Sally Bayley: Fans of orderly, mapped-out narratives will likely be driven to distraction by her often experimental structure

Sally Bayley recalls her difficult upbringing and love of letters in unforgettable style

Cocktails are becoming more and more popular in Ireland.

Move over pints and chardonnay – discerning Irish people are discovering there’s much more to cocktails than Sex on the Beach

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Dee Featherstone hopes to set a world record today with her charity skinny dip

Woodview, Tinahely, Co Wicklow

Rising rents, long commutes, the ceaseless hamster wheel of daily life. If a change of scenery is needed, there are plenty of oppo(...)

Dave Haslam: 'Mark E Smith always seemed to symbolise something beyond himself'

Dave Haslam, onetime Hacienda DJ, has vignettes on Madchester, Morrissey and Mark E Smith

Dave Conway with friends.

Each day my wife whispered in my ear, ‘come back to us, Keisha needs you’

Hipster style: Using industrial accents, reclaimed wooden pallets and battered mid-century furniture was, in the very first instance at least, likely borne out of financial necessity. Getty

The ‘hipster basic’ trend has filtered down to the high street and every Airbnb listing

Ben Adams and Joanne Clifton in Flashdance: “When I was told the leading man was Ben from A1 I first said, ‘couldn’t you get him from Westlife?’” says Clifton

Ben Adams, head heartthrob in 1990s pop act A1, is now starring in ‘Flashdance’. He looks back on the madness of his pop-idol care(...)

Anastasia Kriegel (14): her  body  was found at a derelict farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin

So far this year four women have died in Ireland by femicide

 Full-time artist Leah Hewson  has a new jewellery line with Edge Only jewellery. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leah Hewson is on a creative roll, and is finally ditching the ‘Bono’s niece’ tag

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle ride in the Ascot Landau carriage after getting married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Cycle unnoticed in the Phoenix Park like Beyoncé or go bowling like Bruce Springsteen

Louise O’Neill at the Everyman Theatre in Cork, where the stage adaptation of her novel ‘Asking For It’ will be performed as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Author Louise O’Neill talks modern life and sexuality with secondary-school students in Cork

It’s not the done thing, evidently, to openly admit to liking the royals, or wanting to celebrate the royal wedding. Yet cometh the hour, it’s safe to assume that most Irish people will be throwing a glance, even a furtive one, towards the nuptials.

There’s no better way to watch royal event, even ironically, than a viewing party

Ed Sheeran with Siobhan Jones-Evans: she has travelled the globe with other superfans to watch Sheeran perform, from New York and Dubai to Paris and London

Siobhan Jones-Evans is going to Sheeran’s gigs in Cork, Belfast, Galway and Dublin

Dermot Bannon - making plans

TV star’s tips on getting the most out an architect’s hour in the RIAI Simon fundraiser

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on  their engagement day. Photograph:  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Body language expert Judi James on Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Leo Varadkar and Donald Trump

Ed Sheeran on the opening night of his Australian tour,  at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia, in March. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

As a superfan, Siobhan Jones-Evans has a busy time ahead of her

High-octane visuals help the Irish band deliver a rousing live show in Oklahoma

“It’s huge very emotive and I accept that,” says Edge. “But I’m for it. I support Repeal.” With Bono at this year’s Grammy in January. Photograph:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Dublin band choose Trump-supporting Oklahoma to kick off their ‘issues based’ tour

Christie Watson: ‘I started to become emotionally numb to quite shocking events.’

Christie Watson’s insight into humanity – the suffering, compassion, hope and tenderness

'The truth of it is that a kitchen island rarely stays looking like a stunning showcase piece for long.' Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

They are the ultimate status symbol for the Irish home, but are islands necessary?

Concealed pregnancies: during a study carried out in 2015, midwife Sylvia Murphy-Tighe spoke to women who described their fear of being pregnant as “paralysing”. Photograph: Getty

Concealed pregnancies, such as one revealed in Co Offaly this week, are more common than most of us think

Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in Sex and the City: still influential 20 years later

Soon celebrating its 20th anniversary, the hit TV show rewrote the playbook for women. But how has it aged?

JD Wetherspoon: ‘I don’t think they had a strong social media strategy to begin with.’ Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

It makes business sense. Creating content is hard, and a good website is more valuable for them

Linda Barker: Throughout the 17 series of ‘Changing Rooms”, the wow factor was paramount.

Since the heady days of 1990s TV, Barker has learned about future-proofing property

Artist Chára Nagle in her studio.

Four recession survivors advise on how to keep your head in good times and bad

Dublin 8 house redesigned by Ryan Kennihan

Glass box extensions can make a home feel too open, says architect Ryan Kennihan

‘I wanted to create a headstone that was durable, timeless and beautiful’.

Dealing with her parents death led Carol McGowan on an unlikely career path designing headstone and ‘cremation art’

Author Leni Zuma.

Leni Zumas third novel, Red Clocks, has been described as a successor to The Handmaid’s Tale

‘Starchitect’ Dermot Bannon and quantity surveyor Lisa O’Brien of ‘Room to Improve’ fame

The last episode of a hugely enjoyable ‘Room to Improve’ series lacked the usual drama

Beauty blogger Grace Mongey: ‘We got the call saying the house was ours, and it was such a surreal moment.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

With a new baby, it was time for the beauty blogger to give up renting in order to buy

Erica Garza: “I’d talk about porn when I’d had a few drinks and I probably seemed like a cool chick but I was never honest about the type of porn I watched, or the feelings it aroused in me.”

Erica Garza has written a clear-eyed memoir about living with – and recovering from – sex addiction

Some Londoners at the bar in Connolly Station one Good Friday, passing time before the clubs opened again at midnight. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

People who run off-licences, pubs and other businesses on how 2018 will be different

‘A growing number of people have no truck with Facebook’s pull.’ File photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

The #DeleteFacebook movement is gaining traction. How can users effectively delete their account and what might they miss?

Put the space under your stairs to good use. Photograph: Getty Images

Having more rooms won’t necessarily give you the space you need

Instead of enjoying the snow, you might be one of the unlucky ones, however, who woke up to a home-related headache

Six tips to help when the electricity is down and the windows are leaking

Dancing with the Stars:  anything can happen. Photographs: Kyran O’Brien/RTÉ

Behind the scenes of the RTÉ hit show, from the nervy celebs to the team that delivers the slick production

Writer John Boyne and his interior designer Caroline Flannery in his Rathfarnham home. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The best-selling author’s house was full of memories; interior designer Caroline Flannery gave it a whole new vibe

Gabriel Byrne: ‘Weinstein  was intensely disliked, but he had such power.’ Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The Dublin actor on sex harrassent, and why fame is like being trapped in a drum

Auctioneer Brendan Bowe with  Baxter in Ballincollig, Cork. ‘It’s an extraordinary ice-breaker, having a pet around.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/  Provision

Pets leave their mark on the workforce by lowering stress levels and increasing team spirit

Jess Kidd, author, pictured in St. Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

London-Irish writer has delivered her second, 'genre-splicing' novel, The Hoarder

Elbowroom Escape in remote Donard, Co Wicklow

It takes practice to really let go and be comfortable with your own thoughts

Rachel Schoene, administrator at the CoderDojo foundation,  with her 10-year-old daughter Lexi

Even tech companies admit there’s no function or tool that replaces a healthy, ongoing dialogue

Change up your cupboard door handles. you can always change them back at the end of the tenancy

Don’t live with your landlord’s bland taste – take advice from these top designers

Desperately seeking a plumber. Photograph: Getty Images

You know the boom is back when plumbers and electricians won’t take your calls

If your wallet is getting dusty, bring someone on a tour or rent out your house. Photograph: Getty

Ten ways to get your hands on some extra cash during the longest month of the year

‘By the time mid-January rolls around, it’s not unusual for our finances to be teetering close to peril.’

From giving blood to nixers, there are ways to survive the financially toughest month of the year

Once the trendy cafes with blackboards move in, it’s probably too late to make a canny property investment. Photo: Getty

Once the cafe blackboards and Deliveroo cyclists are in an area, it’s usually too late to invest

An Irish survey found that only 57 per cent of Irish people interact with their neighbours on a regular basis

Tanya Sweeney on the art of being a good neighbour

‘I started to understand what Margaret Cho meant when she said that being thin is like trying to hold a basketball underwater’

Tanya Sweeney: Yes, there are plenty of success stories but the uniquely joyless slimming club does not work for me

‘The market is positively overflowing with books on how to manage anxiety, but Morgan’s sits a cut away from the rest.’

From bestsellers that have sold in their millions to new wellness writers on the block, this is the perfect starting point for a m(...)

‘As if to compound the awfulness of going back to work after a festive break there is Fat Cat Thursday’. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

By the time you come back from lunch today, the UK's top chief executives will have earned more this year than your entire salary

From adult swaddling to orgasmic meditation, there are some truly crazy alternative wellness programmes available

There is a certain onus on the host to offer a generous welcome without issuing too many pernickety caveats. Photograph: Getty Images

Tanya Sweeney on how to host a guest and then send them on their merry way

John Wilson with his dog Coco: “I’d say if I were to go to Finglas today, I’d be like the Pied Piper.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Beloved 1980s’ television series enjoys a second life thanks to social media

Robert Sutton: 'My father always told me to avoid a**holes at all costs, no matter how rich or powerful they might be, because I would catch their nastiness and impose it on others.'

Stanford professor Robert Sutton has advice for avoiding objectionable people

We may emigrate, but we almost always feel that pull back to  home

Nostalgia is fun, and the Irish have a knack for it. Yet the finality of clearing out the family home is an emotional head-spin yo(...)

Top of the world: Paul Mescal’s nosebleed trajectory in Irish theatre has certainly singled him out as one to keep an eye on. Photograph: Ste Murray

The Gate: Twenty-one-year-old acting newcomer Paul Mescal has been cast in some of the country’s biggest theatrical productions

Counting the seats at the bar, 9 Below holds 80 people with many quiet corners and alcoves.

A new concept bar that's seductive, sonorous, and with serious top notes of Don Draper

No sleeping pill promotes a natural sleep – ‘it’s sedation, not sleep’

'The number of health issues related to sleep pretty much trumps everything else'

 Esther Perel: an eminent, searingly honest voice of reason on modern relationships.  Photograph: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Girlboss Media)

Finding ‘The One’ sets most people up for an emotional fall

Swedish model Elsa Hosk at the 2017 Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai in November. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

The underwear store, which opened in Dublin this week, celebrates a narrow version of femininity

The queue outside Victoria’s Secret on Grafton Street before it opened its doors at 10am on Tuesday, December 5th. Photograph: Tanya Sweeney

‘I love my underwear’: A first look inside the flagship Grafton Street store

Celine Byrne.

Ireland’s best-known soprano effortlessly moves from opera to ‘The Sound Of Music’

John Murphy, a piano tuner, is the man behind the piano on the platform at Pearse Street Dart Station

John Murphy’s Pearse Street station piano was a hit and now he’s looking to raise money for the homeless with another one

Vicki Larson suggests that couples take an “emotional” inventory every seven years (or in some cases, before deciding whether or not to have children)

A new book argues that marriage as a lifelong contract is past its sell-by date

Giving a room piled high with newspapers a clearout and a makeover might be a neat narrative arc on TV, but there’s often much more to it than that. Photograph: Getty Images

Researchers are exploring links between life-changing events and hoarding

Stacey Dineen, body positivity activist: “I do get negative comments, but they don’t affect me anymore”

Limerick woman and body positivity activist Stacey Dineen is on a mission to help

It takes a special motivation to think about tricep dips during the ad break for Gogglebox, but as habits go, it’s a relatively easy one to get into. Photograph: Kevin Mingora/Allentown Morning Call/MCT via Getty Images

Trick to successful exercise at home is realising you don’t need the pricey gear

Crossing over - southside to northside on the  Millennium Bridge. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Welcome back to the northside. You’ll love being back on the right side of the river’

Alfie Byrne was a mass of contradictions: a man fond of grandeur, yet who prided himself in fixing his own push-bike. A politician seduced by the pomp of Westminster, who didn’t mind getting his boots wet when the occasion arose.

Alfie: The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne review: Trevor White animates an overlooked Dublin legend, vividly evoking the past

Blue bedroom at  Rath Ullord, a new housing scheme in Co Kilkenny. Photo:  Dylan Vaughan

Previously safe, neutral shades have given away to an explosion of colour

Grace Jones: The documentary ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami’ is out on Friday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Director Sophie Fiennes pulls no punches - making her the perfect director to make a biopic of the magnificent Grace Jones

Niall Horan: “It’s not like I’m going around wrecking the place, taking a load of drugs. I’m not that kind of guy”

As the One Direction star from Mullingar – currently single – prepares to launch his debut solo album, ‘Flicker’, Tanya Sweeney me(...)

Unless your friend is willing to move 95 carloads, get the professionals in. Photograph: Getty Images

Don’t use a friend, don’t get emotional and above all, carry your own toilet roll

Abortion rights campaigners pass along the quays as part last year’s March for Choice. The 2017 event takes place in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands expected at sixth annual March for Choice in Dublin

Irish in Britain: “My parents never experienced any racism,” says Dermot O’Leary. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

The ‘X Factor’ host on childhood summers, being Irish in Britain, and growing up a gabbler

People writing on the #SoundEffect ‘Wall of Sound’ at Electric Picnic 2017

The #SoundEffect campaign was embraced by millions and has been praised by the Taoiseach and the President

Ciara Sidine: “It’s funny how a crisis can push you towards something you didn’t have the confidence to do before.” Photograph:  Emily Quinn

‘It’s not always possible to do what you want, but if you don’t do something to fulfil your own desire, there’s a price,’ writes s(...)

`Bella DePaulo is very much single at heart. She loves solitude, and can go for days at a time without feeling lonely or isolated’

Are you single at heart? Bella DePaulo’s believes some people are best out of relationships

Photo posted by Conor McGregor on social media: “It’s never too early to start dressing like a Baggot Street bank manager”

We've pulled together some pointers from the sports star's (very) charmed life

I’m asked “Just you?” as though a woman looking for a small house is weird

I had duly filled out my CAO form with the greatest hits: Dentistry, Medicine, Law, Veterinary Science, but in the end I didn’t get within shouting distance of any of them. File photograph: Getty Images

The #nowrongpath campaign reminds school leavers that exams are only one path to a career

Caroline Farrell: ”I didn’t fit in at school, mostly due to the fact that I had spent a couple of years in Goldenbridge orphanage as a child.”

With Leaving Cert results due tomorrow, Caroline Farrell recalls how she got the confidence to pursue education in her 30s

LIsa Wilkinson at The Elbowroom Escape in Donard, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Selling her city cottage allowed Lisa Wilkinson to set up a new home and business

The typical Irish holiday: pretty on the outside, practical within. Phootgraph: Getty

Irish holiday home-owners are not necessarily in the business of selling you a boutique lifestyle for a couple of days

A customer reaches for an item on a shelf in an Ikea store Photograph: Sergio Dionisio/Bloomberg via Getty Images

We’re drawn in by the Scandinavian clean lines, not to mention the clever potato mashers

The singer's newest bid to break the Internet hints at someone who has bought into their own legend

‘Angela’s Ashes: the Musical: From left, Marty Maguire (Malachy McCourt), Clare Barrett (Grandma) Eoin Cannon (Frank McCourt) Jacinta Whyte (Angela) and Emmet Byrne (Malachy jnr). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dubliner’s latest role sees her take on the part of Frank McCourt’s put-upon mother

“I find myself in a unique position. I’m a property owner who bought at the height of the market first time around.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

But we’ve been here before – it’s best not to be seduced by these numbers

Roller derby women in action

Roller derby is a bruising sport played by ‘women who are unafraid and totally outspoken’

RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry during Donald Trump’s phone call with Leo Varadkar RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry during Donald Trump’s phone call with Leo Varadkar

Caitríona Perry quietly returned to her seat without reacting after Donald Trump singled her out for some seamy treatment

 It prompts a few questions: will Kris Jenner spin this into an intriguing reality TV storyline? Photograph: Getty Images

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West look set to join a long line of A-listers who have explored surrogate pregnancy

Terry Waite at home in Suffolk, England. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Waite, who was released from captivity over 25 years ago, on Islamism, Trump and his lost years

The Medina Garden Gazebo from DFS

When did buying garden furniture become an exercise of lavish excess?

Amybeth McNulty playing the lead role of Anne With An E

Amybeth McNulty takes on iconic role from the ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ series – albeit with a darker twist

Instead of gadgets and gimmicks, think classic clean lines and light. And enough space for a big Netflix-binge-worthy sofa

I don’t want a sexy lifestyle, just space and wipe-down furniture

LS Hilton: “I was a totally crap model: too short, too fat and I’ve got a funny face”

There’s more to LS Hilton and her writing than the ‘filthier Fifty Shades’ tag suggests

Lean in 15 catchphrases: Joe Wicks calls weighing scales “sad steps” and heads of broccoli “midget trees”. Photograph: Channel 4

The Lean in 15 fitness guru is on a crusade to change the way we think about food

Can a sex robot really be a substitute for the real thing?

Technological advancements mean that what was once a dystopian fantasy is closer to becoming reality than ever. But is the rise of(...)

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