I've spent enough time feeling guilty about food now I want to form new habits

Rachel Flaherty at Zipit Forest Adventures in Tibradden Wood  in the Dublin Mountains: “It was an intense workout, but I didn’t think about that while I was doing it.”

Zip lining challenge a test of bravery that gave me great sense of achievement afterwards

People march through Tipperary town to protest neglect of the area.

March organiser says 22 retail outlets empty in town which has become an unemployment ‘blackspot’

Rachel Flaherty attending a wedding recently. “Over the months it became easier to recognise the difference between cravings and genuine hunger. I gained confidence in listening to my own body.”

It was just over a year ago I weighed myself and I was five stone overweight

My first rock climb proved terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure

Some of the  workouts took place on the beach.

Rachel Flaherty: I was incredibly anxious on my first fitness holiday. Would I hold others back?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Garda police officers patrol the streets of Dublin ahead of the arrival of the Queen on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The visit by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Republic of Ireland is the first by a British monarch for 100 years. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Motorcyclist (40s) killed on N24 in Tipperary; pedestrian (38) killed outside Tullamore

Festival-goers at  Electric Picnic at the campsites in Stradbally.Photograph: Dave Meehan/ Irish Times

Many areas dry at first but rain in west will spread to the east coast by evening

Southbound carriageway reopens between J4 and J5 in Dublin

Rachel Flaherty at Lake Muskry in the Galtee Mountains, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Neil Coles

I’ve been the same weight for 120 days and I’m frustrated. Time for a mindset change

President Michael D Higgins has urged Irish people to call for policies that will help bring an end to poverty and violence. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President marks World Humanitarian Day by urging Irish people to support policies to help bring an end to poverty and violence

Mourne Mountain Rescue Team found the injured teenager on steep ground in Slieve Bearnagh. Photograph: Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

A rescue team of 17 people treats the teenager on a steep slope on Slieve Bearnagh

Campaigners and renters have said  rules are not being properly enforced. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Residential Landlords Association says Daft exaggerating rental increases

My relationship with food became warped when I went on my first ‘proper diet’. At 5st overweight, I realised my mindset had to cha(...)

Patrick Holland (57) was last seen at his home on Pearse Street in Dublin 2 early on bank holiday Monday.

Patrick Holland was last seen at his home in Pearse Street on bank holiday Monday

Rachel Garland (29) was last seen in Dublin city centre on Saturday morning.

Rachel Garland was last seen in Dublin city centre on Saturday morning

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting with British prime minister Theresa May in June. Photograph: Yves Herman/Pool/AP

Taoiseach says he looks forward to seeing detailed proposals for future future EU-UK relationship

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland also recalls pestos over salmonella concerns

A group heading for Dalkey Island at Coliemore Harbour last weekend.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Biggest increase in visitors from North America and Europe

Three men and one woman, all aged in their 20s, were arrested at a house in Carlow town

‘I hope the people of Ireland will remember the fate of our daughter on the day of the referendum’

The road was closed on Saturday morning to allow an examination of the scene by Garda forensic investigators. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The 18-year-old died after the car he was driving collided with a second vehicle

Swans gathered in the rain at Dublin’s Portobello bridge. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Heavy rain and strong winds set to hit on Sunday evening and weather alerts in place

Police in Northern Ireland believe the  drugs seizure may be one of largest ever hauls of herbal cannabis in the jurisdiction.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Co Down drugs haul may be one of Northern Ireland’s largest seizures, says PSNI

Fourteen-year-old Elisha was last seen at about 10.15pm on St Patrick’s night on Dillon Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, heading towards the Carrickbeg area on the Co Waterford side of the town

Body of 14-year-old girl found on Sunday in River Suir

Are you Ireland’s newest multi-millionaire? Co Cork residents hopeful winner is local

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘The AG is correct to describe the Bill as a complete dog’s dinner. The reason it’s a dog’s dinner is because the chef is Shane Ro(...)

Comedy show Father Ted ran between 1995 and 1998.

Events include Priest’s Dance Off, The Lovely Girls competition and Ted’s Got Talent

Inch beach in Co Kerry.

The travel site users voted beaches in counties Kerry, Cork, Donegal, Galway and Sligo as the best

Rock of Cashel  surrounded by fields covered with snow on Sunday. Photograph: Joe Boland

Monday morning commuters warned to leave extra time as temperatures drop

Evelyn Cribbons from Dunshaughlin with Jenny Copeland from Drumree , Co Meath on the slopes at the Hill of Tara enjoying the recent country wide snow fall. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Met Éireann warns of frost and ice on roads and footpaths as temperatures drop to -5

 U2 perform at Croke Park, Dublin in 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fans enraged as tickets appear on resale sites for hundreds and thousands of euro

Musicians Bono (L) and The Edge of music group U2 speak onstage during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Irish band will play in the 3Arena and SSE Arena this October and November

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing of Reece Cullen (inset) at Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown, Dublin in January 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The 16-year-old died after being stabbed a number of times in Tallaght on January 2017

Michael McDonagh was last seen on Monday, January 15th.

Michael McDonagh was last seen in Newbridge, Co Kildare on Monday

Donkeys covered in snow near Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

‘Fast moving’ Atlantic depression brings increased flooding risk and gusts of 110km/h

Rachel Flaherty on her fitness holiday in the Algarve, Portugal

A fitness holiday in the Algarve – how can it be relaxing if I’m working out every day?

A pedestrian braving the weather on the flooded Salthill Promenade during Storm Eleanor on January 2nd, 2018. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Snow and thunder forecast for next week as weather set to turn much colder

Cousins Bertie Keane and Sophie Keane playing on a trampoline in the snow in the Rahoon area in Galway earlier this month. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The warmer than average weather is set to come to an end after the weekend

Ireland’s advertising watchdog ruled two Eir adverts breached standards. Photograph: Maxwells

Watchog also upholds complaint over promotion of company’s broadband speeds

The heaviest snowfalls are forecast over  counties in Connacht and in Ulster. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road users warned over black ice as ‘polar low’ set to sweep across country on Friday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shows his decorative socks to British prime minister Theresa May (second right) during a round table meeting at an EU summit in  Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Howlin says editorial in UK edition of Sun is ‘jingoistic, ignorant, bullying and ageist’

Gardaí preserve the scene at Shancastle Park in the Clondalkin area following a shooting on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A total of three people were injured in three separate shooting incidents over the weekend

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The tax automatically returns to the base rate each year of 0.18% of the house price

A rainfall radar image from Met Éireann at 1pm on Sunday showing rain clouds sweeping across the country.  Photograph: Met Éireann

Met Éireann issues weather alert for 19 counties and warns of flooding risk

The single-car crash took place on  Drynam Road at about 2am on August 19th. Photograph: Google Maps

Two other men suffer minor injuries in Saturday morning crash

Eimear Byrne (left) and Emma Kelly (right) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Chicago. Photograph: Emma Kelly/Twitter

20-year-old from Dublin seated Taoiseach at ‘tiny table’

Cupola Observation Module. Photograph: Google Street View/Nasa

Feel what it is like for astronauts to look down on Earth from outer space

Aonghus Ryan has been missing since June 30th.

Aonghus Ryan (39) is described as 173cm tall with blond hair

Jordan Burke from Dublin city has been missing since last Friday.

The teenager from Dublin’s city centre was last seen three days ago

Road users in counties Dublin, Carlow, Sligo, Monaghan, Westmeath and Sligo were killed in incidents on Saturday and Sunday

torists run the gauntlet as high waves crash over the Wooden Bridge at Dollymount, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Temperatures are set to fall to -2 degrees as heavy rain and wind are expected in the coming days

Detectives are treating the fire at the building in Co Antrim as suspicious

Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident near O’Connell Street

A female garda suffered a fractured wrist and a male garda received facial injuries during the incident in Aylward Green about 1.50am.

It is the second garda attack in 24 hours after two gardaí were hospitalised in Mayo

The stabbing incident took place in the rural village of Batterstown about 4am. Image: Google Maps

The injured young man stumbled into a garden in Batterstown early this morning

The drug test involves analysing the driver’s saliva for cannabis, cocaine, opiates including heroin and morphine and benzodiazepines, which includes valium.

Garda to begin using new devices to test for substances including cannabis and cocaine

A passenger information sign at Seapoint Dart station in south Dublin on Friday morning. The vast majority of Dart, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services are not operating today. Photograph: Rachel Flaherty

Reaction: Dublin and rail passengers at stations and bus stops had no notice of action

Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after a road crash last Friday. Photograph: Facebook

Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after a collision near Abbeyfeale in Co Limerick

Cyclist Des Butler was fatally injured in a collision with a camper van in Co Clare on March 26th. File photograph: Facebook

Five cyclists killed in road collisions so far this year in Counties Dublin, Kildare, Clare

Eddie Staunton was receiving first aid when a man shot him a number of times.

Investigators attempting to establish if attack is linked to Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud

Couple Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after a road collision in Co Limerick on Friday. Photograph: Facebook

Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after collision with truck on Friday evening

A worker is in critical condition in hospital after a metal piece of a rollercoaster ride struck him in the chest during an incident on Friday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The man was seriously injured after a piece from the ride hit him in the chest

Sue the goat on her way to the parlour in Co Kildare on Wednesday morning. Photograph: @Anna_Dairy on Twitter

Met Éireann forecasts further heavy rain and blustery conditions for Wednesday night

 Pope Francis has said he is willing to consider ordaining older married men as priests in isolated communities.   File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Galway priest says he believes change, to deal with shortage of priests, will happen

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said An Post’s plan would be presented to a board in four to six weeks, and then to Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says future not as bad as suggested despite claim 1,100 offices are loss-making

The couple plan to stay in Sydney for the moment, while their yacht is retrieved. Photograph: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Nick Dwyer and partner saved after yacht capsized in ‘waves the size of buildings’

The injured man was airlifted from a Russian fishing vessel about 290km northwest of Erris Head about 4.30am. File photograph: Getty Images

Helicopter airlift takes place off Co Mayo coast as man in need of urgent medical care

Protesters call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment outside the Dáil. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

International Women’s Day protests call for access to abortion care in Ireland

Inspector Ken McLoughlin speaks to media after a fire at Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin where a woman and two children died.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

President and Taoiseach offer sympathies after blaze in Clondalkin step-down facility

File image of a post office sign in a Gaeltacht area in Ventry, Co Kerry. File photograph: Getty Images

No decisions yet made while in-depth review of network still ongoing, says An Post

A file photo from 2014 shows schoolchildren paying their respects at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway where ‘significant quantities’ of human remains were found. Photograph: AFP

‘We were wronged and we did no wrong. Our children were taken,’ says home survivor

  Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath who confirmed on Tuesday  a commission of investigation has been set up into the care of ’Grace’ in a foster home in the southeast.  Photograph: Collins

Senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly will lead commission and report within one year

Liam Neeson has been named the richest Irish actor in the Sunday Times rich list. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary joins billionaire club for the first time

The player or players with the winning ticket are advised to sign the back and call the prize claims team on (01) 8364444. Image: Google Streetview

Supervalu in south Dublin suburb of Knocklyon celebrates selling lucky ticket

Karl Swaine (9) with his brother, Cillian (4), and his mother, Sharon, at home in Lucan. Karl has Hunter syndrome and is being treated in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Mother of nine-year-old with rare genetic disorder on diagnosis – and living positively

Gardaí at the scene in Drumalee Park off the North Circular Road in Dublin 7, where shots were fired at a house on September 2nd, 2016. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Gunman shot at Hutch family member on Drumalee Road in Dublin before fleeing

Fiona Sinnott with her daughter Emma was 19 when she went missing in February 1998.

19-year-old last seen at midnight after leaving Butler’s pub in Broadway, Co Wexford

An ESB crew works to restore power at Sandyford in south Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

ESB confirms some homes will remain without power for a second night following storm

Storm Doris is in the way. Walker at  Sandycove, Co Dublin amid high waves earlier in February. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Heavy rain to fall across the country with snow, hail and sleet expected in some areas

Storm Doris is set to bring gales, rain and snow. Photograph: Darius Cerneckis/EyeEm

Met Éireann warns of severe winds and heavy rain, with snow on northern hills

 Dublin Fire Brigade were called to a  fire at a building in Mountjoy Square in Dublin about 7.20am. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade battled the blaze for hours on Mountjoy Square as five people are taken to hospital

Central Bank in Dublin: the economy, society and environment were assessed by Social Justice Ireland

Ireland ranks 11th on 15-strong Sustainable Progress Index, says Social Justice Ireland

 Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting incident on the North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí are investigating fatal incident at home on the North Circular Road on Sunday

 Alannah Beirne, from Naas, Co Kildare, who is a contestant on the forthcoming series of Britain’s Next Top Model. Photograph: Lifetime/PA Wire

Brenda Hyland Beirne was crowned 30 years ago, now daughter Alannah is in spotlight

Irish Retriever Rescue wrote the post on Facebook on Wednesday asking the public for help. Photograph: Irish Retriever Rescue/Facebook

Charity receives an ‘overwhelming response’ to plea over four pairs of golden retrievers

New York’s One World Trade Centre will “go green” to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Photographs: Getty Images

New York’s One World Trade Center to sport green livery for occasion of our national day

Gardaí seized heroin worth €500,000 from a house in Crumlin. Photograph: An Garda Síochana

Man in his 20s arrested after haul found as house searched in Crumlin area

A computer generated picture of the Luas Cross City line at Broadstone in Dublin.

First test of new Luas Cross City line set to go ahead in mid-June this year

A Dublin man has died after falling ill on holiday in Barcelona. Photograph: Google maps

Dublin man fell ill on night out with friends, DFA providing consular assistance to family

British prime minister Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at  an informal meeting of EU heads of state or government in Valletta, Malta, 3rd February 2017. Photograph: Yves Herman/EPA

Hard Border: Customs controls between Republic and NI unavoidable, say lawyers

Tesco is Ireland’s largest private employer, with 14,500 workers. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Company says 280 people will be affected by new terms and conditions

A Fianna Fáil councillor is seeking a review of lighting in Killiney and further Garda patrols. Photograph: Frank Miller

Councillor seeks review of lighting and increased Garda patrols following incidents

Four men have been arrested after herbal cannabis worth an estimated €3.2 million was seized in Co Meath.  Photograph: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg.

Man charged over seizure of €110,000 worth of cannabis in separate operation in Cork

Micheal Feeney, manager of Applegreen Northbound, and staff members celebrate selling the winning ticket. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lusk service station drop its fuel prices on Friday to celebrate the jackpot win

Dublin Zoo has welcomed the arrival of a new bongo calf. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Dublin Zoo/PA Wire

Wild population of rare African antelope species in ‘rapid decline’ due to hunting

A man has been arrested after gardaí seized about €200,000 worth of cannabis at a property in Listowel, Co  Kerry.

Man (42) arrested after about 100 mature plants and 6.5kg of cannabis herb found

Figures from the Simon Communities report showed just 17 per cent of the properties were available for people in receipt of rent supplements or Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to rent. Photograph: iStock

Simon Communities says gap between rents and housing benefits continue to grow

Ireland’s last EuroMillions jackpot winner was the Dublin Bus  drivers syndicate, which won nearly €24 million  last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shop in Cork village of Glounthane rumoured to have sold ticket to 34-strong syndicate

Six army cases were heard at the Military Justice Centre at McKee Barracks in Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Six members of military faced court martial proceedings in Dublin last year

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