Tanya Sweeney: ‘I won’t be trying to outsmart my body with punishing diets or regimes, as I’ve done before. My body gets me from A to B with minimal fuss, and that’s good enough for right now.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reach a place of genuine body neutrality and you will find it liberating in every way

With 1,256,808 posts in 2020 so far, gallery walls are by far the most popular trend on Instagram. Photograph: Getty

Home Front: Arrange smaller pieces of art and photographs together to make an impact. Then think about ditching the drinks trolley

Photograph: iStock

I’m desperate to have a house with enough room for the three of us

Manssistant: Stephanie Zimbalist, as Laura Holt, and Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele. Photograph: NBC

Tanya Sweeney: It’s amazing how much easier life can be when people think you’re a man

By 16, Pepe and the rest of it are a distant memory, because by now you have gone full Curehead/goth/grunge. Photograph: Michel Linssen/Redferns

We’ve all had to undergo a certain amount of trial and error in sartorial department

‘He is a rapist. Not rape-adjacent, or a bit rapey – he’s a rapist’: Arabella (Michaela Coel) in I May Destroy You

This most insidious of acts leaves survivors with a cloud of uncertainty over them

Samantha Power. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

Power and Melody Barnes, both former Obama insiders, spoke to Fintan O’Toole

Imelda May. Photograph:  Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

May recited GBH (or Grievous Battery Harm) at The Irish Times Summer Nights Festival

Lenny Abrahamson. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Abrahamson and Nadine Reid featured on day two of The Irish Times Summer Nights Festival

Social media is often a nuance-free zone without a shred of perspective

We need to see the difference between activism and meaningless online performance

Grey is the most popular interior paint colour – but which shade of grey is it?  Photograph: Gettty

Home Front: The photo-sharing social media site offers clues to the latest hues

Kanye West has announced on Twitter he will run for president, and his organisational mode for the White House  is allegedly based on the secret country of Wakanda in Black Panther. Photograph: Michael Wyke/AP

The rapper has said a lot of odd things over the years, but this is the strangest yet

Johnny Depp libel trial: Amber Heard (centre) and her ex-husband have accused each other of assault and abuse. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Whether the spotlight is on Bobby Brown or Tom Meighan, it can help victims seek aid

Would any Irish person ever really be able to buy into the idea that any GAA accessory could be an instrument of kink? Photograph: Getty Images

A New York club is using a GAA hurl in its sex parties. It serves a variety of purposes

Dr Clare Wenham, assistant professor of global health policy at the LSE, on the BBC, being interrupted by her daughter

Two reactions to kids interrupting their mums say much about work during the pandemic

Laura Dockrill: ‘You have to follow the thoughts through the really rational part of the brain, in a really scary way.’ Photograph: Sonny Malhotra

Author pays tribute to singer in compelling account of her experience after son’s birth

Cinema reopens: Karcsi Bennett, from Clonskeagh in Dublin, with his parents, Karl and Renata, at Movies@Dundrum on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘You can’t live in fear,’ says one Movies@ customer as screens reopen after lockdown

Why am I desperate to hand over upwards of €7 to a stranger for a glass of wine, in a room full of other strangers?  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tanya Sweeney: Picturing sitting in my local again is an image that has kept me vaguely sane

A passenger wears a mask on board a bus. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

On a Luas carrying around 80 passengers, just five are wearing masks

Marino Park extension designed by Ryan W Kennihan Architects.

The public is being asked to vote on the best buildings of the year, among them a handful of home extensions

RTÉ Does Comic Relief: the evening features Saoirse Ronan, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, Deirdre O’Kane, Dara Ó Briain, the Derry Girls, and Zig and Zag, among others

The charity telethon takes over RTÉ One on Friday night. Here’s what to expect

Author Sophie White’s new book is a sequel to her debut, Filter This. Photograph: Kip Carroll

Author Sophie White on her new book Unfiltered and being late to the Instagram party

Malachy Clerkin with his daughter Cara in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eight different kinds of dad on how their experience of fatherhood has changed them

Freelancers and temporarily unemployed hair stylists are making private appointments in clients’ homes for cuts and colours.

Early reopening of salons should put an end to stylists covertly visiting clients’ homes

Tanya Sweeney: My daughter, now that she is walking, takes every chance she can get to bolt out of the house. Photograph: Getty Images

Tanya Sweeney: Is it strange to want your little one to never grow up?

Letting it all hang out is a romance in and of itself. Photograph: iStock

Tanya Sweeney: The boring bits of our relationship have turned out to be the best bits

Domestic violence: JK Rowling wrote this week about her first marriage. Her ex-husband denies abusing her. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty

I stayed silent when I witnessed domestic violence. But we all need to speak out now

Paul Mescal: the Normal People star has crossed the Rubicon into style-icon territory. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element/RTÉ

Gucci’s €550 nylon shorts look suspiciously like the Normal People star’s Maynooth kit

There’s a long-held belief that people who eat to regulate their emotions are weak-willed or greedy but science says differently. Photograph: iStock

At a time of huge uncertainty and anxiety, we’ve gone full Christmas round here

Love/Hate: Brian Gleeson, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gillen in the first season of the Irish gangland drama

Before Normal People, the crime drama was Irish TV’s record-breaking must-watch series

Ita O’Brien: ‘I feel there are times we have sat and watched a sex scene where the actor isn’t feeling comfortable, and we squirm in the audience, because you feel that discomfort’

Intimacy co-ordinator Ita O’Brien has drawn up guidelines for trauma-free onscreen sex

Tops on: Lynn Ruane in the swimsuit that Lidl security objected; and Paul Mescal in Normal People. Photographs: Twitter/@SenLynnRuane and Enda Bowe/Element/RTÉ

As the actor jogged topless around London, Lidl asked the Senator to rethink her outfit

Even the most equally minded of households have been sent askew. Photograph: iStock

If this is the moment in history where we re-evaluate what's important, why not redress the domestic balance

Were you really mad about the Smiths and the Goonies, or do you just think you were?

Is looking back at simpler times really that heartwarming?

Big day out: I’m  determined to divine a balance between a special occasion and ostentatious wedding nonsense. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

A lockdown nuptials could be perfect for all of us with no taste for big-day ostentation

Candace Bushnell: 'There are so many conflicting messages on how to behave when you’re in your teens and 20s.' Photograph: Brian Ach/Getty Images

The author of Sex and the City is back with a call to arms for the post-#MeToo era

There is huge hype and chatter about Normal People: Why am I opting out of the cultural conversations that everyone else is having and enjoying? Photograph: Enda Bowe

I should be having the time of my life bingeing on great shows, but I’m not

It’s tiring  adding up your basket items in Lidl, making sure you have enough to not embarrass yourself at the till. Photograph: iStock

Don’t conflate your bank balance with your sense of self, or your prospects

Adele: the singer in the photograph she posted on Instagram today

The singer’s dramatic weight loss has social media back debating body image and beauty

What’s in a name? Elon Musk says he and Grimes have called their son X Æ A-12. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty

Take it from me, giving your son or daughter a distinctive name isn’t for the faint-hearted

What’s up? WhatsApp groups are making it impossible to avoid the people and conversations that you could easily sidestep in real life.  Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Tanya Sweeney: Save me from the ‘wild mums’, school pals and bin-obsessed neighbours

Caroline Calloway: the social-media influencer plans to make $80,000 this year as Instagram’s queen of ‘quarniness’. Photograph: Instagram/carolinecalloway

The social-media influencer plans to make the most of online ‘quarniness’

There’s something about this quotidian rhythm of the suburbs, and its lack of harried, frenzied pace that definitely appeals now.

Tanya Sweeney: My priorities are shifting – I don’t need to be near the fun, cool stuff

Clockwise from left: Frances Black, Darina Allen, John Creedon, Eavan Boland, Ann Rossiter, Ailbhe Smyth, Brendan Gleeson and Sheila Gallagher

Brendan Gleeson, Eavan Boland, John Creedon and others pass on advice during this uncertain time

Padraig Pearse Museum in St Enda’s Park. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There’s plenty of green space to enjoy in this city village with a friendly feel

Research from the US shows that by the age of 10, 80 per cent of American girls have been on a diet. Photograph: iStock

I’ve definitely made an effort to raise a more gender-neutral child – but fostering a positive body image is challenging

Wicklow town. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The commutable seaside town has a good selection of houses and stunning views

Irishtown, Dublin 4.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

This city village has parks and easy access to Grand Canal Dock and Sandymount seafront

Kate Elizabeth Russell: ‘When I got to the point where I finished the book, it aligned with this cultural moment of #MeToo, and the reading public and the publishing industry were eager to engage with this subject matter.’ Photograph: Elena Seibert

Kate Elizabeth Russell received a seven-figure advance for novel than began as teenage daydream

From left to right, Jeff Cohen, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Jonathan Ke Quan in a scene from the film ‘Goonies’, 1985. Photograph: Warner Brothers/Getty

It’s not like it used to be – most kids TV is built on education, interaction and engagement

Out for a walk on a bright spring morning on Shankill Beach in south Co Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

With permission granted for nearly 700 new homes, this sleepy suburb is set to grow

Tanya Sweeney: ‘As Joan Baez says, action has always been the antidote to despair.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Here’s what I’ve learned about keeping your head when your earnings drop – or vanish

Working from home: What’s presentable if you’re interacting with colleagues on Zoom or Google Hangouts? Photograph: iStock/Getty

Being at home doesn’t mean you’re not at work. Here are six style tips to remember

Doreen Cullen and her six-month-old son, Noah. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Mother’s Day: Rather than waiting to meet a partner, a growing number of Irish women are going solo

Baldoyle is not as highly developed as other coastal spots in the area. Photograph: Alan Betson

With the sea on its doorstep and a thriving community, this D13 district is set to grow

The disappearing sock supply is the great mystery of motherhood. Photograph: iStock

New parents are lost in a pile of useless tat. Where are the inventions we actually need?

Nine Arches bridge which crosses the river Dodder at Milltown, Dublin. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Well conected neighbourhood has plenty of choice in housing and schools but could do with some cafe culture

Meghan Markel and Prince Harry on their last royal engagement on Monday.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

She’ll no longer have access to the royal jewellery, but can also unstiffen her upper lip

St Brigid’s Crescent, Artane. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Dublin 5 neighbourhood a draw for young families seeking forever homes in solid semis

It helps to decipher estate agent speak when considering a property. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The business of selling houses has its very own language. Here are some favourite lines

Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, duke of Cambridge, arrive at the Guinness Storehouse on the first day of their visit to Ireland. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

Half the world will order the emerald Falconetti from the Vampire’s Wife site this afternoon

Will the woeful wobblers turn into the truly terrible twos? Photograph: iStock

The job spec of being a new mum has changed again. Now I need to think about finicky things like discipline

The Frascati shopping centre in  Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Neighbourhood known for pricey schools and homes has fine dining on its doorstep

Johanna Dooley co-founded Borrower Boutique with friends Chloe Best and Sarah Monahan. Photograph: Tom Honan

Clothes rental is a cheaper – and more sustainable – way to boost your style

The wave of gentrification that has washed over other parts of Dublin 8 has only lapped against Rialto, leaving the village largely untouched. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The city village where property bargains can still be found

A newborn baby in hospital. Photograph: iStock

In Facebook parenting groups I’ve come across more loss, death and grief than I ever could have imagined

Skerries has a working harbour. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ideal spot for families but house prices are among the most expensive on the northside

The living room of Barbara Behan’s London home

Barbara Behan's beautifully packaged car perfumes were picked for the goodie bags at this years Oscars. She's applied the same cla(...)

If you can see that bump and vacate your seat for a heavily pregnant woman, the gesture is always appreciated

I shouldn’t need a baby badge to get a seat on the bus. But maybe it’s my best chance

Grand Canal, Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This tangle of attractive streets is surrounded by a variety of amenities

Anyone with even a passing engagement with modern culture will be aware of the myriad distractions that interfere with meaningful social interactions

Book review: Kate Murphy shines a light on a culture that places a premium on performance, talking and oration

There is one constant in the first year of motherhood: you’ll always feel like you’re completely winging it.

One regret is not being more present during her first few days; I was too anxious to enjoy them

Haddington Terrace: Jeanne Jordan with  Gabriel (10); Lucien(6); Henri (2); Simon Jordan, baby Denis (5months) and Tristan (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Jeanne and Simon home-school three of their kids in their renovated Dún Loaghaire home

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose penchant for quitting is seen as a particularly bad blot on her character. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

There’s something toxic about the cultural conceit that quitters never win and winners never quit

Raheny Village, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Between Clontarf and Kilbarrack, Raheny has a superb park, arboretum and market

Sallynoggin Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Traditional neighbourhood has former local authority homes that tend to sell quickly

Tanya Sweeney: I didn’t think parenthood could get more exhausting. Photograph: iStock

Now that my one-year-old is crawling, she’s more of a risk to herself than ever

Malahide marina, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seaside village has a lot to offer residents but the closer you get to the water, the more the prices climb

Shades of Gray. ‘I’m happy where I am now.’ she says. ‘It’s a lovely shift. The things I want to achieve are within my reach.’

Derry-born author Catherine Gray is back with a book about celebrating the average

 Killiney beach. Photograph: Tom Honan

The leafy southside suburb attracts the super wealthy but there’s a hinterland of more affordable homes

I was convinced my baby would know the lyrics to every Pixies song before she could say the alphabet, and then rebel against it all by professing to like the latest K-pop sensation. Photograph: iStock

For a few hours only, I revisited my old, pleasure-seeking life

The centre of Blanchardstown village. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

The D15 neighbourhood is ideal for families with a wealth of education options

There are ways to make you less of an a**hole in 2020. Photo: istock

Moral dilemmas posed on ‘Am I The A**hole’ Reddit forum often go viral, and with good reason

Now might be the time to request a meeting with your boss and float the idea of working from home one or two days a week

Increase your water, veg and book intake and clear out your wardrobe and inbox

Michelle Monaghan in Messiah, which is streaming worldwide on Netflix

Star of Netflix’s new big-budget series Messiah is not surprised there’s already been spoilers

Main Street, Dundrum. Photograph: Tom Honan

With the Luas and shopping on its doorstep, the neighbourhood ticks a lot of boxes

We would walk into the swimming pool and the baby would burst with excitement. Photograph: iStock

Tanya Sweeney: After a few minutes of ‘oh, this is new’ suspicion, my baby took to the water like pro

Barges on the Grand Canal at Sallins. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Home buyers get more for their money in this commuter town with a fast rail link

Ranelagh Main Street: if wining and dining is your thing, welcome to your playground. Ranelagh has many high-end restaurants, both on its main drag and beyond. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former ‘flatlands’ is now sought after by rich singletons and young families

“Our artworks festered in the bottom of the school bag, not on the fridge door.” Photograph: iStock

I’m all for spreading the unfiltered truth; being a mum is way harder than it looks

Riverside walk along the Liffey in Chapelizod. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Locals truly believe the village is Dublin’s best-kept secret

Castleknock Village, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

A comfortable northside suburb with everything a person could want, and a price tag to match

Katy Davis: ‘To live a big life, you have to take big leaps.’ Photograph: Yasmine Kateb

Katy Davis from Clonskeagh in Dublin is starring alongside Edward Norton in a new noirish drama called Motherless Brooklyn

Oliver Bonas: Oliver Tress, the company’s founder, says the staff of the Dublin branch were ‘cool as you like’ during the busy opening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The UK design chain’s new branch is part of a global expansion. Will it survive Brexit?

Emily Maitlis grills Prince Andrew

Opinion: His TV ‘performance’ did not make the awful set of allegations disappear

‘We have found our sea legs after eight months of parenting.’

I learned a new phrase recently, ‘one and done’. Some friends use it decisively

Feeding the birds at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Despite the sprawling nature of this D11 area, locals love its old village feel

Rozzanne Stevens: “ I’ve sacrificed having the ‘normal’ settled life in exchange for freedom and flexibility.”

Is it possible to live successfully in two countries? Four people explain how they do it

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