Aisling Byrne, domestic abuse survivor, features in Tabú, Ag Teacht Slán: ““Even with the safety order in place, what she calls the psychological torture continued. “I would wake up and he’d be standing over me.”

‘He was telling me not to see my friends . . . I thought that was love’

Ask someone from outside Dublin what they’d do to improve their part of the world, and the answers, I suspect, would be things Dubliners take for granted

We walk to school, pubs, restaurants. The sea is 10 minutes away. What’s not to like?

Serena Williams: GQ’s “woman” of the year

Why did the magazine put the word woman in quotation marks? A backhanded compliment? Or tone deaf to implications?

Mícheál  Ó Súilleabháin who  died last week at the age of 67, after a long illness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funeral mass organised with ‘detailed precision’ by composer prior to his death

“In the days of my grandmother and Maura Laverty, cookbooks were not the equivalent of scatter cushions for your kitchen, accessories designed to make your shelves look smart.” Photograph: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: Food is an endlessly rich lexicon of joy, desire, friendship and love

Lesbian kiss: Jack White posted this photograph of Beatles fans in 1964 to express his disappointment at Allyson MacIvor’s treatment at his Edmonton concert. Photograph: Mirrorpix/Getty

Allyson MacIvor’s tolerance of intolerance at a Jack White gig is a social-media lesson for all

Judy Blume’s “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” was deliciously illicit, bold enough to give the nuns in our convent primary school an instant coronary

Jennifer O’Connell: That's the paradox of becoming a parent

Sexy Donald Trump, sexy anonymous New York Times op-ed, Native American princess

Halloween might be your only chance to choose from ‘sexy’, ‘sexier’ or ‘phwoar’

Peter McVerry photographed by Nick Bradshaw

‘There are 15,000 people homeless. And much worse is coming down the road’

Photograph: iStock

A mouse legged it across the diningroom floor. The rest is history

Menstrual cup: the American actor Leona Chalmers patented the first one, in 1937. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The Tampax Cup shows the politics of periods are changing – but still too slowly

By the time puberty strikes, girls are already playing down their ambitions, frightened to fail, or to be seen as “pushy”, “bossy” or a “show off”. Illustration: Getty Images

Girls are chided for being pushy or bossy. But ambition should be celebrated

Mixtape etiquette: mixtapes were a crucial part of the courtship ritual in the 1980s and early 1990s

Jennifer O'Connell: Add slow sets to the list of things I love that are already, or about to become, obsolete

Modern, independent-minded feminist Meghan Markle. And Harry

Kate Middleton acted like childbirth was no tougher than a game of croquet, writes Jennifer O’Connell

“There are no real shops, and I have no car, and the restaurant is unexpectedly closed for holidays.”

People began to notice the old man with the neat white hair, paint-spattered cuffs and the cotton bag that held his sketchbook

Rebecca Humpries, actor and writer, struck a blow for anyone who has ever been cheated on

Strictly star and comedian Seann Walsh’s ex-girlfriend walked away with dignity and power

Porn in public: if somebody decides that’s how they want to pass their commute, is there anything, other than embarrassment or a sense of decency, to suggest they shouldn’t? Photograph: E+/Getty

Navigating the etiquette of watching porn in public is actually pretty simple. Don’t

Alison Farrell. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Four young transgender people on growing up, coming out and being accepted

By the time you read this, unless I’ve had another wobble, I’ll be up a mountain. Photograph: Getty Images

I once scored 95% on the extrovert scale, which basically means I’m terribly needy

As the Scally report made clear last week, society might have moved on, but some things haven’t changed. Photograph: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: Sexually censorious attitudes create stigma and cost lives

Katie Hopkins: now having to put up with the indignity of bleeding-heart liberals’ sympathy. Photograph: Getty

The undoing of hate-peddler Hopkins is the perfect parable for the age of outrage

Terms like ‘working mother’ reinforce notions about how the burden of domestic work should be subdivided, diminishing the increasingly vital role played by men. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O’Connell: Yes, I am a mother who works, but is there any other kind?

Serena Williams cartoon: Mark Knight’s depiction of the tennis player has been condemned as racist and sexist. Photograph: Herald Sun/AFP/Getty

Irish observers might be reminded of our grim history at the hands of ‘Punch’

New ‘digital wellbeing’ tools are being rolled out by tech giants. Photograph: Getty

The social media giant wants to make us less tech-dependent. Isn't it a little late for that?

Sleep is not optional. Getting only six hours a night is a form of slow euthanasia

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin: top row, Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

Jennifer O’Connell: Race for the Áras is like the first round of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’

Tess Holliday cosmo cover

Plus-size model Tess Holliday's cover shoot causes controversy but is obesity the real issue?

Education is about broadening the mind, but school is often about narrowing the horizons: wearing a uniform, obeying the rules, discovering that society and your classmates have expectations for you. Photograph: Getty

Jennifer O’Connell: Gender neutrality is all very well, but children want to fit in at school

the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Where can you buy his socks? Which predecessor once put a dead body on trial?

 Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington. He called the abuse of children “a terrible tragedy”, as though it was a calamity no one could have foreseen or stopped.  Photograph: EPA/Ettore Ferrari

The church’s playbook for dealing with abuse in Pennsylvania is horribly familiar

Asia Argento  came to prominence in the early days of #MeToo with her accusations against Harvey Weinstein. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The #MeToo movement is experiencing growing pains as it enters a new phase

Daithi O Se poses with the 2018 Rose of Tralee contestants at Kilmainham Hospital.  Photograph: Collins

Give Daithi a night off, and make it a show for real women who shop in Penneys, may be over 28, don’t want to marry and have opini(...)

Children asleep on metal chairs in Tallaght Garda station on the night of August 8th after they and their mother were forced to sleep there due to lack of emergency accommodation. Photograph: PA Wire

Next time you’re moved to fury by something happening to children in Trump’s America, spare a thought for the children in Ireland

US president Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault. The former staffer and one-time “Apprentice” contestant secretly recording conversations with her co-workers, including the president. File photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

'Doing an Omarosa' is as easy as opening an app. But are you breaking the law?

Lucy Prendeville of Tullamore, Co Offaly, who got eight A1s in the Leaving Cert in 2015. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Reframe your parents’ expectations. And yours. Avoid social media. If necessary, lie

Utah-based Kyl and Brent Myers have not revealed their child’s biological sex or assigned a gender identity. They are sharing the experience of bringing up Zoomer on Instagram.

Number of parents interested in exploring different approaches is growing

One kiss or two, or may be three. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O'Connell: We pretend we’re worldly Europeans, then someone goes for a cheek kiss and the pretence melts away

As a study of 25 years of Vogue cover stars shows how uniform our conception of beauty is, magazine editors say they’ll embrace mo(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The falsehoods, euphemisms and face-saving ruses that helped make us what we are

f I’m honest, the earwigging possibilities offered by the train have always been one of its chief pleasures. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘People who have a habit of moving their lips silently when they read tend to be given a wide berth’

Bosca Brexit: the best of Ireland

From Sudocrem to 7Up to Marian Keyes: the best of Ireland is going into our Bosca Brexit

Sperm counts are falling across the developed world. The truth about the male fertility timebomb

Jennifer O’Connell: how can two working parents survive the kids’ summer holidays? Photograph: Getty

Jennifer O’Connell: I love long vacations – when I’m participating in them

On Twitter, there is an urgent flurry of tweets every time the mercury nudges closer to 30 degrees. Someone starts the usual calls to restore the Wibbly Wobbly Wonder to its rightful place in the canon of HB’s greatest hits.

For the first time in living memory, families are debating how much they’re prepared to pay to not have to go on holiday

All of these lists and biz psych books, like so much of our corporate culture, are predicated on the same definition of a life well lived as a life spent in relentless pursuit of some other state.

We’ve an insatiable appetite for people roaring at us about where we’re going wrong

Video gaming: John Sharry’s advice to parents is to promote positive habits and set some rules. Photograph: E+/Getty

For most, the worst result of too much time gaming is just too much time gaming

“My household is about to enter, for a nanosecond, the golden age of parenthood.” Photograph: iStock

'We should have another baby, I announce. When he stops laughing, my husband reminds me that’s no longer an option'

50 of the best picnic spots in Ireland: nothing says summer like cheese and onion crisps with an optional sprinkling of sand and a spectacular view of coast, waterfall, lighthouse or forest. Photograph: E+/Getty

Go, discover, dive into the ham rolls, and leave nothing behind but your footprints

Some of the male participants scheduled to speak at the MacGill Summer School

Listening to the man from MacGill you might conclude women have nothing much to say, or don’t want to say it

Are we now so  afraid of one another that we have to regulate our relationships?

It’s bad enough infantilising children; infantilising adults is bound to be disastrous

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn in Management:  “Boy Wants Girl, Girl Doesn’t Want Boy, Boy Harasses Girl, Boy Gets Girl”

Is it time we looked with a more critical eye on the stories we tell about falling in love

“You’re telling me there are no lights here. But they’re meant to be here because of the bumps. That’s how you know.” Photograph: Getty Images

She was in good form for someone who had nearly been killed twice in the last hour

The selection of gifts in the 2018 VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon gift bag was so tone deaf it seemed like a subversive tribute to 1983, the year of the first such race. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Mini Marathon organisers reconsidering inclusion of dishwasher tablets in goody bags

One of the residents in a bedroom at the Aiséirí centre in Cahir, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

‘It could be your sister, your dad, your brother. Addiction doesn’t care who you are’

When the ceremony ended, we got to see Meghan and Harry whizzing by in their carriage, which – I bet – is more than most of the invited guests can say. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Not everyone embraced the spectre of a diverse new Britain with the same enthusiasm

Meghan Markle: the duchess has been wearing perplexing Little Bo Peep tights. Photograph: Ian Vogler/Pool/AFP/Getty

They’re not just tights. They’re a sign the Windsorisation of Meghan Markle has begun

‘My obsession with household appliances had reached problematic levels’

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex,  wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding. Photograph: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle has come to stand for something much more than the woman with whom the affable Prince Harry happened to fall in love

Louise Fitzpatrick (blue); Orla Foster (orange); Dawn Bishop (wig); Linda Foster (yellow); and Alex Davies

Irish royal watchers were among the Windsor crowd hailing a ‘down to earth’ Duchess of Sussex

After the GDPR comes in, individuals will be able to seek compensation through the courts for breaches of their data-privacy rights – even if they haven’t suffered material damage or financial loss. Photograph: Getty Images

A bluffer’s guide to the General Data Protection Regulation, in force from May 25th

Everywhere you look, people who should know better are glamourising the lifestyles of the perpetually stressed. Photograph: Getty

I’ve learned that we don’t have to live in a state of constant, ongoing stress

Indian painter Jagjot Singh Rubal touches up his painting of Prince Harry (L) and Meghan Markle ahead of their royal wedding. Photograph: Arinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

Where to watch it, who to watch out for, the potential flashpoints and the after-party

I regret my kids’ missing out on the tradition. And the potato salad

Ryan O’Shaughnessy performing  Together, Ireland’s Eurovision 2018 entry, during rehearsals in Lisbon.  Photograph:   Andres Putting

Which Scandinavian country has the most Eurovision wins – after Ireland?

Those shouty slogans feel like an insult, but they make it easier to start the conversation

US president Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, in December 2016. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Comment: Recent tweets are just the latest examples of increasingly erratic behaviour

Joe O’Keeffe on his way to back Tiger Roll in the Grand National. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision Magazine

It might be one of the slowest bus services in Ireland, but none of its passengers seem to mind. ‘You get all the gossip on this b(...)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son on Monday. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

How much lovelier would it have been if she had betrayed even the smallest hint of the brutality of the experience she had just en(...)

Amazing what you’ll find  on the bark web. Photograph: Kiszon Pascal/Getty Images

No self-respecting mutt is without their own Instagram account these days

Indy 2.0 would be pretty, but not intimidatingly so. Like  Sarah Connor  in ‘Terminator’, she could be ‘pretty in a flawed, accessible way. She doesn’t stop the party when she walks in, but you’d like to get to know her.’

Jennifer O’Connell: Why does every single woman on screen look like she was ordered up from a set of customisable templates create(...)

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles at the conclusion of his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 11th, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Not only did the hearings not damage Mark Zuckerberg, on day one alone, they enriched him personally to the tune of around $3 bill(...)

Ephemeral glamour: beauty is ultimately meaningless. The anonymous stunner admits age has caught up with her, so that she now passes “as normal”. Photograph: Getty Images

Why do the uncommonly beautiful people insist it’s so tough being that good looking?

Paddy Jackson: ‘I am ashamed that a young woman who was a visitor to my home left in a distressed state.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Rugby player expresses regret for ‘degrading’ messages, but it rings hollow

“If you’re still deciding whether or not you should do the same, my advice is to weigh up the potential losses and gains.” Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

I have lost the high of sharing. The biggest gains have been time and privacy

I have a friend who walks home alone at night after an evening out.  It’s all in the way you walk, she says. You have to look like you’re not afraid. That is the world we live in.

France has banned street harassment and it’s time we discussed that here too

Meet the coffee shop visionaries behind an unstoppable trend

It’s three years since Hardy Bucks was last on TV, and a whole decade since the show became a YouTube sensation

TV Review: ‘Hardy Bucks’ is crude, juvenile and blokey, but it has an irresistible swagger

'Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh’s sense of marginalisation seems overstated.'

TV Review: Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh explores the loneliness of the long-suffering Gaeilgeóir

Savage scenes at the funeral of IRA member Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh, or Kevin Brady, on March 19th, 1988. Photograph: Bernard Bisson/Sygma via Getty Images

TV Review: Chilling account of the murder of two British soldiers at an IRA funeral in 1988

Chicago, 2006: Workers dye the Chicago river green as part of the city’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

St Patty’s Day is cultural appropriation on a grand scale. We love it, America: work away

Climb Croagh Patrick, whichever way you want. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

What’s the one thing every Irish person should do before they die?

Brían has taken over the wedding planning. ‘We’re going all out, so we are,’ he says

RTÉ’s ‘Stetsons and Stilettos’ throws open the barn door on a thriving Irish sub-culture

None of the Mother’s Day cards out there apply to my mother, and they certainly don’t apply to me. Photograph:  Chris Hondros/Newsmakers

Mothers, in the world of Hallmark, are nurturing, self-sacrificing, unthreatening. They love bunnies and lavender

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

They smashed stereotypes, changed Ireland – yet many are forgotten by history

Children are accessing hardcore, frequently violent, porn, roughly around the time they get their own smartphone. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O'Connell: Sex conversations with kids shouldn’t be only about ‘the talk’

Passport problem: our holiday flight leaving in 27 hours, and I had the broadest rictus grin since Leo met Justin plastered on my face. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Jennifer O’Connell: We’d the bags packed, fridge emptied, Taytos bought for the brother in the US

Leaders Wayne O’Donnell, Felicity Moroney, Mary Diamond, Sarah O’Callaghan and David Cryan of ‘Operation Transformation’ 2018

Amid a glut of dodgy online dietary advice, the show’s simple message has real value

Homing instinct: our friends’ container had finally arrived, with all their furniture. And in that moment the certainty that they had made a dreadful mistake dropped like a stone. Photograph: Yuri Arcurs/E+/Getty

For a nation of leavers, home can be complex, slippery notion

“It’s very easy to compare and be hard on yourself when you’re looking at perfect snapshots of other people’s lives,” says clinical dietitian Renee McGregor

Eating disorders have doubled in a decade, and social media is helping to fuel the rise

Whatsapp: You don’t even have to put your make-up on, or pretend you don’t have a hangover to use it

Jennifer O'Connell: First rule of the Whatsapp splinter group is you don't talk about the group

Glenroe’s Miley and Biddy – but was Fidelma his true romance?

Whose dark hair wove a snare around Patrick Kavanagh’s heart on Raglan Road?

Homer Simpson: “The key to parenting is don’t overthink it. Because overthinking leads to . . . What were we talking about?”

‘Parent’ is no longer a noun. First it became a verb, and then a performance art

Love comes in many guises. It can start at birth, or can be for people we’ve never met. As Valentine's Day approaches we look at l(...)

Kylie was a mere 10 years old when she exploded into public consciousness, dancing around a stripper pole

Jennifer O’Connell: Will people follow in Jenner’s footsteps and reduce their online presence?

But she doesn’t want to be single forever, so keeps doggedly at it. She’s done Tinder, PlentyofFish, MaybeFriends, AnotherFriend, Match and Elite Singles. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

After 10 years of internet dating, she’s on a hiatus. The internet has killed the spontaneity

Kerry babies case: Joanne Hayes, whom 43 “important men” methodically flayed on the tribunal stand

How much has Ireland really changed since the Joanne Hayes, Ann Lovett and X cases?

Germaine Greer, recently named Australian of the Year, pictured at an area of rainforest on the Gold Coast, Australia. Photograph: Newspix/REX

#MeToo seems in danger of dissolving into futile, inter-generational warfare between people who are supposed to be on the same sid(...)

The au pair filter: 'We ruled out anyone who couldn’t drive or sounded like they were looking for sexual adventure or didn’t like leaving the house. We put a line through everyone who seemed never to have actually met a child.'

‘I have just enough freckles and I’m never without red lipstick,’ my son read from the au pair’s application. ‘That’s off her dati(...)

“Micro-cheating” is infidelity for the digital age, meaning it does not involve the exchange of bodily fluids, knowing glances, or any form of physical contact. Photograph: iStock

Could you be cheating on your partner without knowing it? The internet thinks so

Elle Darby reacts to being called out by the White Moose Café.

Paul Stenson’s latest stunt does not match with his own attitude towards ‘influencing’

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