f I’m honest, the earwigging possibilities offered by the train have always been one of its chief pleasures. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There’s a lot to be said for having the kind of job and wifi access that allows you to work in Dublin, and live pretty much anywhere else. One of the(...)

Javier Abreu as Lindoro and Rachel Kelly as Isabella in Rossini’s ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

It’s a while since I heard anyone talk about never wasting a good crisis, although the idea was frequently mentioned when Ireland was in the throes of(...)

One of the residents in a bedroom at the Aiséirí centre in Cahir, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A stint in rehab has become shorthand for something celebrities do when they’ve been caught ingesting substances they shouldn’t, or when they want to (...)

In our three years living abroad, I had forgotten what May in Ireland is all about. The great pink hunks of roast lamb and potato salad; the bowls of (...)

Amazing what you’ll find  on the bark web. Photograph: Kiszon Pascal/Getty Images

Years ago, a colleague introduced me to the concept of a Springsteen clause. Everyone in a committed relationship should have a Springsteen clause, he(...)

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles at the conclusion of his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 11th, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sorry may be the hardest word for many people, but not Mark Zuckerberg. Few people in the public eye spend so much of their time sincerely and humbly (...)

“If you’re still deciding whether or not you should do the same, my advice is to weigh up the potential losses and gains.” Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

I still cringe when I think about my first Facebook post. It was 2007, and I kept hearing about this public messaging board which allowed you to “poke(...)

I have a friend who walks home alone at night after an evening out.  It’s all in the way you walk, she says. You have to look like you’re not afraid. That is the world we live in.

Watch out, folks. Political correctness is on the rampage again, eroding the human rights of blameless people who are just trying to be nice. Catcall(...)

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(...)

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