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Schools won’t start back for more than a month but the lead-in time is long

It can’t be back to school time already, can it? No, not really. Schools won’t start back for more than a month, but as with most everything nowadays (...)

Clodagh Kelly and Katie Harrington, aka 'Climate Queens', only buy second-hand clothing, or swap items with friends. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Around 100 billion items of clothing are delivered out of garment factories around the world every year. Collectively, the world’s population buys 400(...)

Get your make-up bag ready for the season.

It is actually summer. Don’t make me say it again, and please keep snide comments to yourself. You can Google it – June logically implies summer and I(...)

Isaac Reid (age 6), Peter Reid (age 9), Catherine Cleary, and Shane Reid (age 12) have a picnic in Iveagh Gardens. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

When it decides to show up, there is nothing better in the world than an Irish summer. Even when it doesn’t, with a strong will, a flask of tea and en(...)

Alcock and Brown leaving Newfoundland.

Around 9am on June 15th , 1919, an Australian soldier spending his honeymoon in Clifden looked out the window of his hotel room and saw a plane. Short(...)

Is there any way to make it to your departure gate without walking through duty free?

With all the queuing and the security and the stress and the delays and the tinny announcements that can barely be heard as they are mumbled over the (...)

Irish consumers are shifting their search for bargains towards second hand shops for environmental, ethical and economic reasons, a conference in Limerick will be told today. Image: iStock.

Irish consumers are shifting their search for bargains towards second hand shops for environmental, ethical and economic reasons with millennials most(...)

The best beauty essentials for travellers,  from eyeliners to facial mists

Last summer, while waiting in the security queue at a big airport, I found myself standing behind a woman who understood the rules around carry-on liq(...)

Paul Kelly, the former managing director of Brown Thomas, has been awarded the Isidoro Álvarez Lifetime Achievement Medal at World Retail Awards 2019.

Retailer Paul Kelly, the former managing director of Brown Thomas, has been awarded the Isidoro Álvarez Lifetime Achievement Medal at World Retail Awa(...)

Five of the best moisturisers from Beauty Pie, Chanel, Alpha H, Kate Somerville and Rituals

The science and recent evolution of skincare are fascinating if you happen to be interested in them but positively intimidating to everyone else. No l(...)

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