Trish Murphy

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Being different in secondary school is a huge challenge and exclusion is one of our biggest fears – your son may feel at a fundamental level that his survival relies on no one discovering who he really is. Photograph: iStock

Question: I am married with three children. We have two grown-up daughters, who have left home and are now making a life of their own, and a 17-year-o(...)

Ana    Kriégel who was 14 when she was murdered in May 2018.

The most prevalent responses for parents in the wake of the recent trial, arising from the death of Ana Kriégel, is a sense of fear and desire to prot(...)

This time last year, Dan Mallory was the toast of the publishing world. Known to readers by his pseudonym AJ Finn, the American author had just releas(...)

We are not born hating Mondays. We grow to see them as a curtailment of enjoyment, and fill ourselves with dread

All mental health services will tell you that there is a spike in demand for their services in the month of January and on into February. Naming a day(...)

If we all start talking about consent, over the dinner table, at book clubs, in the pub or coffee shop we can begin to decipher what we mean by it and what our own involvement in it might be.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fifteen years ago, I tried to get people talking about porn as it was surfacing as a key issue in our society .The need to talk about porn continues t(...)

Some 30 minutes’ exercise a day is essential for optimum health

What started off as a light look at preventing illness has ended up as a virtual guide to living healthily. So, if you believe your health is your wea(...)

James Sheridan: “I felt a constant fear and had utterly irrational thoughts, leaving me completely drained and devoid of happiness. A constant ‘what’s the point’ attitude prevailed.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“About six years ago or so, I sat around a table with a group of chefs and suggested that something needed to be done to address mental heal(...)

Students of Trinity College Dublin: a nationwide study  found that one in eight students had had an unwanted sexual experience during their third level years. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rules of the dating game are changing. For Trinity College students in Dublin nightclubs, it can help to have a flyer with advice on sexual consen(...)

On Wednesday, Pat Kenny discusses teenage sex in occasionally alarming detail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A minor squall in teacup blows up this week, with howls of exasperation from those wary of the creeping “nanny state”. A proposed new law would fine (...)

Some 40% of heterosexual men reported they have had 11 or more partners, compared with 32% of heterosexual women.

No one sums up the opposing attitudes of what constitutes a healthy, normal sex drive better than Woody Allen. In his 1977 romantic comedy Annie(...)

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