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

Cyclist on the grounds of the Royal Hospital of Kilmainham. Photograph: Fran Veale

This part of Dublin has seen lots of development but kept an old-world feel

Keanu Reeves with Alexandra Grant in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photograph: Taylor Hill/Getty

The long-single actor turned heads after appearing in public with Alexandra Grant

The waiting game is fraught with uncertainty and low-level panic. Photograph: iStock

I’m prone to being a drama queen but asking the nurse ‘Are we doing to lose her?’ was a new low

Leinster Avenue, North Strand. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The D3 neighbourhood is an easy walk to some of the capital’s best attractions

Maureen MacEvily cottage AirBnB

What does it take to succeed as an Airbnb host? Four homeowners share their experiences

Children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Her fans always tell her the same thing: ‘You are part of my childhood.’ Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Jacqueline Wilson makes another return to the adulthood of her most cherished creation, Tracy Beaker

 Beach in Sandycove, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘The majority of people who buy houses here tend to stay for a very long time’

The Great British Bake Off is, essentially, The X Factor for people who would never dream of watching The X Factor.

All the ingredients for a cuddly, feel-good vibe are there, but something still tastes off

Púca is a new festival  claiming back Halloween under its original guise

Held across three towns, Púca aims to be a darker counterpoint to the St Patrick’s Festival

Jennifer Aniston: strict daily regime.   Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

Why exactly has the Friends star’s diet regime left us agog?

 Tanya Sweeney: ‘Now, conversations feel like I’m underwater.’ Photograph:    Dara Mac Donaill

I don’t make people laugh, unless they’ve just registered my skirt tucked into my tights

Stephen Bradley: ‘It all happened so suddenly, it was pretty surreal.’ Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Film director Stephen Bradley’s illness had a seminal effect on him and wife Deirdre O’Kane

Bunting Road, Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Some of the most sought-after addresses are roads named after singers and composers

‘Your birth experience matters to you. You’ll remember it for the rest of your life, and you have every right to be the key decision maker in that room.’ Photograph: iStock

Author Milli Hill urges women to be key decision makers in their childbirth experience

Irish man Paddy Smyth is still very much in the running for The Circle’s cash prize for the most popular contestant

Irish disability campaigner Paddy Smyth has gone viral on Channel 4's The Circle

The leafy New Cabra Road, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The Luas has given a boost to this D7 neighbourhood where prices are on the rise

In the toss-up between the crèche and the childminder option, the latter always won out. Photograph: iStock

For now, our childminder showers our daughter with care, affection and attention when we cannot


Virgin Media’s gritty new drama blends MMA and an exploration of why people join gangs

 Burrow Beach, Sutton, Dublin, with a view of Ireland’s Eye. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

You will need deep pockets to settle in this affluent north Dublin suburb

Amanda Palmer:  ‘It’s not really in vogue nowadays to show yourself, warts and all, in the age of self-branding and Instagram filters and hashtag-live-your-best-life.’ Photograph: Ant Palmer/Getty Images

The singer on Ireland’s abortion referendum, Fleabag, the joy of crowdfunding, and the weapons-grade rawness of her new album, The(...)

‘I think kids really struggle with the idea of being bored these days.’ Photograph: iStock

Peter Cosgrove has written a book called Family Fun Unplugged which does what it says on the tin

Emma Barnett: ‘If men were tasked with producing the next generation, I think everyone would have a gynaecologist.’ Photograph:  David M Benett/Getty

Emma Barnett’s book Period. It’s About Bloody Time is a clarion call against periods being seen as gross, dirty or weird

Devinish Road in Kimmage. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Dublin neighbourhood is popular with first-time buyers but it lacks nightlife

Britain’s Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Toby Melville/EPA/pool

Tanya Sweeney: The latest kerfuffle is around a €16 pair of H&M dungarees the Royal’s baby son Archie wore

Tanya Sweeney at home with her baby Isola. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Enormity of life and death bends my brain and: ‘how can anyone stay sane amid all this’

Ashbourne’s Main Street and its environs offer a range of shops, cafes and restaurants.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It's a hop from Dublin's city centre, but there's plenty to stay local for

‘Why put myself through the torture of looking at lovely properties that I’ll never even be able to afford? And why do I find this so soothing?’ Photograph: Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg via Getty

I find it soothing to look at other peoples’ homes, even if we’ll never be able to afford to live in them

Oliver Bonas Lightning Bolt Charcoal Grey Jumper €54

Insta-friendly retailer Oliver Bonas puts a spin on classics

Stoneybatter: the Dublin village has a strong sense of community. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Time Out magazine loves Dublin 7’s urban village. What do locals think of it?

Richmond Barracks, Inchicore. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Affordable living with easy access to the city centre, five parks, and community spirit

Peter Andre as Teen Angel in Grease the Musical at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Once a walking set of oiled abs, Andre now has his sights set on his original love: acting

  Tanya   Sweeney at home in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The break was glorious. We remembered, for the first time in a while, who we are

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen: their  shared humour and similar provenance has given the Aisling series a cohesive, distinct voice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght’s hit character is back – and coming to the big screen

Juniors Deli & Cafe (2 Bath Avenue): an eatery in Ringsend worth visiting.

Despite seismic demographic changes, Ringsend retains its community spirit

Brain scans carried out by American sleep scientists revealed a 60 per cent amplification in the activity of the amygdala – a key area for triggering anger and rage – in those who were sleep-deprived.

With sleep disorders on the rise in Ireland, a new weekend programme using holistic, physical and cognitive behavioural therapies (...)

Harold’s Cross has become a small, nicely textured oasis just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Young neighbourhood with plenty of small period houses but you’ll need to travel for groceries

A screen grab from the government’s No Excuses anti-harassment advertising campaign

Despite #MeToo and the rising popularity of consent classes, groping in public places hasn’t gone away for Irish women

First lady Melania Trump kisses Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau next to the US president Donald Trump during the family photo  at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on Sunday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Recent photograph shows first lady looking amorous but sometimes the camera can lie

Baby Isola. ‘Our third prong is adorable, and there is no shortage of love in this house, even if there is a niggling sense that she is now the love of our respective lives,’ writes her mother. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All the stuff that greases the wheels of romance gets shelved once a little one comes along

A view of Bray sea front promenade. Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Bray was day-tripper heaven for many years and it’s ideal for families

Are we really going back to chintzy interiors? Photograph: Getty

Chintz is so busy it rarely looks dirty, with fabrics so durable they can be wiped clean

Shay Byrne

Review: The presenter even makes the awful front-page news seem somehow okay

Eoin Cannon as Frank McCourt in Angela’s Ashes The Musical.

Angela’s Ashes returns to Dublin in September. What’s it like to see your family’s story of growing up in poverty as a musical?

Fagan’s pub. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Well-connected suburb has a good supply of family homes but many need refurbishment

Joe Duffy: for better or worse, Liveline has been triple-stitched into the fabric of Irish society

Joe Duffy's RTÉ Radio 1 show scratches an itch listeners barely even knew they had

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Five-star Dublin hotel to remove revolving door after string of personal-injury claims

Why would you want to hang out with women simply because they gave birth the same time as you? Photograph: iStock

I had my prejudices. Like mum jeans and mum hair, mum friends were just not cool

Is gossip good for female friendships? US sociolinguist and author Deborah Tannen believes so. Photograph: iStock

A US author and sociolinguist examines the complicated world of women’s inner circles

Manor Street, Stoneybatter: new restaurants, food trucks and artisanal gift shops sit alongside drapers and family-run stores that have been in operation for decades. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The first of a series on neighbourhoods in Dublin and the commuter counties

Popstar  Billie Eilish: Generation Z are claiming their own identity.  Photograph: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Often referred to in the same breath as millennials, Generation Z (aged between 4 and 24) are the offspring of Generation X

Love Island winners: Greg O’Shea and Amber Gill. Photograph: ITV

Takeaway moments from eight weeks of sun, sea, sangria and snogging with benefits

Love Island’s Irish finalists: Maura Higgins and Greg O’Shea. Photographs: ITV

Reality show’s Irish contestants need to beat Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague

Tanya Sweeney with  Isola Cregan:  ‘I definitely got the best side of the bargain – a healthy, delightful daughter.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tanya Sweeney: Having your body back to yourself after having a baby is an interesting experience

Kate Mulgrew: moved to a house on Lough Corrib to write her new memoir, How to Forget. ‘There was just me, a crackling fire and a computer. There was nothing to do but for go for it and go with it’

The star of Orange Is the New Black has a connection to Galway that runs deeper than family

On the issue of Trump’s recent racist comments that four US congresswomen of colour should ‘go home’, Varadkar wouldn’t be drawn into calling out the US president. Photograph: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

Radio review: ‘Do you think I’m aloof?’ the Taoiseach asks a baffled Sean O’Rourke

“We really are weird over breasts, despite the fact that 51 per cent of the population has them (or will have them).” Photograph: iStock

Tweet from Dutch airline asking mothers to cover up while feeding children goes viral

Greg O’Shea, the newest resident of the villa on Love Island. Photograph: Instagram

The rugby player says he is looking for love, but will he end up in another love triangle?

Tanya Sweeney: ‘Given that parenthood is such a learning curve, it stands to reason that mums hit milestone moments.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Tanya Sweeney on a new mother’s milestones: The first walk, first date and first night out

Longford’s Maura Higgins of Love Island: she might need to thread carefully from her on in. Photograph:  Facebook

Whatever about a brand new resort putting Longford on the map, Higgins is way ahead on that front

Love Island: Maura Higgins knows her own mind, calls out sexist pigs and doesn’t mind doing the chasing

The Longford lass has become the fleshfest’s have-a-go hero. Sorry, but we are loving it

Tanya Sweeney with her baby Isola Cregan: The public health nurse made a suggestion I only wish I’d heard weeks previously. ‘Why don’t you just have a Meet The Baby afternoon instead?’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some bring food and stay for 20 minutes, others want to sit for hours talking about themselves

Elena Puyo and her daughter Sofia (2) at Kaleidoscope Festival in Russborough House.  Photograph: Fran Veale

Billed as a family-first festival, Kaleidoscope bears the hallmarks of the typical weekender, with a few notable differences

Maura Higgins on Love Island: a woman making the first move has sent Twitter into a does-not-compute meltdown

Dismiss the show as a bonkfest if you want, but don’t underestimate its potent message

The Irish Wheelchair Association’s sports camps are packed with wheelchair sports, from soccer and basketball, to unihockey and archery.

The Irish Wheelchair Association’s sports camps offer children the chance to get active, fit and have lots of fun . . . no wonder (...)

Cathy Martin: ‘According to my screen time analysis, I use Instagram and email the most, followed by WhatsApp and iMessage. I’m on it for six to eight hours at least’

Irish people check their phones 46 per cent more than the European average. Why?

Tanya Sweeney: What they lack in a characterful, vibrant neighbourhood, houses in commuter belt more than make up for with size

Tanya Sweeney: Location or house size is a conundrum not easily solved

Little festival-goers in their noise-cancelling headphones are being catered for like never before./ Photograph: istock

Science hubs, yoga and hot tubs – festivals for little ones have come a long way

That my daughter’s side-eye game was terrifyingly strong at four hours old didn’t help one bit either. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Breastfeeding ‘is the lazy hoor’s way of doing things’, said a friend. But it isn’t always easy

Nike has introduced the mannequins to ‘celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of sport’

She looks ‘pre-diabetic and on her way to a hip replacement’, says one mean-spirited critic

The TV is still very much at the heart of the family living room.

Tanya Sweeney: Some of the intelligentsia like to say ‘I don’t even own a TV’

Tanya Sweeney, with  baby Isola: at home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I listened to her quick breaths, worrying that they were either too quick or too slow’

Jenny Greene: 'I think I was trending after Brexit and the Grand National'

Public uproar ensued after Jenny Greene left RTÉ. So how come she's still there?

From left: Users of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s services,  James Carolan, Mary Lynch, Kayleigh McKevitt and Ali Molloy  in the Phoenix Park ahead of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s garden opening at the Bloom Festival on the June Bank Holiday weekend. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The great outdoors present even greater difficulties to those with mobility issues

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