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’

Research shows that while things like free membership of gyms and art museums might get employees in the door, what keeps them there are much less glitzy perks: good health insurance, adequate time off, decent pension and retirement planning, dental benefits and parental leave

From horticulture projects to free haircuts, some company perks sound like upmarket holiday resort activities. But wellness at wor(...)

The last taboo: it’s time for an end to the  cultural secrecy around salaries

We are more likely to tell a stranger we’ve had an STD than we are to reveal our income

Donald Trump: “Rather than focusing on his bizarre behaviours, we should look at the corrective mechanisms at our disposal.” Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty

The US president is a ubiquitous media presence who turns ordinary citizens into news junkies. Some Trumpwatchers look back on a y(...)

French newspaper Le Monde ran an open letter signed by the 74-year-old actor Catherine Denueve, along with around 100 other French female writers, performers and academics. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

One hundred French writers, performers and academics including Catherine Denueve have written an open letter defending ‘the freedo(...)

Alan Hoey: ‘There was no real warning. I just got called into my boss’s office and told my job was gone.’     Photograph: Barry Cronin

The Crash – 10 years on: five people describe how their lives changed

Harassment is about power. It’s about entitlement. It’s about aggression. It’s about inequality.

Jennifer O’Connell: Pushback against equality will be strong, sometimes from unexpected places

Christmas: it helps to remember that it is just a day. Photograph: iStock

If we don’t rein it in, the Emergency will start bleeding into the remaining three seasons

“I don’t remember my parents being affectionate like this all too often; they didn’t always get on.” – Paul Flynn

There’s more than meets the eye in these seasonal snaps. Five people share their most memorable festive photographs, each one tell(...)

Conor McGregor: a notoriously divisive topic. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Jennifer O’Connell recommends that you avoid these 11 subject these holidays

Dermot Bannon: The professionally unimpressed architect has been replaced by your classic Irish man abroad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland is losing the run of itself over Dermot Bannon losing the run of himself

Listen up, kids: Christmas is supposed to be an orgy of materialism, drones that don’t work, expensive computer games, motorised scooters, miniature mopeds that cost the same as a small family car. Photograph: Getty Images

For some people this time of year isn’t so much a celebration as an endurance test

Jennifer O’Connell: ’There is no commute to work, it’s true. There is also no getting away from work.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: Working from home wasn't working, until I tried ‘co-working’

Conor McGregor had one of the most retweeted tweets of the year. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife

Hot topics on Twitter this year included Brexit, #Ophelia and, em, chicken nuggets

Photograph: Getty

Jennifer O'Connell on the diary-busting juggle of parenting, work and everything else

Meghan Markle: Prince Harry’s American fiancee is the child of an Emmy-winning lighting designer and a “free-spirited clinical therapist”. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Outsiders who try to change the family get chewed up and spat out by the machine

 At worst Ireland is seen as a version of England with more rain, worse castles and more favourable tax rates

We think we’re a vibrant, relevant country proud of its hard-won independence but others see it differently

It is alleged Kieran Creaven, a television producer in the RTÉ Sports department, flew from Ireland to meet up  in Leeds with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Jennifer O’Connell: From vigilantism to the #MeToo movement, online justice is here to stay

The three-year-old doesn’t hate me; she wants more of me. And that makes it worse. She sobs into my chest, and I cry into her curls. Photograph: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: Our life has been a blur of too many events that feel more important than taking small girls to parks

Rachel O’Reilly, killed by her husband Joe O’Reilly in 2004

TV Review: Rachel O’Reilly’s parents speak out in Mick Peelo’s fascinating documentary

These letters were not just letters; they were highly contrived, insufferably self-conscious miniature diaries, stretching over several days, and featuring scrawled quotes from Keats or Beckett, or whoever was on the Leaving Cert that year. Photograph: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Jennifer O'Connell: The yellow legal paper he had chosen was ripped along its seam

 US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad holding the first hijab-wearing Barbie based on her to be released in 2018, in New York City. Photograph: EPA/Mattel

‘Shero Barbies’ and the Irish producers bucking imagination-stifling tyranny of toy industry

Unwanted attention: Workplace harassment is not a new phenomenon and can be found across all industrial sectors in Ireland. Illustration: Getty

Seven women, aged 30 to 78, share their experiences of sexism and harassment

Assertiveness lesson: You’re a very silly woman, the Perhaps Only Somewhat Good Samaritan said. Photograph: Getty

Jennifer O’Connell: I know where you work, she said. You could lose your job

Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry, who will present Six One news on RTÉ

Having a vagina and being able to deliver hard news authoritatively are not mutually exclusive

An alleged victim of Harvey Weinstein, Mimi Haleyi, at a press conference held by attorney Gloria Allred in New York recently. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The lines between flirting and harassment are not as blurry as some people seem to be suggesting

“I relish the surge of cold, clinical fury I feel when someone cuts me off in traffic or tweets something nasty at me. I reckon I’m at my sanest, most intuitive and most invincible for that one week a month.”

I’m at my sanest, most intuitive and most invincible when I have my period

Andrew Rooney By Dara Mac Donaill

Even law and state jobs have become precarious areas. Meet the gig economy workers

Water test used at part of witchcraft trials in the 17th century. Illustration from Ludicium aquae (trial by water), 1613 edition

The witches of Irish history had one thing in common: they were women who refused to conform

Nobody knowingly raises a boy to become a rapist, just as nobody knowingly raises a girl to be a victim

We raise girls to be polite, to compromise, not to make a scene. Mistake

Emotional robots, Martian colonies and universal basic income: we ask how society will change

‘I am exhausted, and I just can’t calm myself down.’ Vogue: My Anxious Life

TV Review: It shouldn’t work but it does, thanks to the presenter’s guileless warmth

Somewhere around the age of 38 and/or child number three, shopping stopped being fun and entertaining, and became just another way in which I’m slightly failing to make the grade. Photograph: Alan Betson

I gleefully drop items into my shopping basket: an ugly metallic skirt, a red geisha shirt

You can’t ring my bell: ‘Have smartphones destroyed a generation?’

Jennifer O’Connell: Once, it caused the whole house to leap into action in wordless unison

Who will mind the children while you’re in the pursuit of romance and joint hobbies?

Jennifer O’Connell: So we gave it a go, an actual weekend away that wasn’t a wedding

Niamh Flanagan (19) in the Mater hospital, Dublin, before and after being fitted with a wig by Anne Roche. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

A Dublin business gives people with cancer and alopecia more than just their hair back

Biggest issues: Conflict over money, parenting and infidelity are common reasons to seek counselling

Six people describe why they engaged in counselling, how it went, and if it worked

A camera operator in RTÉ in 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The insider view of RTÉ is irresistible and admirable, but unverified and anonymous

Natalie Cooke: “The panic takes over and you’re panicking because you’re panicking. I used to wake up at 2am and start walking the halls, holding on to handfuls of my hair. It was hideous – I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

For those experiencing it, burnout is real. And it can be devastating

You don’t know what stress is unless your kids are terrified their teachers and their classmates will find out they live in an overcrowded bedroom instead of in a three-bed semi, bungalow, or apartment like everyone else. Photograph: Frank Miller

Two weeks back at school and our whole family is stressed. But It’s not real stress

Jonathan Rhys Meyers with his wife Mara Lane. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Lane, the wife of Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, shared news of their miscarriage on the internet

Definitely, unequivocally: this time I’m walking to the door with a small hand in mine knowing this is my last first day at Montessori. Photograph: E+/Getty

Another first day at another new school. Practice does not make it easier

My baby’s second word was “Starbucks”. Photograph: Alan Betson

We should resist the slow, creeping Starbucksification of our towns and cities

Mariah Carey, left, “too fat”; and Amal Clooney, right, “too thin”

Jennifer O’Connell: Let me save you the trouble of reading the internet

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