Marian Keyes: feck is “nothing like the other word, the one with the u”

The Irish writer’s new BBC Radio 4 show began with the theme of Ireland and the Irish

Can we reduce the amount of family time we spend on screens this summer? Well, we can try. Photograph: iStock

Give Up Yer Aul Screens: Devices may be everywhere, but they don’t have to take over your summer

Róisín, Joya and Priya ready for a bumpy  excursion on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).

Róisín Ingle: Watersports, seafood and stunning scenery are the perfect combination

Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon at a Brown Thomas event in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The supermodel talks menopause, ageing and marriage to Simon Le Bon

Derry Girls, the Channel 4 comedy written by Lisa McGee

Are We There Yet? The real Northern Ireland is the raucous, storied land of ‘Derry Girls’ Van Morrison, and the best, most friendl(...)

Tommy Horkan (11) from Mount Merrion in  Dublinhaving fun at Explorium. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Schools are on their midterm break next week. Here are some great options to keep kids entertained

Hugg: Fiona Twomey with a painting donated by Una Sealy for Saturday’s art sale at St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Milly Tuomey’s mother, Fiona, has founded Hugg, a bereavement support group

Pupils from Scoil Úna Naofa in Crumlin preparing for their performance in the National Youth Orchestra festival. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

No Child 2020: Scoil Úna Naofa gives its pupils a chance to learn an instrument – free and in school hours

The late poet Mary Oliver speaks during a women’s conference in 2010  in Long Beach, California Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty

We asked what was making you happy this week and here’s what you said

Natalie Suleman, aka Octomom, at home with her octuplets. Photograph: John Francis Peters/New York Times

Are We There Yet? Natalie Suleman is a single mother to the longest ever surviving octuplets (and six other kids). The struggle is(...)

Katelyn Ohashi: her video has been viewed online more than 60 million times in four days

Are We There Yet: Viral gymnastics video is one of the most joyful examples of sporting activity

Former Shamrock Rovers footballer Mark Langtry who is now head of Science and Sport at Explorium in Dublin

Are We There Yet? The Explorium: A sports-science wonderland with oodles to do

Lady Gaga poses with her Golden Globe in lavender blue Valentino. Photograph:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Gaga stole the show in Valentino but there were plenty of other eye-catching looks

Bruno Borza serving  Róisín Ingle and food writer Domini Kemp. Photograph: David Sleator

'The free chips and more on Christmas Eve was a charitable gesture I’ll never forget’

There is still time to pick up some delightful presents for Christmas morning.

Are We There Yet? Do not panic, there is plenty of time left to buy presents

It’s riddle time. Not screen time.

Are We There Yet? ‘Fun Unplugged’ is a book full of diverting puzzles to get kids off screens

Former US first lady Michelle Obama on stage at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The author and former US first lady offers her life advice for girls and young women

Michelle Obama acknowledges the crowd at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Monday. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The atmosphere was more raucous rock gig than book event as former first lady addressed London crowd of 3,000

Julian Gough: “For years some of the best and most interesting writing about sex has been shortlisted annually by the sniggering mutual masturbators of the Literary Review.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Julian Gough and William Wall join Haruki Murakami as nominees for ‘worst sexual description’ of 2018

Children taking part in the Cool Planet Experience on the grounds of Powerscourt House and Gardens, Co Wicklow

Are We There Yet? Climate Change experience Cool Planet is the perfect chance to educate-by-stealth

 Trevor Cullen pictured with his ferris wheel which was used in the movie Grease. The ferris wheel features in the    Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival that runs from from November 24th to January 2nd. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Are We There Yet?: Fairground attraction was bought by Irish man after wild goose chase in America

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina in Dublin Castle after his re-election. Photograph:    Tom Honan

Are We There Yet?: My daughters never doubted Higgins would return to the Áras

Alan Andrews and staff at the over-18s coffee roastery and cafe The Old Barracks in Birdhill Co Tipperary

The Old Barracks coffee roastery in Tipperary is an over-18s venue (for good reasons)

What’s wrong with this picture? The campaign to #repealtheskirts starts here

Are We There Yet: A mini-feminist activist is setting out to repeal the pinafores

Spooky fun for Halloween. Photograph: iStock

Are We There Yet? Spooky events for boos and ghouls over the mid-term break

Ghoulish pumpkin fun at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co Meath. The theme park is offering Halloween attractions for both young children and teenagers over midterm

Are We There Yet? There are plenty of spooky family adventures to be had this midterm

In Celebration of Children by Julia Dunin features portraits of children to encourage self-esteem. The  exhibition  features in the upcoming Baboró International Arts Festival For Children in Galway

Are We There Yet? An exhibition that's running as part of the Baboró International Arts Festival For Children in Galway is a celeb(...)

Lynzy Lab Stewart: her song A Scary Time has almost 10 million views. Photograph: Lynzy Lab/YouTube

Lynzy Lab Stewart’s satirical take on how hard it is to be male heads for 10m views

People queue outside the newly opened Krispy Kreme outlet at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Are We There Yet?: What’s so great about its deep-fried dough? I found out visiting my brother in North Carolina

 Angelina, Daisy and Raul of the St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir at the reopening of Kevin Street Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Are We There Yet? Kevin Street library is reopening; Storyfest in Dundrum offers hours of fun

The cake sale has made our Sundays happier

My daughters are baking cakes and selling them to raise money for homeless children. Good for them.

Culture Night 2018:   ballerinas from Dance Ireland with drumming sensations the Hit Machine. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

It’s hard not to be bamboozled by the choice on offer. Here’s a selection of the best bits

“I can understand where that urge to annihilate devices comes from in parents.” Photograph: iStock

Are We There Yet? 'I have a certain amount of sympathy for Kirstie Allsopp' - The TV presenter revealed she smashed her children's(...)

The video for Hozier’s Nina Cried Power features a host of Irish people known for their activism. Photograph: Hozier/Facebook

The video features Anna Cosgrave, Colm O’Gorman, Eamonn McCann and more

Joanna Lumley, Gareth Hunt and Patrick MacNee in publicity photographs for The New Avengers. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Are We There Yet?: Joanna Lumley’s 'New Avenger’s' do became a family tradition

Fire hoses are used to spray water to dampen burning embers inside the Primark store in the historic five-storey Bank Buildings in Belfast city centre, where a major blaze broke out on Tuesday of this week. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Are We There Yet: A place of new beginnings with as much romance as I could find in Paris or Rome

Children play in Dublin in June 1955. The Museum of Childhood project aims to chronicle Irish childhood “warts and all”. Photograph Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Day of events in Dún Laoghaire aims to raise awareness about the proposed Museum of Childhood

Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor) with his longtime friend Winnie the Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure ‘Christopher Robin’

Are We There Yet? Resisting the slime craze is futile, even if it means a sesame seed covered kitchen. Thank poohness for Christop(...)

The Happy Pear twins David and Stephen Flynn with one-year-old Benji Duckenfield as  launched the new children’s play festival “Playstival with The Happy Pear”. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Are We There Yet? The Happy Pear twins have come up with fun weekend at Airfield

Playing at Camp Glamp in Co Wicklow.

Are We There Yet? For even a brief trip, the outdoors is a bonding experience

The perfect way for children to log on in Clara Lara Funpark, Co Wicklow

Are We There Yet? In this unusually warm summer, the Co Wicklow funpark is paradise

Give your kids a Yes Day, they’ll love it.

Are We There Yet? Struggling to entertain the kids through the long holidays? Struggle no more

Families can come and pick their own fruit at Lambert’s Fruit Farm in the Dublin mountains above Rathfarnham. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Are We There Yet? Plenty of camps and excursions to keep everyone entertained

Are We There Yet? We've been bringing our kids to festivals for years but the jury is still out

Syrian hamsters make lifelong friends. What do you mean you have enough friends?

Are We There Yet? Parental guilt? Looks like you'll be buying a pet

Campaigners  Tara Flynn, Lucy Watmough and Róisín Ingle celebrating in Dublin Castle after the landslide Yes vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The referendum result was Ireland confirming that women are equal citizens

Kite surfer Francois Colussi jumps over fellow surfer James Hayden on Dollymount Strand, Dublin to highlight the coming ‘Battle for the Bay’  at Dollymount Strand, May 25th-26th. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

Are We There Yet? From sandcastle building to writing Limericks, boredom is not an option

The rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede: “The girls rambled across it like kid goats, with a long line of tourists in their wake.” Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Are We There Yet? We’d only been gone a day but it felt like we were away for a week

Róisín Ingle: I do not think I was just crying about my dental pain this week

Shout jar: this is like a swear jar, except you have to put money in it if you shout at people. It was not my best idea, because at the rate I’m going I’ll be bankrupt by Monday. Photograph: Paul Bradbury/iStock/Getty

Are We There Yet?: Three things to do with your children this weekend

Girls enjoying their experiments at the Real Party Kids Science party in Dundrum, Co Dublin.

Are We There Yet: Birthday parties with a difference

A nun hands out ‘Yes’ leaflets at the Basin Lane polling station in Dublin on referendum day 1983. Photograph: Pat Langan

The Women’s Podcast: A look back at the letters written to this newspaper by Irish women in the run up to the 1983 abortion refere(...)

Volumes of enjoyment: passing on the joy of reading to your children  will always  be something to be proud of

Are We There Yet? But here’s something I did right: my children read books for pleasure

Charles Coyle opens the new Driving School at Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co Meath

Are We There Yet? ‘Tearing the arse out of it’ is our official family motto

The joy of a Japanese Spitz called Theo.

We asked what was making you #IrishTimesHappy – here’s what you said

Children enjoy the kids’ club at The Johnstown Estate. Photograph: Julien Behal

Make like an Easter Bunny and hop along to some of the great breaks and days out on offer

It’s hard not to feel happy at this time of year, even if you’re a bit bah humbug about Easter.

Are We There Yet? Some kids watch slime videos, mine watch Masterchef

Matriarchal music, from John Lennon’s tribute to his mother Julia to the Spice Girls' magnificent Mama

Sigrid: Does she wear normal clothes?  Yes! Photograph: Getty Images

Are We There Yet?: As Taylor Swift was too angry and scantily clad, we needed a replacement

Dublin architect Catherine Mara and her family – with a little help from passersby – turned heads with their igloo

Snow fun: children playing in  Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Are We There Yet? The best things to do with children in the chilly weather

Donald Trump: Consequences is a great game. The best game. The greatest game. There’s never been anyone who plays that game as well as me. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Are We There Yet? Consequences is a very old parlour game, but perfect for modern families who enjoy spontaneous silliness – plus (...)

A simple black and white sign pointing out to sea: The Happy Out Cafe on Dollymount Strand

Are we there yet? My friend Aisling died, and I just tried to get on with things, as you do

Ann Ingle and Róisín Ingle: “There’s a definite Atwood-ish vibe off her these days, a Marian Keyesian glow.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Are We There Yet? Old-fashioned telly, feminist chats and bottomless pots of soup – I could get used to this.

Delicious delights in the now closed Cocoa Atelier on Drury Street

To paraphrase Ms Golightly, nothing bad ever happened there

“Three hours a day, those Chinese kids get, twice the global homework average.” A girl as doing her homework on a street in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Are We There Yet? Parenting is saying the same things over and over again seven million times a day to a deeply apathetic audience(...)

MS was the very last thing that defined Aisling McDermott. Photograph: Frank Miller

Are We There Yet? My kind, clever, outrageous and courageous friend

Paul Timoney aka Stressed Out Steve entertains children as part of his First Fortnight storytelling workshops.

Are We There Yet? The First Fortnight mental health arts festival has lots for kids to do

Dobble: a brilliant game that provides hours of fun for all ages

Are We There Yet? Soak up the history at the Dead Zoo or try one of the Christmas pantos

What books will be under the tree for children this Christmas?

Are We There Yet? From David Walliams to Rebel Girls, these are your favourites

Eating out with children: where are the best places to go?

With a little help from Twitter, we select some great restaurants to feed you and your children

‘The Nutcracker’ at  the Pavilion  was making some of our readers happy this week

Each week we ask what’s making you #IrishTimesHappy

Getting their glow on at Glow in Smithfield, a free family event in Dublin city centre on Saturday

Are We There Yet? Here are some fun family events, from festive singing to flea markets to take your mind off awkward parent teach(...)

A blast from Toy Shows past: Gay Byrne presents ‘The Late Late’ toy show in the 1980s. Photograph: RTE Stills Library

Are We There Yet? Memories of Toy Shows past and things to do with children this weekend

Alpacas in Barretstown are making one reader #IrishTimesHappy.

We asked what was making you #IrishTimesHappy here’s what you said

‘Slippery Stairs’: Men, barefoot, in rubber onesies climbing a stairs made of ice. What’s not to like?

Are We There Yet? A diverting list of things to do with the children in your life

The Luxe performers taking part in the Christmas Procession - enough to get even Scrooge in the mood

Are We There Yet? Read this if you’re scratching your head about things to do with kids

Beth Healy at Wild Lights, running in Dublin Zoo until January.

Are We There Yet? Things to do with children this weekend

Children explore artefacts at the Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny.

Having children around is a great reminder of the life-enhancing mantras you forget as an adult

Deadly dancing at Dracula’s Disco in Meeting House Square, Dublin, on Monday, October 30th

(Sc)are We There Yet? Creepy clowns, Macnas mayhem and deadly dancing. Halloween is coming ...

Get a slice of the immersive, theatrical family fun at Cuskinny House, near Cobh, Co Cork

Are We There Yet: In this new weekly guide we have family events from spooky shenanigans to cheap cinema tickets

Marian Keyes has a new book out called The Break, about a woman with a husband who takes a year long “break” from their marriage. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 53-year-old author talks love, alcohol, depression and the mystery of marriage

Waiting room at a British pregnancy advisory service clinic in Liverpool,  where some Irish women travel to access abortion. Photograph: Cliona Ni Laoi

The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abo(...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice at Ladies Cove in Greystones. Her memoir, I Found My Tribe, is published on July 6th. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Fitzmaurice's memoir 'I Found My Tribe' is a joyful and raw account of life after her husband’s MND diagnosis

‘Charming’ but ‘slightly terrifying’. Róisín Ingle recalls two encounters with the late politician

The grotto in Granard where 15-year-old Ann Lovett gave birth to her son. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From the archive: Thirty-four years ago, a 15-year-old girl in Granard, Co Longford, died giving birth in secret. Here are letters(...)

Hillary Clinton  delivering her concession speech a the New Yorker Hotel in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Dos and don’ts for parents to follow when explaining what happened on the ‘Day of Days’

Lucy Kellaway: her weekly Financial Times column pokes fun at management fads and jargon

Ahead of her appearance at The Gloss’s Look the Business event, the management columnist talks office style

Author and journalist Peggy Orenstein. She talked about her new book Girls & Sex on The Women’s Podcast

On The Women’s Podcast, journalist and author Peggy Orenstein discusses why we need to change how we talk to girls about sex

The British columnist and author spoke to the Women’s Podcast about abortion, Trump, Brexit, fatness and why she has written a boo(...)

So goodbye again. (Again.) Thanks for reading. For caring. For understanding

One day you find yourself longing to be free from the internal and external pressures compelling you to interrupt ordinary moments(...)

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in the film Me Before You, adapted from the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes

Moyes was becoming disillusioned when her novel Me Before You took off. She talks about transferring her story – which tackles eut(...)

The fact that ghee – which, to be clear, is actually clarified butter – had the same name as a Dublin slang word for a certain female body part never made any odds to my brother.

‘Thirty years ago when my brother came home and tried to tell people they should drink ghee, he nearly got ran out of town’

If you tick “No religion” you are striking a small but important blow for equality in the Irish education system.

Ticking the “No religion” box on the census form is no 1916 Rising but it is a peaceful protest against the religious dominance in(...)

Róisín Ingle: Cyclists are punctual and are never held hostage by an untruthful bus timetable. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Cycling can awaken your senses, help you to meet (handsome) new people and provide an excuse to shop

See, I’m fond of Bressie. Not like that, I swear. It’s in a more wholesome way. I don’t generally see age (he’s much younger) or relationship status (he’s in one)

‘Bressie is using his celebrity and life experiences to change this country for the better, and I have huge respect for him. Still(...)

Billy Elliot: The Musical. Photograph: Alastair Muir

Billy Elliot: The Musical has been exhilarating audiences for 11 years. Producer Eric Fellner reveals how a theatrical phenomenon (...)

Wasn’t email supposed to make communication effortless and more efficient?

I am talking, of course, about email inbox overload.

Peace comes dropping quickly on Achill, on Keel strand where a little black dog makes friends in a gale so strong it makes you afraid to get out of the car.

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