Dr Maeve Hurley, chief executive and co-founder of Ag Éisteach, speaking at the launch of its Able Training Programme for front-line workers. Photograph: Darragh Kane

We all know people who make us feel better about ourselves and more optimistic about life. Conversely there are others we encounter who leave us stres(...)

Sally Brampton:  July 25th, 1955-May 10th, 2016. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The journalist and author Sally Brampton, who has died aged 60, created the template for the modern women’s magazine. She was hired as editor when the(...)

Food is life. The madeleine memories it brings are involuntary, deep in your bones. Illustration: Irish Times Premedia

“When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes . . . ” You insist that they read this Seamus Heaney poem at your m(...)

Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan:“He is the real entrepreneur,” says Rebecca, “whereas I am a big square.I would never have gone down this route without Will.”

Their eyes met over an “outrageous” model in a life drawing class in London in 2006. In a meet-cute worthy of Nora Ephron, they had nowhere else to(...)

Cellulite is so common in women that some doctors consider it a secondary sex characteristic, no different from breasts
Naturally . . . Smoother skin

Women have cellulite. Indeed, some 80 to 90 per cent of women have cellulite. So why do so many of us banish bikinis to bottom drawers and hastily (...)

Last year the writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh created a series of hand-drawn bookmarks of some of her female literary heroes. Among them were G(...)

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In 1970 the writer and film director Nora Ephron wrote a terrific defence of writing about supposedly fluffy subjects. She had recently appeared on a (...)

Angela Neustatter: she and her husband live in separate parts of their house

When you are married so long that you can’t be in the same room together for more than a few minutes, there is a solution. Separate residences (...)

In her memoir I Remember Nothing the late Nora Ephron said senior moments have become hipper and more respectable “Google moments”. Forgetting has bec(...)

Planning your own funeral may seem morbid but it’s actually a thoughtful and organised exercise that will save your next-of-kin a whole lot of trouble(...)