Law graduate James O’Reilly cycled from Geneva to Brussels to help research into type 1 diabetes

Richard Barrett, left, had a stroke while driving a council truck, but his colleague, Paul Treacy, responded quickly to the situation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish Heart Foundation awards recognise commitment to help stroke survivors rebuild lives

Megan Corcoran, a Communications student in DCU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We catch up with Leaving Cert veterans of a stress management course to see if they still feel the benefit

Paula Murphy and John Carroll with three of their five children, Cillian and twins Cian and Mark, at their home in Carron, Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

In Ireland, 10% of infants are born every year too early, too small and too sick

Katie Cooke runs with Dr Colin Doherty at the start of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on October 26th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teenager Katie Cooke ran the Dublin marathon in four hours despite having seven seizures along the way

Dr Orla Killeen, paediatric rheumatologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin: ‘Most people are stunned when they hear about a child with arthritis, as it’s generally thought of as an older person’s disease.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘There have been incredible advances in the treatment of arthritis in recent years’

Niteline is a confidential helpline for for third-level students, run by students from Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Niteline is a free, confidential out-of-hours helpline where volunteers offer their time to listen and advise fellow students abou(...)

Laois footballer Colm Begley and  Movember’s Justin Coghlan at the announcement of a partnership between Movember, the GAA, and the GPA at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The Movember Foundation is hoping to get the male population up on its feet to help tackle obesity

Annie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Anne Cooney is the ‘healthy campus’ co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology

 Dr Declan de Freitas, consultant nephrologist and transplant physician at Beaumont Hospital, in  a meeting with Aileen Counihan, in the transplant co-ordinators office. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Declan de Freitas is a consultant nephrologist and transplant physician at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Our Lady of Lourdes Hos(...)

Carol Breen: ‘Take care of your heart as it is not until problems arise that you realise how vital it is.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/ Provision

No one expects to have problems with their heart until they are older, but atypical symptoms can appear at an earlier age

A walk with forest, lake and flowers ends with freshly baked treats and hot drinks

Graeme Singleton with his wife, Grace, and their son, Lee. ‘When we started trying [for a baby], we expected to conceive straight away and when it didn’t happen, I really began to worry.’

Early detection meant fewer complications for me, and no effect on fertility

High heels and skinny jeans: How much are you prepared to suffer in the name of fashion? Photograph: Thinkstock

Are some clothes bad for your health? We separate fact from fiction

Addiction counsellor Frank Harkin, in the grounds of Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Frank Harkin sees clients across a spectrum of addictions, writes Arlene Harris

Prof Ken McDonald leads a virtual consultation.

Virtual consultations aim to reduce appointment waiting times and increase patient care

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