American 1,500m and 5,000m record holder Shelby Houlihan returned a positive test for nandrolone that resulted in a four-year ban. File photograph: Getty

We were standing in the line of duty and suitably disguised behind dark sunglasses when our order arrived in two green-striped boxes decorated with th(...)

Paul Flynn (right) and his Camino de Santiago walking partners David Gaffney (Dof) and Pat Mcgrath  in front on the Cathedral of St James , Santiago De Compostella .

The first thing to come was the wine, two groaning jugs, one white, one red, and three small bowls to drink it from. We all laughed in unison. I had b(...)

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison on the roof of the Apple Corps building in London in The Beatles: Get Back. Photograph: Apple Corps

AMAZON PRIME Tampa Baes Friday, November 5th Tampa Baes is a reality show that follows the often tempestuous relationships between lesbian friends in(...)

The living city is not about equality. It is in fact about the opposite. It is about diversity, disparity and messiness, the elixir of human life. Photograph: iStock

The other night I was watching an episode of Parts Unknown in which Debbie Harry is chatting to Anthony Bourdain. Although they didn’t address it dire(...)

Anthony Bourdain in Dublin in August 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“It was never my intention to be a reporter, a critic, an advocate. It was also never my intention to provide audiences with ‘everything’ they needed (...)

Hugo Byrne - ‘With a knife, it has to work before you decide how it’s going to look’. Photograph: Doreen Kilfeather

Hugo Byrne goes slowly. Otherwise the blade might lose its temper. Thoughts of sharp objects losing their tempers could lead you to worry about bloody(...)

Donal Skehan’s harissa baked eggs

Throw open the doors and cast aside the sea of leftovers. It’s time to escape the Christmas cocoon and welcome in the big wide world. Maybe it’s time (...)


Summer is here… finally! After what has seemed like a never-ending winter, nothing says summer to me more than a light fish dish like bouillabaisse, w(...)

Lasagne Bolognese. Photograph: iStock

It’s a myth that you need to boil fresh or dried lasagne noodles before baking the whole thing, but what is true is that lasagne is better the second (...)

Roast chicken. Photograph: iStock

Everyone should know how to roast a chicken. It’s a life skill that should be taught to small children at school. The ability to properly prepare a mo(...)

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