Visualise an imagined future time – such as a holiday or a party – to give yourself a sense of relief for a few minutes

For three weeks from midnight on October 6th, all of Ireland moves to Level 3 restrictions. This is a familiar scenario for Dublin and Donegal, but a (...)

When it emptied our cities, Covid-19 gave us a chance to push reset. It allowed people to really see the space, rather than the people and cars cro(...)

WE HAVE NEVER KNOWN PERSONAL, CULTURAL OR SOCIETAL UPHEAVAL LIKE THIS, SO WE MUST STOP LOOKING FOR THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ AND LEARN TO LIVE IN THE (...)

Maureen Gaffney: ‘You can’t rely on other people to avoid you. It’s up to all of us to be aware’. Photograph: iStock

As the Government ramps up its advice on social distancing with new measures introduced on Tuesday to curtail groups outdoors to four (unless it’s a f(...)

Marty Morrissey: My first ever commentary was on the back of a tractor and trailer

Popular RTÉ sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey is to be honoured by his alma mater University College Cork this Friday with an alumni achievement awar(...)

Splitting headaches: unhappy marriages are now more likely to be ended, as couples expect more from their relationships. Photograph: Brand X/Getty

Once again, Ireland is going to the polls about divorce – this time, to decide if separating couples have to wait for four years to be granted a divor(...)

Fruit pickers Ashlynn O’Leary and Aoife Guiney with Jimmy Kearns, owner of Kearns Fruit Farm outside Enniscorthy in  Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Earlier this summer Jimmy Kearns hired 25-30 people in their late teens to work on his fruit farm a few miles outside Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Withi(...)

When people describe experiences of deep intimacy they recall definite things. A look, a gesture, a touch

What is this thing called love? We can live without St Valentine’s Day. But we can’t survive without love, because love is nested in the need fo(...)

Matt Cooper (usually tieless but wearing one in this publicity shot) and Ivan Yates (vice versa) of the Tonight Show

Early this week, Matt Cooper, the generally tieless co-host of The Tonight Show (Monday-Thursday, TV3, 11pm), sounded concerned. “How frustrating is t(...)

The 2016 census found that 399,815 people in Ireland lived alone. Image: iStock.

A move by British prime minister Theresa May to appoint a dedicated minister for loneliness has been described by a Fianna Fáil Senator as an “absolut(...)

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