It wasn’t until the 1970s that women’s bodybuilding began. Jenni Muphy (left), Siobhan O’Hagan (centre) and Jade Wilson (right) Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is gruelling, expensive and time-consuming, so why is women’s bodybuilding growing in popularity?

‘When did Halloween move from terror to titillation?’

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Rosemary Mac Cabe (centre) singing at Gardiner Street Gospel Mass. Photograph: Gavin Crosby

Singing in the church choir has made me realise Mass can be enjoyable, and even eye-opening

Four-bedroom house fully refurbished and extended

MICHAEL FASSBENDER: Chelsea ankle boots with Gore-tex, €295 at Dubarry (; aviator sunglasses, €3 at Penneys; Enduro sweatshirt, €126 (£120) by Barbour at House of Fraser; organic dry-denim jeans, €100 by Nudie at

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A worker at a Paris salon’s presentation on ethical fashion, featuring environmentally-friendly T-shirts made of organic cotton and toxic-free dyes, each conveying a political or artistic message. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Ethical fashion came to the fore in the 1990s before fading like a cheap T-shirt. But it seems to be making a comeback as consumer(...)

FULL-ON FLORALS, clockwise from left: floral sweater in Irish linen (€275) by Sinéad Doyle (;  floral dress, €180 by Butterly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams; double print shirt, from a collection at H&M; clutch bag, £35 at

From staples (sorbet shades, flower power) to the less expected (see-throughs, metal hues), here’s a glimpse of the near future

 From left, FRAN & JANE: Brea 1 houndstooth dress with detachable collar was €179, now €90; COLDLILIES: yellow pendant, was €75, now €67.50, by Muireann Walshe; pink pendant, was €140, now €126, by Muireann Walshe; neon multistrand necklace by Sonal Talgeri Bhaskaran, was €175, now €122.50; orange and pink amulet by Sonal Talgeri Bhaskaran, was €105, now €73.50; cocktail ring by Sonal Talgeri Bhaskaran, was €200 now €140. ASOS.COM: printed dress reduced to €81 from €135

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Blue snakeskin stilettoes, €245 by Lucy Choi at Seagreen; Versace’s Crystal Noir eau de toilette, €43 for 30ml at Boots; River Island’s bouclé coat, €120, comes in cream, baby pink and (pictured) a rich raspberry; Whistles Limited calf-hair satchel, €490

The first rule of buying Christmas presents for the women in your life is: pay attention in the run-up. There will be hints

Eily O’Connell mace cufflinks, €190 at; Zara’s trekking trainers, €49.95; Thomas Sabo watch, €239; grey Fairisle patterned cardigan, €75 by Mantaray at Debenhams

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Two-bed end-of- terrace house with off-street parking and large rear garden

Left, from top: Shop Street in Galway; Laundromat Cafe in Reykjavik. Middle: a model wears a Chouchou Couture hood-scarf combo; right, from top: shoppers on Laugavegur, one of the oldest shopping streets in Reykjavik; Princes Square in Glasgow; Aniar in Galway

Your guide to indulging in the holy trinity of activities – sleeping, eating and shopping – in these three vibrant cities

Bottle-blue silk sweater with sequins, €239 by Sian Jacobs at Emporium Kalu in Naas and at Seagreen in Monkstown and Ranelagh (; black taffeta skirt, €462 by Dice Kayek at; gold and steel ring, €150 by Stonechat Jewellers, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2

At Christmas, more is more. For those of us who enjoy a bit of peacocking, this is the time to get strutting

Mukluk sheepskin-lined boots, €215 by FitFlop; purple suede ankle boots, €260 by Violavinca at; beaded collar jumper (€25), coloured skinny jeans (€20), link-chain shoulder bag (€15), fringe detail boots (€20), all at Heatons; grey coat (€149), white lace top (€79.95), white jeans with embroidery, (€79.95), beaded belt (€39.95), fringed boots (€199), all by Isabel Marant for H&M

Sorry Nancy, but the best boots are definitely not made for walking

Clockwise from main: Marina & the Diamonds sporting Natalie B Coleman designs; Turkish-born designer Umit Kutluk; Dublin styling powerhouse Grace Moore

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Extended house in a space that was originally allocated for two houses

Both have been renovated and upscaled from three-beds to four-beds by extending into the garage show the potential of these types (...)

Fran in Love/Hate

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Two-bed apartment with city views solid wood floors and open-plan living area

Printed blouse (€79.95), skirt (€119), cape (€169), all from Avoca (; Red sweater (€120); printed dress (€165); belt (€35), all by NW3 Hobbs at Arnotts; Coat (€109); top (€40), jeans (€47.50) and scarf (€27), all Limited Collection at Marks & Spencer (

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FROM LEFT: tulip coat, €35 at Penneys; knitted PU front jumper, at Topshop (£46 at; metallic pencil skirt, £165 by Jaeger at; pink cropped trousers, £19.50 at; bow-detail coat, €605 by Red Valentino at Brown Thomas. BOTTOM ROW: cashmere socks, €40 (50 per cent of all October sales go to Irish Cancer Society) at Monaghans Cashmere; leather brogues with Perspex heel, €755 by Simone Rocha at; crew-neck jumper, €25 at Dunnes Stores; handwoven horse-hair necklace on 22ct gold chain, €70 by Daniela Cardillo at

No one could have predicted the meteoric rise of the shade of pink that Simone Rocha sent down her autumn-winter catwalk

Former minister’s three-bed with organic-certified gardens and trailer garage

25 Beach Road is a well kept, warm and cosy home with plenty of character

Dena Walker wearing a Vivienne Westwood antique print dress, which she bought for €485. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

We read a lot about investment purchases – but who are the women who spend big on their clothes, and why do they do it?

Five-bedroom family home with large garden, private off-street parking and a spacious floored attic

Four-bedroom house with five bathrooms, currently in use as a B&B, with private rear parking and a stylish rear extension

Four-bedroom detached family home on Nutley Road with extensive rear gardens

Three-bedroom terraced house off Mespil Road with private rear parking

Left to right: Annie Georgia Greenberg showing off her midriff;  Chiara Ferragni; Caroline Issa in off-white; and Johnny Wujek wearing . . . cycling shorts . . . and a matching zip-up. Photographs: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty and Chelsea Lauren/Getty

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Two terraced houses on Dublin’s southside – including this one for €295,000 with an open-plan livingroom – make the most of their (...)

Two terraced houses on Dublin’s southside – including this one for €350,000 with a private garden – make the most of their limited(...)

Faux fur coat, €90 (embellished jumper, €40; faux leather pencil skirt, €50) at A-Wear

Autumn is here, and winter will soon follow – investing in one of the new season’s coats might just help ease the transition

This pristine five-bedroom house has large gardens and plenty of privacy

Five-bed detached house with pool and ponds, a gym and an outdoor bar for €1.5 million

It may still be summer but the fashion world has its eyes firmly on autumn, winter and beyond

 Sarah Greene  wears a coat handed down to her by her grandmother.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Most of our clothes, once bought, are of very little importance to us, but this is not the case with precious items handed down by(...)

Black and white dress, €80 (in-store late August/early September) at Evans

Carrying a bit of extra weight? Don’t make heavy weather out of summer dressing

High-low maxi dress, €33 at River Island

They used to seem like a lazy choice but, as the sun continues to shine, maxi-dress snobbery falls by the wayside

If you want to be smart and help save the planet then buying vintage is a good way to start

Linen shirt from Debenhams (currently on sale, at €31.50 – was €45)

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Two two-beds on the market – one either side of the Liffey – have period charm and make clever use of their limited space

Two two-beds on the market – one either side of the Liffey – have period charm and make clever use of their limited space

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It’s all too easy to get hot and bothered in a heatwave, so read our tips and stay cool

Two-storey family home with open-plan living areas and private garden

Spacious house with separate wood cabin on three-quarters of an acre with landscaped gardens and a separate wood cabin

Aveen Kinsella

A different type of Irish model is emerging – but she may not hang around

Left to right: Saskia dress (€130) at Bow & Pearl, Ranelagh; mint green dress (€230, was €289), at Fran & Jane; multicoloured print dress (€1,450), by Peter Pilotto at Brown Thomas

Sex, the city and showing one’s bra straps: how one show changed fashion forever

Capistrano, 35 Hillside Drive, Castlepark, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. €495,000

20 Gilford Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4. €695,000

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Wedding accessories and comfortable flats

One study found that women prefer bike facilities that are separated from motorised transport

Just 27 per cent of cyclists are women, with most citing safety concerns as the reason for their bike-phobia

Spacious home built in 1992 and designed with families seeking privacy in mind

Above, left to right. Green dress (€176), by Mary Portas,  green fine-knit jumper (£60,, by St Martins ; gold pouchette (€129), by Biba. Yellow twist-detail dress (€129). Oversized printed shirt (€129), paisley-print skinny jeans (€116), by Mary Portas. All at House of Fraser

Mary Portas has created a collection for women in their 40s that appeals to all ages

Large detached house in Rathgar with original features and lots of potential

Try these travelling tips for a stylish holiday

A case for self-control: save those shoulders and slim down your summer packing

Printed jacket (€69), vest (€36), skirt (€34), clutch (€31) from Next.

If we learn to layer, our changeable weather needn’t mean four changes of clothes a day

Above, left to right: Above, bandeau bikini top (€7), joggers (€17), bag (€9), sandals (€13), rings (€5), bracelets (€5), all at Penneys;  blazer (€69), tapered trousers (€41), check blouse (€33), sandals (€43), all at Next; geo-print wide-legged trousers (£40), at

Trousers used to be strictly nine to five, but now they can be the star of the show

46 St Gabriel’s, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

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Number 18 South Park is an attractive, spacious house with all the mod cons one could ask for – and a price tag to match

Putting fashion back into vision: Anne Hathaway. Photograph: John Sciulli/Getty Images

Given a choice, most stylish people choose to wear glasses, so make sure your frames make a statement

Flexible four-bedroom house with gardens front and back

Above left to right:  belted dress (€250), by Fee G at Harvey Nichols;  floral dress (€45), by Gallery at Dunnes; jacket (€90), blouse (€33), sunglasses (€13), skirt (€25), and shoes (€67), at River Island; Red Herring stripe blazer (€70), pussy bow blouse (€47), cigarette pant (€39), shoes (€70), at Debenhams

Stripes are your friend; learn to love prints; and drape and gather: the tricks of the fashion trade

Two-bedroom ground-floor apartment with views of Dalkey Island and private dock

Left to right:  denim dress (€97), at East;  culottes (£30/€35) at; sleeveless printed dress (€348), by Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott at; printed top (€24) and jeans (€32), at Dorothy Perkins

Don’t be afraid to double down on denim fashion but keep it fun and casual

Sponsored Feature: We spend up to one-third of our lives in bed – so make it a sanctuary

From left: orange runners (€29.99) at Zara; high-shine orange-tinted brogues (€320), by Jeffery West at Arnotts; and grey suede shoes (€68) at Topman. Photographs: Bryan O’Brien

Men’s choice of footwear reveals a lotabout their character and attitude

Five-bedroom detached house with rear and garage extensions, large back garden and off-street parking

Rocky Valley Drive, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow

Exercise caution when taking inspiration from celebrities for maternity outfits

Left to right: Floral trousers (€52) at Next; Printed palazzo pants (€39.95) at Zara; Check pencil skirt (€62), by J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams;   Printed trainers (€40) at River Island. Cut-out boots (€85) at

Monochrome is the latest trend for spring and summer, so enjoy it while you can

Bushy eyebrows and no fake tan – that’s what Elite model scout Leah Hibbert is looking for in Dundrum Town Centre today

Members of the Daniels dance school, Leixlip on stage at the championships yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Citywest Hotel was hopping as dancers gave it socks on the final day of world contest

A view from on high in Killiney

Performers make their way down O'Connell Street Dublin during the St Patrick's Day Parade. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

But revellers still turn out to witness artistic spectacle

Quick turnaround for D3 renovation

Left: Knit vest (¤240) by M Missoni; Skirt (¤320) by Anna Sui, both at Arnotts. Shoes (¤85), at Office. Middle: Shirt (¤47), skirt (¤33), and shoes (¤80), all from River Island. Right: Jungle print tee (¤95), by Michael Kors; skirt (¤285), by Marc Jacobs at Brown Thomas; shoes (¤65) at Office

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