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(...)

If we are constantly comparing ourselves to others, why wouldn’t that extend to our sofas?

It’s no fun at all, it’s miserly and mean, the most shameful of the seven deadly sins

There is a vast swathe of young-ish, well-off-ish people out there who just want somewhere nice to live

With 29% of people renting, why do we still treat it like one of life’s stopgaps?

Having a  comfortable chair  helps when you work from home, as does a desk that’s big enough to easily fit your speakers/diary/printer/laptop.

Working from home can be a joy – but it’s essential to adapt your space

This is Adland, and Kendall Jenner can do wondrous things.

The supermodel has come under fire for her part in 'tone deaf' campaign

The Guardian's Brexit jigsaw map of Europe made a land-grab on parts of the Republic

The Guardian ran a map of the new-look EU on its front page, but they’re playing fast and loose with Irish geography

When United Airlines denied travel to a girl wearing leggings, the Internet exploded with cries of sexism and bodyshaming. Photograph: Getty Images

United Airlines’ denial of travel to a girl wearing ‘yoga pants’ comes from another era

Brenda Fricker as the quintessential Irish Mammy, Bridget Fagan Brown, in My Left Foot

Always a force to be reckoned with, there’s been a resurgence in the powers of this much-loved and parodied character

Lorraine Carthy  with her daughter Tess aged 9 months  and  her parents Aidan and Phylis Carthy, in their home in Sandyford, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For some the only way to save for a deposit is to move back in with parents

‘At 58, and after decades of being criticised for gender stereotyping, the lithe blonde has embraced feminism’

Barbie is 58 today, but while some see her as retrograde, there’s plenty little girls can learn from her

The average price of an at-home marquee wedding for 120 guests is about €60,000 all in, but there are ways to cut corners. Photograph: Getty Images

Home weddings can be magical but there’s a lot to plan, from parking to Portaloos

A new robot called Handle runs, jumps and carries your stuff. Will it make our lives better, or worse?

I use swear words to punctuate sentences the way others use commas, offering as it does a sort of mid-sentence breather. Photograph: iStock

Broadside: Four letter words aid circulation, elevate endorphins and improve wellbeing

Mick and Kate O’Sullivan: “We had complete strangers coming up to us, telling that they cried and got very emotional.”

The real-life couple who star in a bank ad have sparked an emotional response

Houseproud or hovel? Many men take a  relaxed approach to their  home environment

As students we could all be messy but these days the women I know have cleaned up their homes. Not so the men

Adele breaks the Grammy for Record of the Year for Hello after having it presented to her at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Photograph:   Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Adele produces music for cruise ships and her Grammys 2017 speech reeked of attention seeking

We can’t have it all ways, ladies. We can’t petition for feminism with built-in caveats like, ‘but I won’t pay for dinner’

Women's writing for Women's Day: Dating coaches and experts will tell you women should never pay on dates but it’s a cringe-making(...)

When meeting potential flatmates, it’s not a bad idea to run like crazy from the person who claims they are “never around”.

As house prices soar, sharing a home is becoming the norm for many adults

Not impressed: US president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/The New York Times

Amid allegations of ‘golden showers’, where’s the tolerance for other people’s sex lives?

Broadside: Facebook offers that rare thing in social media - a safe space

Reality bites: 38 per cent of survey respondents would go to another town to procure the morning-after pill

Broadside: Almost half of Irish women are embarrassed when seeking morning-after pill

The drawingroom in Coopershill House, Riverstown, Co Sligo.

Some of Ireland’s finest homes are available for short-term letting over the holiday season

Kasia McArt with her coloured woodblocks she uses to create wall art

Vintage pieces and crafts are finding a ready market in the go-to site for quirky homewares and gifts

Welcome to the office: David Rochford outside the log cabin he uses as a home office in his garden in Ongar, Dublin 15. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The idea of setting up a workspace in your house is becoming ever more appealing

Donovan with Kylie Minogue: “Music is a very powerful medium, and ‘Neighbours’ is the soundtrack to our childhood.” Photograph: Tim Hall/Redferns

The former pop and TV idol on fame, success and why a ‘Neighbours’ reunion isn’t for him

Leonard Cohen:  the death of a celebrity used to be mentioned at the end of the news or in an obituary. Today’s media has changed that. Photograph: David Wolff-Patrick/Getty Images

There is an explanation for the seemingly large number of high-profile deaths this year

‘People in their 30s or 40s are part of the last generation last generation that recalls being dragged to Mass upon pain of death’

This isn’t merely trolling the Catholic Church for the sake of it. It turns out that mass, while rejected by many, is as nostalgic(...)

 Can’t Cope, Won’t cope: Danielle (Nika McGuigan) applies make-up to Aisling (Séana Kerslake) (Seana Kerslake). Maybe RTÉ will finally hit the sweet spot

Tanya Sweeney: Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope didn’t please everyone but for me it hit the comedy bullseye

Tanya Sweeney. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Think about it,’ I said. ‘You could get people to vote to put members of the public into a boyband.’ The idea hung limply in the (...)

The humble digs system has for years been an Irish institution.

For every empty nester looking to make some extra cash, there’s a student who could do with the room

Lisa Wilkinson leading a yoga class at The Elbowroom, where they offer classes in exchange for work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The concept of gifting time and bartering goods and services is catching on fast

Bamboo Leaf pouffe, €49.95 at Meadows & Byrne

Many of the big shops will end their summer sales this weekend, but there’s still time to pick up a good buy in big-ticket items

Jenny Headen: ‘Do men get labelled as “lesser” for not having kids?’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jennifer Aniston has spoken for millions of women who feel they are looked down on for not having children

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg drew scorn for wearing “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirts

Broadside: the online war of the sexes has developed into a weapons-grade conflict

Tanya O’Halloran in her kitchen preparing food for her Supper Club evening. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Keen cooks and those who love entertaining are inviting groups of strangers to eat in their homes, for a fee. Supper clubs are tak(...)

Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Photograph: Sean Ebsworth Barnes

The new stage show is closer to Truman Capote’s source novella than the glam Hollywood film. Can Pixie Lott pull off the complex l(...)

Kathryn and Linda Thomas. “I need to be mindful of not talking to her as my younger sister when I don’t agree with her,” says Kathryn. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TV presenter Kathryn Thomas has been running wellness programmes in Kerry, and now her sister, Linda, is on board. Does sibling ri(...)

Andrew Rudd is fast becoming a name synonymous with party planning and sumptuous supper clubs, so he is of course worth a visit

Pick up tips and ideas at ‘The Irish Times’ events at the Ideal Home Show this weekend

Marie Kondo: the woman they call the “Beyoncé of decluttering". Photograph: Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Broadside: The way you spend your money can tell you how you view yourself

Tenacity, determination and a bit of luck: Jill Tully, Oonagh Sands, Karen McMonagle, Gráinne McNamara and Kathleen Garrett

Five women who have succeeded in male-dominated professions describe their progress

At the coalface of groundbreaking scientific and health research all over the world are these eight pioneering women

From scientific inventions to high-level hiring and more than a brush with Hollywood, these women are making business work for the(...)

Simone Roche, Emma O’Carroll, Orla Kiely, Liz Kelsh, Ciara Hunt, Helen Lambert, Fiona Byrne, Breege O’Donoghue, Freida Gormley

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've found an outstanding bunch of Irish women whose influence is felt around the world. (...)

Jenny Beavan at the Baftas; and Kate Winslet at a previous Academy Awards ceremony. Photographs: Getty Images

Tanya Sweeney: Why waste the opportunity to bask in the famed glamour of Oscars night with total abandon?

Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. Photograph: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Broadside: The music industry still borders on the misogynistic

Healthy and happy: From left: Jade Delaney, Noel Gavin, Dearbhla Hynes and Sean Walsh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For most people, there are 101 excuses for not doing exercise. Yet there are some for whom even greater challenges have been no ob(...)

“I have long felt the pull towards parenthood. Never mind that I habitually dragged my dolls around by the hair.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Tanya Sweeney: I am nowhere near ready for parenthood, but things aren’t quite as simple as that

The gifts we buy from charity catalogues at Christmas, including those hens, goats and pigs for villagers in developing countries,(...)

“My first week of training, I wept in front of my coach as I pounded joylessly on the elliptical trainer.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Broadside: Starting a new regime yanks us out of our comfort zones and is genuinely tough

‘Perhaps it’s all too easy for an older person to mistake confessionalism for self-pity.’ Above, Lena Dunham in Girls

Youth may be on their side, but that doesn’t mean that life is any better for them

It’s still a man’s world and women are still runners-up. Just don’t ask us to polish the glass ceiling while we’re up there

Dylan Coburn Gray and Gemma Collins rehearsing for The Game, a play about sex work. Photograph: Alan Betson

An unflinching new play, The Game, will re-enact real-life experiences of Irish sex workers. Director Grace Dyas hopes it will ill(...)

A recent survey carried out in the UK found that 83 per cent of 18-34-year-olds have experienced loneliness. Above, Tanya Sweeney in Dublin recently. Photograph: Alan Betson

All the Lonely People: It can be lonely being single, sure, but is there a way to refashion solitude less as misfortune and more a(...)

Ashley Madison: a lightning rod for a spark that’s already there. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

The extramarital affair website is just a lightning rod – the spark was already there

Louise O’Neill’s second novel is inspired by victim-blaming after assaults at US high schools

Want to dance? Need a hug? Or could do with some help clearing out some emotional or actual baggage? There’s a whole army of peopl(...)

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Landlords have long been painted as having their own breed of cunning, but many tenants aren’t without sin

There’s been cultural backlash against thinness, first with a ‘celebration of curves’ amid the advent of Mad Men. Above, Christina Hendricks

The way some malevolent media outlets tell it, being a size 14 is synonymous with being a slovenly slattern, someone neither fully(...)

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