Architect Dermot Bannon helps launch Vodafone Ireland’s Vodafone Gigabit Broadband campaign. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

The architect and self-confessed luddite looks to the future home

Spending a little extra on some things might save you a few euro in the long run

Time to cosy up. Photograph: Getty

Our experts have simple tips to make those long nights in worth running home for

Finbar Furey and Imelda May performing sweet sixteen at The Late Late Show in London. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Review: The move to London made Friday’s Late Late Show even more parochial than usual

Laura Whitmore: From a family of strong women

Who Do You Think You Are?: Whitmore is effervescent in the face of scant material

Node Residents Kelly Fischietto, Stefano Gambarotta and Rowena Doyle. Photograph: Tom Honan

For the 50 Node residents in Dublin, the price tag makes financial sense in a city of rising rents

Blood: Carolina Main as Cat Hogan, who suspects that her father (played by Adrian Dunbar) may have killed her mother.

‘Blood’, starring Adrian Dunbar and Carolina Main, has the makings of must-see TV

Meghan Markle closed a car door. Photograph: Getty

Reports on the Duchess closing her own car door have hailed her as humble, while also slamming her for flouting royal protocol

Strictly Handbag hadn’t been Martin Thomas’s first rodeo – before Strictly Handbag, he had started a club night in Powers Hotel.

In 1990s and 2000s, Irish club night scene collided with both acid house and Celtic Tiger

Summer nights: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease

Released four decades ago today in Ireland, the hit coming-of-age movie has barely faded

Owning a home is a more elusive goal then ever for twentysomethings. Photograph: Getty

Baby Boomers watch the housing crisis much as they would a disaster unfold abroad

The Courtyard house by Tom de Paor

Tom de Paor’s extension to a 1940s semi is one of Open House Dublin’s hottest tickets

Laura Kirk and Laura Gallop of the Berkamsted Revisited podcast

'Berkhamsted Revisited': 'When you’re a teenager, the other gender is completely alien'

The video is a humorous parody of Victoria Beckham’s Spice Girls years. Photograph: Vogue/YouTube

A mockumentary marking Beckham's 10 years as a designer and Spice Girl history has gone viral

Pope Francis: a big attraction for many, but also easy to avoid this weekend. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

There are lots of alternatives this weekend – and ironic takes on Francis’s Irish trip

Susannah Walker: author of ‘The Life Of Stuff’. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt/ The Sunday Times

Susannah Walker’s memoir of her mother’s hoarding highlights their difficult relationship

Maurice and Suzanne Hedderman with their son Luke and Luke’s girlfriend Jessica Rielly at Prospect Park Mobile Home Park, Ballymoney, Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Mobile home parks took a hit with the advent of cheap flights, but owners keep coming back for the stress-free summers they offer

Muireann O’Connell has the enthusiasm, not to mention the affability, to keep things palatable

Early morning offerings run a narrow gamut from hectic to lightweight

From pets to beauty and overseas treats, there’s a range of products to choose from

The kitchen is not just a place to make breakfast; it’s an extension of our personalities, our bank balances and our tastes. Photograph: Getty Images

We spend more time in our kitchen than in any part of the home. It’s become the focal point, and the thing we’re most likely to co(...)

It’s a shame, really, that Cathal Murray’s Late Date doesn’t offer more of a platform for little known or emerging artists.

Eclectic music has long been preserve of night-time radio, as have more outré talk shows

Hiring a night nurse to help out at home can prove a godsend for stressed mums and dads

Beach View Heights, Achill, Co Mayo - located just 650m from Silver Strand Blue Flag Beach

Thoughts often turn to escapes by the water at this time of year, but expect to pay an €11,000 premium for those watery vistas

Visiting Japan is like being deposited on an alien planet, but once you get over the culture shock, it feels friendly, calm and sa(...)

The objective of today’s honeymoon party, it would seem, is to ensure that a bride doesn’t have to befall a last-minute dash to Boots for suncream. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s been a tangible rise in this trend in Ireland. But what the hell are they?

The 45-60 age bracket is a time in life when women are often at their most vulnerable

Rory McIlroy takes a selfie with the cast of Riverdance in 2015. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Katrin Tiidenberg’s studies of selfie culture challenge the narrative of narcissistic youth

Meghan Markle  greeting spectators as they arrive for a visit at Trinity College in Dublin. Photograph: Trinity College handout

How did this week’s royal visit become a national obsession here?

The cast during rehearsals of Paul Howard’s ‘Copper Face Jacks’ in the Olympia Treatre, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw  Copper Face Jacks: The Musical: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The ‘big, sweaty’ Dublin nightclub is successful because it ‘doesn’t have notions’

Beck Dorey-Stein: Obama 'can put everyone at ease by cracking a joke, but then of course you feel really dumb because he’s always funnier than you'. Photograph: Lawrence Jackson

Stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein on working for Barack Obama and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Saoirse Ronan and Beanie Feldstein at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Photograph:Jason Merritt/Getty Images

‘Lady Bird’ was a big break for the US actor Beanie Feldstein, who will star in Caitlin Moran's ‘How to Build a Girl’

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

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