Gerry Hussey  at Sandycove in Co Dublin. Gerry has written a self-help spiritual book called Awaken The Power Within. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Gerry Hussey wants to help people 'be proud of who you are and care less about what other people think'

I’ve watched the video of long-haired teenage girls running along the platform a hundred times or so now. I’ve watched it on a loop to see how long it will take to be desensitised to it.

Rage comes up from the part of me that had to expect the unexpected when I was a teenage girl

Jennifer Zamparelli. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The Baldoyle native did some soul-searching as she turned 40 mid-pandemic

I will not be shaking hands into the future. I’ll be sticking to a casual verbal greeting – ‘howiya, horse’ – and a non-committal wave. Photograph: iStock

Vaccine hesitancy is real – and so is back-to-normal hesitancy, I can attest

I’m sick of the sight of my house. And there are tents all along the canal. Tents, count ’em and weep. Photograph: Laura Hutton

I know I’m lucky to have a house, but I’m not in love with mine at the moment

Twin studies have historically been some of the most valuable research tools in the world, helping to explain human behavioural, medical and physical traits. Photograph: iStock

As my identical-twin girls turn 12 I try my first ever twinsperiment

This time has knocked something out of some of us. Something that might come back. But also something that may not. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a tentative opening up this week but we’re not all rushing out to explore

Some people in Dingle seem to have decided you are somehow responsible for Quaid’s crime. Photograph: Getty

Those of us who have been sexually assaulted understand what you have been through

 Sarah McInerney, RTÉ radio and television presenter pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Barna native looks back on her career to date before her move to Prime Time next week

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 film adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Photograph: MGM Studios/courtesy of Getty

Three generations of the family reach Cat on a Hot Tin Roof phase of lockdown

“Context has become very unfashionable. We don’t want to wait for the person’s explanation where they describe why they behaved the way they did.” Photograph: Mikimad/Getty images

The departure of Teen Vogue’s new editor is a salutary tale for anyone active on social media

Aer Lingus airplane Airbus A320-214 landing at Heathrow Airport, UK

I feel like a peeping Tom, sticking my nose into the lives of people going beyond 5km

Bob Geldof: ‘I am brain dead, and it’s like nothing happens in my head.’ Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

‘I owe practically everything to England,’ says Geldof. Its people ‘are essentially anarchic’

The walrus spotted on the coast of Valentia Island on Monday: Walruses in the wild can sing non-stop for days at a time. Photograph: Alan Houlihan/PA Wire

Not to rain on your virtual parade, but I never expected another pandemic Patrick's Day

Talking on low walls: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin during the first 2020 lockdown. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This Level 5 is very different from the first, hardcore one. We’re not as scared

Whitemore attends "The Lion King" European Premiere in 2019 in London, England. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The TV presenter on pregnancy, celebrity, her new book and the ‘tough place’ that is London

Emma Roche Hegarty in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Zoom, four people aged 19-25 discuss what they have lost – and gained – from Covid-19

Women of Ireland: Ailbhe Gerrard, Laura Reid and Pritha Namjoshi (top row); MJ O’Brien, Sam Olabiyi and Rita Woods

Women and girls of all ages on equality, happiness, social media and life in Ireland today

In the third of the three fancy supermarkets where I get my kicks these days I bought an acidic-tasting coffee and sat outside on a bench drinking it

I told him I sometimes run away from my family. For health reasons. We laughed

Catherine Talbot: “I wanted to think about motivation, as to how this could happen. And I struck on the theme of jealousy.” Photograph: Michael Durand

Catherine Talbot explores the male-dominated crime known as ‘family annihilation’

‘Do not ask me why but Simon Harris on Instagram Live is comforting in a way regular politician’s pronouncements are not and cannot ever be.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

It’s an interesting thing, watching what people say to Harris on Instagram Live

Eve Hewson: off-duty, she has a presence that intrigues and draws you in. Photograph: Rich Polk/Getty

The Irish actor on shyness, nightmares and getting to know her native country again

Desperate measures:  it’s the Lent to try tequila with breakfast. Photograph: iStock/Getty

If I wasn’t crying or shouting last week I was under the duvet. I didn’t go outside for five days

There was a knock on the door and I thought, what I wouldn’t give for an unexpected visitor. File photograph: Getty Images

I mean, I know the pandemic has killed small talk, but this was on another level

‘All I want is a f**kin hug. A chat, close up, with a massive mug’

‘I wrote my first poem tonight,’ Jan said. ‘I hope you don’t mind me sharing it’

Add a cucumber baton to any drink and it looks less like a pandemic crutch and more like a wholesome pick-me-up you’d find on some luminous-looking person’s Instagram wellness page. Photograph: Getty Images

January has already been going on for 273 days – and it’s not over yet

US vice-president-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

I’m sure his every hairstyle and shoe colour will be under the same scrutiny as first ladies’

Irish Times Winter Nights Festival 2021.

Gabriel Byrne, Nicola Sturgeon, Emma Dabiri and more to appear at the online festival

I’m going to stick my neck out here and suggest we are all sick of the pandemic. Photograph: iStock

There has to be a more constructive, less frustrating way to spend this year, writes Róisín Ingle

 Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones)     got us through Lockdown 1. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

From a Normal People DVD to a face mask, these objects represent this bizarre year

‘Tis the season to spread joy, not the virus. Photograph: iStock

I was standing in Aldi trying to remember the point of Christmas. My brain was tired

A weighted blanket – like a calming, warm hug.  Photograph:  Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty

Admittedly, 48 hours before Christmas is a bit late to drop hints about what I want

Donncha’s Two Talented Christmas Special, featuring Róisín Ingle and her twin daughters, Joya and Priya. ‘It’s not a competition. There are no judges. It’s pure, heartwarming entertainment.’

I may be a momager but I am a rubbish one

How am I? I’m F.I.N.E. – or F***ed up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional. Photograph: Getty

How am I? I’m F.I.N.E. – f**ked up, insecure, neurotic and emotional

We’re not all in the same boat, but at least all our boats will be covered in LED lights and several layers of fake snow.  Photograph: iStock

In the absence of a vaccine, Christmas is the placebo that can get us to the end of 2020

The Late Late Toy Show: Ryan Tubridy in one of his astonishing collection of festive jumpers

The Level 5 exit plan just can’t compete with the best television programme in the world

Róisín Ingle: “We’re bingeing. We’re whingeing. We’re doing everything we’re told. We’re obsessed with those who aren’t.” Photograph: via Twitter

Some drink on the streets ‘for their mental health’. Others stay home, judging them

Patrisha McLean at a Finding Our Voices event in Maine in October 2019. Photograph: Sarah Rice/New York Times

Her 29-year marriage to the singer Don McLean ended after an incident in their home in 2016

Amy Huberman on the pandemic: ‘Sometimes you’ll be grand, and other days you’re just not’

The star on criticism of her work, coping with lockdown and her ‘geriatric’ pregnancy

Now there are two of us at home all day, we are running out of excuses for not getting a dog. Photograph: iStock

Maybe the part of me that is a dog person has just been packed away

US vice president-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the Chase Center in Delaware. Photograph:  Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Kamala Harris and Mary J Blige were in my head. For the first time ages, I felt truly happy

Róisín Ingle: ‘My Monday soup is never boring, evolving as it does, into a different soup each day depending on what I throw in there.’ Photograph: iStock

Medical experts may not share my view, but this comfort food expert says go for it

Five ways to lift your spirits during lockdown.

If you’re feeling lonely or despondent at this time ... read on

Lockdown Eve: Might as well make something of the day when all our beloved old traditions are being decimated. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

To question Nphet feels unpatriotic. To not question doesn’t feel right either

Taoiseach Micheál Martin (centre) speaking at Government Buildings, with Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

And so we go from ‘Level Whatever You’re Having Yourself’ to ‘Level Déjà Vu’

Kathleen Watkins,  in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A year after her husband Gay Byrne’s death, the author knows everything is going to be alright

I got to the restaurant half an hour early and ordered a Cremant. I chose the Cremant because a sophisticated friend likes it and because it was halfway in price between prosecco and Champagne.  Photograph: iStock

‘Pandapathy’ is afflicting many people I know. I’ve hit upon a solution . . . or two

When the going gets tough, the tough wrap up in a crazy lockdown scarf

The pandemic hovers over everything like a bad smell. You can’t hold your nose for long

Roxane Gay. Photograph: Reginald Cunningham

The feminist writer on US leadership, JK Rowling and overcoming adversity

Róisín Ingle: ‘I’m cycling past Grafton Street where the Great Unmasked did their sit-down protest at the weekend, causing even more businesses in town to lose money and custom. ‘Eejits,’ I think.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

I keep it to myself mostly. The fact that, for us lucky ones, Covid restrictions are not painful

Cecelia Ahern. Photograph: Barry McCall

The bestselling author on the upsides of lockdown, her new book and why she misses boxing

‘Good-looking waiting staff wandering around with brown paper bags’ Photograph: iStock

I sat out until I couldn’t feel my fingers and got a raging cold that is NOT Covid

Former president Mary McAleese. Her new memoir, Here’s The Story, details her extraordinary life and career. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The former president on criticising the church, life during lockdown – and her new memoir

When I first started to see these “wearable” accessories on the arms of my friends, I was horrified. I hated everything about them. Photograph: Getty Image

I’m in a new phase of life, when I know exactly how many steps I’ve taken each day

Coronavirus restrictions: A view of a Garda checkpoint in Fairview, Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

‘Lockdown, The Sequel’ is just nowhere near as enjoyable as the original

A trial run of a new Cycle Bus set up by parents and children as Dublin City Council supports initiative to make school gates safe, at Greenlanes National School, Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bicycles – or ‘Freedom Machines’ – are having an excellent pandemic. I stand and rejoice

Nick Hornby: ‘The book will succeed or fail on whether it’s any good.’ Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage

The 1990s ‘lad lit’ writer has moved into the ‘richer’ territory of women’s lives

Jane Fonda. Photograph: composite image; main photograph by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

As an octogenarian, the movie star is still trying to change the world

 John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion, a centrepiece of Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition. Photograph: Colm Hogan

Her new philosophy is to go about daily life as normal, while wearing a face mask

‘In the weeks coming up to last Christmas, I bought phones for the girls. I did it against all my instincts.’ File photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

They were given the devices as a temporary measure. You can imagine the mourning

A new app for people working from home replicates typical office sounds like the photocopier, printers and chatty co-workers. Photograph: iStock

For many of us with school-age children, the next few weeks will represent a sort of respite period

A man walks past a sign  in Dublin calling for the resignations of those who attended the Oireachtas Golf Society event. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The worst might be yet to come, and there’s only so much we can take. If it’s okay to say that

Not looking like 50 slightly softens the blow of the Big Five Oh, but not enough to make any tangible difference. Photograph: Getty Images

There are fewer good years left ahead, by any calculation, than there are behind

Joyce Carol Oates: ’never/ever walk in the woods in sandals.’ Photograph: David Livingston/Getty

Novelist’s shots of her horribly blistered instep have gone viral after a weekend-walk run-in

Anthony Horowitz: ‘We are in an atmosphere that is more fractious than it used to be and I don’t want to engage in that’

Anthony Horowitz says he’d probably have been a horrible person without his writing

‘You gotta get ’em up there, girls!’: Tampax’s banned Tampons & Tea television advert

Why is everything to do with periods still embarrassing, offensive or ‘over-descriptive’?

Kathleen MacMahon at her home in Dublin. ‘It takes a long time to get skilled at this. It’s a craft. The learning is immense. It takes time and you have to make mistakes.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The author of Nothing But Blue Sky life after a loved one’s death and the curse of likable characters

Bressie reckons we should give every politician a ukulele. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Some claim the ukulele is not an instrument, except maybe of torture. That’s just snobbery

The things you learn and the things you remember when you are allowed be together again

Writer talks of novels, heartache, looming 50th, criticism, compassion and trans issues

The first sunrise of the new millennium over the Burren in Co Clare in 2000. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Clare is the new Costa del Sol, sideways rain or sporadic shine

 Author Sheila O’Flanagan, pictured at home in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The best-selling Irish author talks about female novelists and a silver cheetah called Bliss

16/09/2016 -- Emma Donoghue the author of Room photographed in Dublin.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Written long before coronavirus hit, her new novel is set in Dublin during the 1918 pandemic

A loyalist demonstrator throws stones at security forces  in Portadown on July 10th, 2000. File photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

As we mark our anniversary, I can promise my partner I will rarely be boring

In her latest novel, Curtis Sittenfeld reimagines Hillary Rodham’s relationship with Bill Clinton. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Curtis Sittenfeld’s compelling new novel reimagines the paths of America’s power couple

Marian Keyes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Marian Keyes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Marian Keyes: ‘I really think less value is put in general on women’s voices, across the board.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The writer on Irishness, feminism, mental health and happy endings

Decathlon in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Making life different post-lockdown will have to be a conscious, deliberate act

The Coronashamer

We learned a lot about ourselves in the pandemic, and perhaps behaved a little oddly

The Heavens Are All Blue is part medical memoir part love story by Lennon and McGarry

The Heavens Are All Blue is part medical memoir part love story

‘It will feel positively patriotic to spend money at surf schools this summer.’ File photograph: Eamon Ward

It will feel nothing but fulfilling to spend in Irish restaurants, hotels and surf schools

TikTok: it’s a young person thing. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

You could get lost in TikTok. Many have. It’s the only app worth knowing about

Tina and  Sandra Kelly outside Penneys store, which reopened on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

We are like caged animals let loose from our centrally heated, Netflix-enabled prisons

Miss Roddy gets a special cake on her 100th birthday, in 2017. Photograph: Rachael Ingle

Miss Roddy’s results came back positive. She was isolated, but the virus didn’t take her

‘She sprinted to her nanny, flinging small arms around her waist.’ Photograph: Getty Images

My eyes stung as I watched the transgressive moment between grandmother and granddaughter

Racism in Ireland: Amanda Adewole, Felicia Olusanya and Tobi Lawal talk to the Irish Times Women’s Podcast

Three young black Irish women share their experiences with the Irish Times Women’s Podcast

Róisín Ingle: It was time for an Emergency Grand Day Out.

After a trip to the sea, I feel myself again. We all need to find our Shelly Banks

Matt Damon: the actor has fecked off home after living in lockdown in Ireland. Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/NYT

Morale in my house is at an all-time low. Time to tell each other how we really feel?

The day the earth stood still: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Washington. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A night in a friend’s garden shows us what we’ve lost and found in the pandemic

Sisters Róisín and Rachael Ingle. ‘Thank you, Rach’

Today is the anniversary of the day 66.4% of us voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment

John Hobson with his wife, Queenie, at their daughter Caroline’s wedding last year

My partner’s father went to hospital with a sore hand to find out he had a brain tumour

Normal People’s intense, glorious love story has made a lot of us return, gingerly, gently, to our younger selves. Photograph: Enda Bowe

One in five people – some single, some not – has ‘reached out’ to an ex during lockdown

Amy Huberman talked about life in lockdown with her husband, Brian O’Driscoll. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The actor and author spoke to The Irish Times Women’s Podcast for its 400th episode

Johnny Logan: in 1980, all over the country, many girls and young women (and of course boys and young men, but we didn’t talk about that in those days) were having ‘feelings’ for him. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Johnny Logan was probably the first person I fancied. The year was 1980. I was eight

‘When asked to partake in a Zoom, I don’t yet have the guts to refuse’

I can’t blame my friend for not wanting to Zoom. Lockdown socialising has lost its lustre

Johnny Logan at home in Ashbourne, Co Meath

The Eurovision winner talks about music, religion and family. Then things get a bit awkward

‘Next month, we can look forward to hugs with our older relatives, if they live close enough. And then – sing hosannas! – July 20th will arrive, a sacred day that surely should be pronounced a Holy Day of Obligation.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the gradual lifting of lockdown, we at last have something to look forward to

‘I went upstairs. Got into my bed. Crawled under the duvet.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It started badly and got worse: a dead magpie, a Scrabble defeat, social media abuse, fear

“I suddenly wanted to see more things growing. I went around the corner to Aldi and picked up whatever packets were there. Begonias. Gladioli. A packet of seeds that just said wild flowers.” Photograph:  iStock

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