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Former Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart: “I bear a very heavy burden of responsibility.” Photograph: Nick Cote/The New York Times

As we fantasise about a parallel universe, where America is not a joke and our president cares about other human beings, the same questions keep swirl(...)

With no hair to grey or to lose my head is now much the same as it was 20 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m being stalked by hair loss clinics. At virtually every online turn I’ve taken in recent weeks I’ve been confronted by ads for companies promising (...)

Overview of the pools at Club La Santa.

It’s 9am on a Saturday morning and a small corner of Lanzarote is buzzing. A swimming class for people with a fear of water has just finished in the W(...)

Halloween: there are lots of adventures, both inside and out, to keep the whole family entertained. Photograph: Ojo/Getty

In the sacred space between Back to School and Santa Stop Here, the ancients celebrated a very special festival: Midterm. Honour that tradition t(...)

Former minister for finance Brian Cowen received a standing ovation in the Dáil for his 2007 giveaway budget. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The idea of painting finance minsters as Santa or Scrooge depending on how much or how little they put in our pockets at budget time is silly, not lea(...)

‘The Importance of Being Aisling’ is the third book in a trilogy.

I first met Aisling about four years ago, shortly after starting my first real job in Dublin, and she made me feel a little less alone in the world. I(...)

Pictured at the launch of the Brown Thomas Christmas shop in Dublin were model Isabelle Traber and Hannah O’ Brien (4). Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Ho ho nooooo, say it ain’t so. There are still 131 sleeps until Christmas and already Brown Thomas shops in Dublin, Cork and Limerick have decked the (...)

Participants in the ‘Leadership for Life’ conference at Maynooth University: standing from left, Karina Tropman, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, DeAlbert Shepherd, New York, Ashling Dunphy, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and Callum Maxwell, Oldcastle, Co Meath; front row from left, Liadh Hennessy, Ballineen, Co Cork, Fergal Flood, Monaghan and Rebecca Battle, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The young people of today . . . ” is a sentence that rarely ends well. It usually signals a rant about teenagers’ obsession with technology, abuse o(...)

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The pope is coming. So, what exactly is happening? The World Meeting of Families festival kicks off in the RDS and around the country on Tuesday, Aug(...)

Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Look, it’s only fair. Hollywood has aimed undemanding, patronising films at kids for generations. It can only be right that older people now get their(...)

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