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

The Human League

Sharon Alston has created an Irish festival that’s like a playground for ’80s kids

Closing down: six Arcadia Group stores in Ireland, including the flagship Topshop on St Stephen’s Green, are to shut. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

It used to be fun and edgy. But the teetering fashion chain got complacent

Tanya Sweeney with her baby Isola Cregan: ‘Isola spent her first minutes in life effectively lying on my face.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My childbirth story: A vernix-slicked baby was held over me for a three-second inspection

 Duncan Laurence, representing The Netherlands, wins the 64th   Eurovision Song Contest in  Tel Aviv. Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

The once exotic euroshow now looks and sounds like ‘The X Factor on Protein powder’

Creative childcare: Deirdre Doyle’s children Maggie and Charlie. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

With costs soaring, some families are finding inventive ways to mind their kids

Sarah McTernan of Ireland looks every inch the contoured pop contender. Photograph: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Review: The loyal Irish fans did their best to raise the roof, but had a job on their hands

Contestant Kate Miller-Heidke of Australia performs during the first semi-final of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Only Australia’s brilliant, odd, Kate Bush-style entry stands out on a night of dull performances

Enya: “Her single ‘Caribbean Blue’ provided the soundtrack to the momentous final scene of Channel 4’s hugely popular teen comedy series Derry Girls. Photograph: Alan Betson

After appearing on the soundtracks for Derry Girls and Eighth Grade, the famously private singer has struck a chord with millennia(...)

‘The big thing kids learn about being around animals is the concept of being caring and nurturing,’ says Ian Callanan of Wooly Wards Farm, in Co Tipperary

Experts share their tips and tricks for getting children into the great Irish outdoors

Ireland, County Cork, Beara Peninsula, Ring of Beara, Eyeries, colorful houses

Small towns still go for bold colours, but in urban areas choices have narrowed

Fondue memories: The upwardly-mobile set would invite friends to their homes for brightly coloured extravaganzas, where spectacle was everything. Photograph: iStock

A Twitter account, ’70s Dinner Party, has spawned a book celebrating the culinary adventurism of yesteryear

Illustrator/ scientist/ writer Maria Boyle  at her home in Glasnevin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Maria Boyle on her new book, Instagram fame and being honest about motherhood

Isola Gabrielle Cregan was born on Friday, February 7th.

Tanya Sweeney: As the Big Day loomed closer, could I not just enjoy being off the grid for a bit?

Tanya Sweeney pictured at home in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tanya Sweeney: As my due date approaches I am moving like a post-marathon Jabba the Hut

The Kleinmann family in April 1938, taken in Vienna: Herta, Gustav, Kurt, Fritz, Tini and Edith. Photograph: Peter Patten

‘It hit me very strongly, realising the many times my father and brother nearly died’

Alice & Noel, a married couple from Wicklow, are a hit with the crowd.

What makes stars of TV talent competition perform in front of a 350,000-strong audience?

 Tanya Sweeney  at home in Stoneybatter, Dublin: “I shall report back from the other side. I just hope there’s even one tiny Lucille Ball moment in there somewhere.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Good for you if you have your 12-page plan laminated, but best laid plans often end up on the floor like a queasy partner

Matt Pritchard: “I’m currently getting a bit of abuse online because of the vegan thing. I’m not exactly friendly with our local farmers at the moment.”

The 'Dirty Vegan’ Matt Pritchard from Dirty Sanchez aims to prove you can be plant-based, yet keep the party going

“Science is finally coming around to the idea that being of advanced maternal age isn’t necessarily a hindrance, and can actually be beneficial.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When it comes to fertility, it is not a level playing field

Author Catherine Gray on taking a year off dating and finding happiness on her own

 LIsa Wilkinson at Elbowroom Escape, Donard, Co Wicklow decided to “run away” from her life and retrain as a yoga instructor. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

3.2 careers in an average lifetime: there's a case to be made for jumping into the unknown

Tim Firth and Gary Barlow with the cast of Calendar Girls including Rebecca Storm. Fern Britton, Sara Crowe, Denise Welch, Ruth Madoc, Karen Dunbar and Anna Jane Casey

Writing ‘Calendar Girls’ took Take That star way outside his musical comfort zone

Women’s names written on post it in different colours

Tanya Sweeney: I have a baby name in mind and I might test it out in Starbucks

There are moments of weighty introspection in Samantha Irby’s book on being a woman of colour; experiencing grief and mental health issues; dating, and  chronic illness.

Samantha Irby's essay collection is not for those who prefer their writing with a side slice of stirring, poetic lyricism

Calm The F**k Down is a new book designed to help people relax. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Bestselling author Sarah Knight is a leading light in the 'sweary self-help' phenomenon

Take an afternoon to avail of offers and switch providers

Now's the time of year to implement small but effective financial hacks

Most countries have dropped their  nannying TV health shows. Not us. Operation Transformation remains one of RTÉ’s great juggernauts

Review: The makers of the weight-loss reality show sure have brought the feels this year

Tanya Sweeney: “I’ve started to think about the times my own mother taught me left from right, tying shoelaces, the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’re’ and there’. The most basic and quotidian things, doled out in moments of selflessness and sacrifice.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

About to have her first baby, Tanya Sweeney reflects on her youth and her late mother whose maxim was 'don't make me a gran'

 Declutterer supreme Marie Kondo

As the decluttering queen starts a new series, Irish designers share tips for a tidy 2019

Tanya Sweeney: “I might get away with a non-Christmas or two in the coming years, but after that, I’ve been assured that the festive season becomes hard work.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Christmas isn’t just for children – sometimes, it’s also about being someone’s child

Marty Morrissey with Ksenia Zsikhotska dancing on RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An eventful and heady year: From the return to boomtimes to the Beast from the East

Laurence Baker and Kristen Flanagan at their home in Roebuck Castle, Clonskeagh Dublin, with their dogs George and Stanley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Getting a foot on the property ladder wasn’t easy in 2018 but for some it worked out after years of planning and saving

“Some of my friends think I’m crazy for not wanting a shower and baby register. ‘You’re only going to end up with hundreds of babygros and none of what you really need,’ warned one.”

As my bank balance races to zero, a thought sat in my stomach like a brick: how can I afford to bring a baby into all this

Look out for pre-lit Christmas trees to remove the annual light detangling from your to-do list

Take the hassle out of the festive season by following our expert guide

Sometimes at Christmas there’s nothing for it but to crack out a board game,  Photograph: istock

Ditch the screen time and try your hand at some old-fashioned family bonding (or simmering tension)

Tanya Sweeney: “There is so, so much new stuff to know in a relatively short amount of time.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Apparently, if you’re not suffering then you’re not putting your back into this mothering thing, are you?

Volunteering can have a number of personal and professional benefits

With everything from renovation to quick phone calls, there’s a role to suit everyone, plus 20 ways to give back in 2019

Conor McGloughlin, Chanchan Yubozhou and Cameron Drumm, of The Palestrina Choir of St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Choir may be more diverse than ever, but it’s still notoriously difficult to gain a coveted spot

Tanya Sweeney: There is so, so much new stuff to know in a relatively short amount of time, even if your only plan is keeping a baby alive. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Men are eyeballing my heaving belly warily (don’t worry love, it’s not yours)

Katia and Nadia Narain say self-care should be an everyday activity

London gurus in well-being Nadia and Katia Narain count Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Reese Witherspoon among their followers

Tanya Sweeney: People who know and love me have never seen the like. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

I'm pregnant and everything from pork to Brian Cowen is leaving me in tears. Don't get me started on the pelvic girdle pain.

An alcohol-free trip to Vegas was the longest four-day junket of my life. Photograph: iStock

Solicit advice on the subject and you’ll get any number of wildly varying opinions

Sara Cosgrave at Lansdowne Place: “Some people have more of an inclination towards whimsy, but others want a very clean, contemporary aesthetic. Very minimal, very Minotti, very Italian.”

At an average age of 54, buyers in the Lansdowne Place scheme come with plenty of worldly goods but the luxury scheme has engaged (...)

Sara Thompson of Thompson Clarke.

Kitchen islands are giving way to walk-in spaces where clutter can be concealed according to interior designer and pantry expert S(...)

Composer and multi-media artist Una Keane with her daughter Willow and dog Indie: “Experiences are now more important to me than things. I can live without this stuff.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Priced out of her Dublin home, composer Una Keane is taking baby and dog on a road trip

A map showing the four parking zones in Dublin city centre and the current charges associated with each.

Cuffe says city centre increase should be accompanied by parking fees in shopping centres

Tanya Sweeney: “Whether women have children or not, they are united in their enthusiasm to immediately dispense advice; the good, the bad, the poo-related.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Friends’ reactions to my pregnancy ranged from utter disbelief to, um, utter disbelief

Trifle: Paul Howard still makes a Bird’s every Christmas in a nod to his working-class childhood. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Aspirational foods of 1970s and 1980s Ireland included Smash, Vesta and Angel Delight

Tanya Sweeney: ‘I have 18 years, possibly more, of hard, unpaid labour ahead of me.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On track for a child-free life, when two lines show up on a pregnancy stick

Jane O’Callaghan, owner of Longueville House, at Longueville, Ballyclough, Mallow, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘Ireland’s Blue Book’, now in its 45th year, has outlived many vagaries of the hospitality scene

John Niven: Many years of experience in the music industry also stood him in supremely good stead. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

Be prepared for onyx-dark prose, misogyny and twisted world views in this biting satire

Monkstown kitchen extention Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The owners of this Monkstown home needed a bigger, better kitchen. Architects Arigho Larmour Wheeler obliged with a clever design (...)

Robin Wright delivers a nuanced central performance in House of Cards. Photograph: David Giesbrecht/Netflix

Season six opener: the show appears to be doing just fine without Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood

David Gillick’s lemon and rosemary beef casserole

Some well-known names share their kitchen favourites

Directors of the Abbey Theatre Neil Murray and Graham McLaren: vision and ambition go hand in glove

TV Review: In The Abbey, A Riot Of Our Own there is endless enthusiasm but whether the directors are winning in their crusade to s(...)

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