Kirsten Mate Maher’s father, Kwalo Mate, and her mother,  Jacinta Maher, joined her on stage after she was crowned the Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

On Monday Kirsten Mate Maher was offered a place at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to study multimedia and application development with a(...)

Michele McCormack (Chicago Rose 1985)

Michele McCormack (Chicago Rose 1985) Michele McCormack became the Chicago Rose “when it was still fun and not so serious”. Even now more than three(...)

‘When we are 18 or 19 our IQ levels off, whereas EQ can be developed throughout our life’

“There’s nothing worse than when you’re not feeling great and someone says, ‘just think positively’,” says Alan Lyons, author, psychologist and managi(...)

CBT is  about understanding that how we think and feel is not automatic or involuntary, nor governed by the unconscious or genetics, but is a process that can be radically changed should we have the will to do so. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Epictetus hit it on the head. The ancient Greek philosopher noted: “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” Two mil(...)

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins has called for the eighth amendment of the Constitution on abortion to be repealed.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins has called for the eighth amendment of the Constitution on abortion to be repealed. Ms Parkins (25) made the call on sta(...)

Clare Kambamettu from London was the 2010 Rose of Tralee. She says that current Rose Maria Walsh is helping to change perceptions of the festival.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus Ltd

What is it like to be an ex-Rose of Tralee? What happens when you hand back the sash and the tiara? Dr Clare Kambamettu became the Rose of Tralee in 2(...)