Health Month

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I make the wrong choice. I run in my Converse

Oh deer, I say hilariously to myself as I run a Phoenix Park route I am very familiar with. It is days after Christmas and I have just disturbed a her(...)

I’ve been very slow to make any dietary changes, largely because of the detrimental impact a contracting meat and dairy industry would have on rural Ireland.

I was reared on meat and not just in a dietary sense but economically too. My Dad is an engineer at a meat processing plant, my Mum used to work in H(...)

From left, Paul Timoney from Batman Needs a Break, with David Green from In The Willows, Tadhg Hickey, of InOne Eye, Out The Other, Dominica Williams mezzo-soprano with How Aria?, programme co-ordinator Edel Doran, Mongoose’s Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Ailbhe Dunne, who play Therapy Sessions, and  dancer Peter Toohey. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

We may talk about having the blues, or the black dog, or the mean reds, but we don’t talk about them enough. Look around next time you’re out and abou(...)

The eight pamphlets circulated to houses countrywide by the Department of Health in the mid-1950s.

In the mid-1950s, the Department of Health circulated an envelope of eight pamphlets to houses countrywide, with an accompanying letter from minister (...)

A GP will expect to spend an average of 10-15 minutes with you, hoping the quicker, more straightforward visits will balance out the longer, more complicated cases over the course of a day and prevent congestion in the waiting room. Photograph: iStock

Aspirations for a healthier body and mind will be behind many a New Year resolution, in the hope of increasing zest for life and reducing risk of illn(...)

Very optimistic older people live longer than their very pessimistic peers. Photograph: iStock

I have often mentioned that I am a pessimist by nature, but the only resolution I’m making this year is to spend more time on the sunny side of the st(...)

(Back row) Bruce Shiel, Matthias John, Ceola McGowan, Vaughan Mason, Matt Wilson with (front L-R) Ashley Glover, Fiona Alston and Oonagh McMorrow. at axe-throwing training in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On a wet dark winter’s evening I took the opportunity to join the Wicklow axe throwers on one of their regular practice evenings, held in a barn, on t(...)

Maybe 2020 will be the year I finally join that drama group I’ve spoken about joining for so long or acquire those buns of steel I deserve after so many years of pushing prams and scooters up the hilly school walk. Photograph: iStock

I’ll start this new year like much of the population, I imagine, full of great intentions. January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Thro(...)

Where smoked salmon was once a rare treat, it is now neither particularly expensive nor elusive. Photograph: iStock

Tales from childhood of Fionn mac Cumhail and the salmon of knowledge lend a prestige to that fish that others don’t enjoy. Smoked salmon, in particul(...)

Conor Pope is following the 10km Get Running course and will be writing weekly about how he is getting on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

As a child of the 1970s and ’80s in the west of Ireland there was little by way of television to keep me entertained and nothing by way of computer ga(...)

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