Chicago, 2006: Workers dye the Chicago river green as part of the city’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

When I lived abroad, I dreaded the inevitable question of the traditions we actually celebrate on St Patrick’s Day. If you don’t eat corned beef or pu(...)

Climb Croagh Patrick, whichever way you want. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Any list of things you must do before you die runs the risk of sounding bossy, pompous or just plain exhausting. But the world is vast, and our time o(...)

Brían has taken over the wedding planning. ‘We’re going all out, so we are,’ he says

The death of the slow set may not be directly linked to the decimation of the population of rural Ireland, although it can’t have helped. Before ther(...)

None of the Mother’s Day cards out there apply to my mother, and they certainly don’t apply to me. Photograph:  Chris Hondros/Newsmakers

I’m looking at Mother’s Day cards for my mother. I’m not exactly inspired. Mothers, in the world of Hallmark, are nurturing, self-sacrificing, unthrea(...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

Children are accessing hardcore, frequently violent, porn, roughly around the time they get their own smartphone. Photograph: iStock

It’s an unassailable law – a law so fixed it might be carved into our DNA – that every generation regards the next generation’s attitude to sex as dys(...)

Passport problem: our holiday flight leaving in 27 hours, and I had the broadest rictus grin since Leo met Justin plastered on my face. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The absolute nicest, most polite people in Ireland are to be found in the queue at the passport office in Dublin. Everyone who steps inside that build(...)

Leaders Wayne O’Donnell, Felicity Moroney, Mary Diamond, Sarah O’Callaghan and David Cryan of ‘Operation Transformation’ 2018

“He’s a trucker with a breakfast roll heart,” says Gerry Ryan of Donal Looney, one of the “leaders” in the first ever season of Operation Transformati(...)

Homing instinct: our friends’ container had finally arrived, with all their furniture. And in that moment the certainty that they had made a dreadful mistake dropped like a stone. Photograph: Yuri Arcurs/E+/Getty

My friend has that look on her face again lately. It’s the look anyone who has bought a one-way plane ticket gets from time to time. When you see it –(...)

Whatsapp: You don’t even have to put your make-up on, or pretend you don’t have a hangover to use it

The British royal family has a Whatsapp group. This scintillating insight – perhaps the most fascinating since we got wind of Queen Elizabeth’s Tupper(...)

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