The Shape I’m In: Paul Howard - 'Once we reach middle age, our bodies are like vintage cars'

EVERY morning, Paul Howard and his dog set off from Dublin at 7am to drive to Avoca, where he spends the day writing.

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Life off the pitch: Donncha O'Callaghan and his plans for the future

Professional rugby player Donncha O’Callaghan has played for Munster, Ireland and the Lions and has recently renewed his contract with Worcester Warriors. He will bow out of the pro-game
at the end of the season, he talks to Esther McCarthy about his plans for the future

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Focusing on the festive presence of the holiday season

Jen Hogan looks at how we can help our children engage in the true meaning of Christmas by helping others and focusing on presence, not presents.

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Saving face over festive season: Avoiding complexion meltdowns this Christmas

Katie Wright asks the experts what we can do to prevent total complexion meltdown in the run-up to Christmas

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Face the festivities with Chanel

We called on make up master Christine Lucignano to bring us beautiful make up trends for Christmas and the party season, inspired by Chanel’s festive collection

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Why Ireland’s biggest fashion names came together to put Irish fashion on global stage

 

UK designers have the government-funded British Fashion Council. Here in Ireland, there was nothing – until some of our top names in fashion came together to create the Council of
Irish Fashion Designers. Carolyn Moore reports.

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Some great wines of Burgundy to try

Leslie Williams shares some of his favourite wines from Burgundy

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Derval O'Rourke: Quick and easy food to go with hard hitting exercises

This week I’m sharing one of my favourite home workouts.

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Restaurant review: Clanbrassil House - Dublin

“Yeah, well, that’s just like your opinion, man,” drawled The Dude (as played by Jeff Bridges) in The Big Lebowski – the classic Coen Brothers film from 1998.

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On the double: Jennifer Zamparelli and balancing a hectic life and baby number two

Helen O’Callaghan talks to Jennifer Zamparelli about how baby number two will fit in to the 2fm presenter’s hectic life

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Trim back for the festivities with these Christmas fitness tips

Before we start indulging in the mince pies and mulled wine, it’s a good time to tackle our waistlines. Fitness guru Matt Roberts shares his targeted exercise and eating programme with Peta Bee

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Water wonder: Flotation therapy helps with built up stress and insomnia

Liz Connor dips a toe into the world of floatation therapy

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Take the mystery out of mattress buying

They say if you make your bed, you have to lie in it. Kya deLongchamps is musing on mattresses this week and guides us towards a soft, heavenly haven. 

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The domestic flash of Francis Brennan

Kya delongchamps wonders if a meticulously-mannered 64-year-old Irish entrepreneur really could have anything new to say in the housekeeping/sanity balance of life? It appears ‘yes’ is the answer.

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Life between the covers of the best interiors books

Carol O’Callaghan choses her pick of this year’s interior books and finds inspirational ideas and sensible solutions, from opulent extravaganzas to practical household tips, in a selection of gift-ready volumes

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Skiing with your children? Here's all you need to know

Want to try a skiing holiday with your children? Mareike Graepel has all you need to know...

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Paradise found with five-star luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives offers truly five-star luxury with a range of all-inclusive packages, writes Barry Coughlan

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A walk on the wild side in the Austrian Alps

Rita de Brún took an Austrian Alps adventure trekking along the Hohesalve and Wilder Kaiser Nature Reserve.

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Having fled the Nazis, Elizabeth Friedlander created her own typeface before moving to Kinsale

Before she moved to Kinsale in the 1960s, Elizabeth Friedlander had already fled the Nazis, designed covers for Penguin books and created her own typeface, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Taking steps to heal yourself in countries where dance is a necessity

Celebrated choreographer Nacera Belaza says a history of suffering in a culture can manifest itself in the way dancers approach their work, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Album review: Bjork - Utopia

The provocative sleeve shot of Bjork’s tenth solo album Utopia features the Icelandic singer with what might kindly be described as “lady bits” attached to her forehead, writes Ed Power.

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Crab fisherman need department’s help after Ophelia

My friends, the local crustacean fishermen of West Cork’s Seven Heads, have still received no help from the Department of the Marine in replacing equipment lost during Storm Ophelia, writes Damien Enright.

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Rats as abundant as ever

As we recently mentioned, it’s a fabulous year for berries and wildlife is taking advantage. Rats, it seems, are climbing onto hawthorn trees and feasting on a rich crop of wine-red haws, which are now fully ripe, writes Donal Hickey.

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New ape species revealed in all its majesty

In 1842, Queen Victoria visited London Zoo, where Jenny, a female orangutan, made an indelible impression on her, writes Richard Collins.

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