Conor Pope

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“I selected the ‘your conscience’ voice setting for my next run, fully expecting it to pepper my runs with reminders of all the ways I had failed at life.” Photograph: Alan Betson

I managed to run 7.3 kilometres last weekend in a gale so strong it’s a wonder I didn’t end up in Oz at the feet of the wizard before the ordeal came (...)

Washing clothes at 20 degrees rather than 40 degrees saves approximately 66% of the energy used per load. Photograph: iStock

Washing clothes in colder water for less time is less damaging for the planet than using hotter, longer washes, according to academic research publish(...)

In one outlet a live rodent in an exposed cavity wall in in the basement storage room next to refrigeration and freezer units was found. File photo.

A pool of what appeared to be foul smelling blood in a goods storage area, multiple sightings of rodents, and chicken and fish stored at room temperat(...)

A Revenue spokesman said  the changes would result in ‘significant efficiencies’ in the accuracy and transparency of tax details. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The most radical overhaul of the personal tax reporting system in 60 years was outlined on Tuesday by the Revenue Commissioners. Much of the paperwor(...)

Jockey Rachel Blackmore, who won the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Thursday, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leo Varadkar was wearing more clothes on his second festive outing of the season than on his first and looked a whole lot happier for it. The Taoisea(...)

Hundreds queuing outside Brown Thomas on Dublin’s Grafton Street in the rain. Photograph: Conor Pope

Most shops in Dublin city centre were only closed for about 36 consecutive hours this week but the short shopping drought had some people so anxious t(...)

Nordmann Firs – which are the most popular Christmas tree – absorb carbon from the air while they’re growing. Photograph: iStock

Christmas tree sales have grown strongly this year as people appear to have turned their back on plastic trees imported from thousands of miles away a(...)

The new year could see the closures of hundreds of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops across the country.  Photograph: Getty Images.

The new year could see the closures of hundreds of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops across the country as four of the companies offering insurance (...)

Ryanair has achieved an unenviable four in a row after again being declared the worst short haul airline in a survey carried out by one of the leading consumer watchdogs in Europe. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ryanair has achieved an unenviable seven in a row after again being declared the worst short-haul airline in a survey carried out by one of the leadin(...)

Robert Fitzsimons on his Cork farm with   his son Robert jnr. He fears there is little for his son when it comes to making a living as a poultry farmer. Photograph: Dan Linehan

More than a million turkeys will be eaten in Ireland in the days ahead but while the birds remain an enduringly popular festive treat, many of those i(...)

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