Caolan McKenna from Tyrone enjoying last year’s St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin. There was a time when watching a slow-moving caravan of Massey Fergusons and frostbitten scouts was considered high entertainment in this country. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of an Irish person – okay, this Irish person – like the words “So we’re planning a trip to Ireland. ” It’s not th(...)

Rose McGowan. Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty

Before I meet Rose McGowan, I spend a lot of time wondering which Rose McGowan I am going to meet.  The steely Rose McGowan who faced down her a(...)

They’re everywhere, little girls like the one I know: clicking and deleting and filtering and smoothing and stretching and whitening and polishing and schooling themselves in the art of insecurity

She has big eyes, a wide, impish grin and long, glossy hair. Some day, she will look back and wonder when life came along to lay waste to those peachy(...)

Cactus: “too prickly” for men, apparently. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Ladies, did you ever consider that your cactus plant might be the thing standing between you and eternal happiness? Or that the books on your shelf ar(...)

When someone gets out of bed when you’re running late for the early train, and de-ices the window of your car, that’s love.

As it is almost Valentine’s Day, I’m going to tell you what women want. Yes, yes, I know you don’t need it. I know you’re not some latter day Don Drap(...)

Within a few days, I had many, many lists. They were proliferating as rampantly as Starbucks outlets in an upwardly-mobile urban environment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

As part of my vague aspirations towards self-improvement – which fall short of doing things that might extend my life, like giving up wine, or revisit(...)

The funeral of Micheál Roarty  in Dunlewey,  Co  Donegal. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

A pair of bollards lit up green marked the entrance to Gortahork on Wednesday evening. “Slow. Wake Ahead,” laminated signs read. Big men in hi-vis ja(...)

After almost a decade in direct provision Ellie Kisyombe feels she’s still a nobody in Ireland, with no say about her life. There are two versio(...)

#Metoo backlash: Men and women have never been equal at work. Stock Photograph: Getty

The executives at Davos, the global gathering that is the equivalent of the Burning Man festival for stinkingly rich Masters of the Universe, are worr(...)

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For as long back as he can remember, Dylan would go to bed at night and pray that he would wake up a boy. “I had no idea. I would have classified him (...)

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