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High-low maxi dress, €33 at River Island

Maxi dresses get a bad rap. In fact – and this is in the interest of full disclosure – they have been robustly derided by this very journalist on thes(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama with Moya Doherty and Fionnuala Kenny at a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre last Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

And speaking of slobbering . . . Here’s the Taoiseach’s wife, Fionnuala Kenny, introducing the guest of honour at Monday’s special performance of Rive(...)

US first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Sasha and Malia  fight off an unwelcome attack of midges at Glendalough. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Glendalough – a wondrous place of myth and mystic beauty where the “midgets” are the size of horses and would ate ya alive without salt. We were warne(...)

Mary Lavin’s daughters (from left)  Valdi MacMahon, Liz Peavoy and  Caroline Walsh at a mews in Lad Lane that was once their home. Photograph: David Sleator

On the last day of August 1967, the author Mary Lavin boarded the SS United States with her(...)

Life stories: ‘I want to be a popular novelist who’s also serious, or a serious novelist who’s also very accessible,’ says Douglas Kennedy. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Douglas Kennedy settles into a chair, polishes off an espresso and begins to talk about his new novel, Fi (...)

Half way to Ballybunion we break the journey at the home of my friend’s parents. A coffee maker, the kind that gurgles and splutters for an age(...)

“There is a special place in hell for those women who do not believe that feminism matters today,” said RTÉ’s Miriam O'Callaghan

Hell was mentioned twice last weekend in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, where the inaugural Women in Media event was held. It was first evoked by Sinn (...)

A file image of broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, who was presented with the inaugural Mary Cummins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Hell was mentioned twice this last weekend in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, where the inaugural Women in Media event was held. It was first evoked by Sinn(...)

 Maeve Binchy, who will be honoured at the  inaugural Women in Media festival
Women in Media

Move over Listowel Writers’ Week. There’s competition in the Kingdom when it comes to discussing words and the people who write them. Ballybuni(...)

The new bridge linking Burgh Quay and Marlborough Street under construction over the river Liffey in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin’s Abbey Theatre has launched an online “urgent petition” seeking to have the new bridge on the River Liffey, currently under constructio(...)

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