- Why we’re child-free and happy
ARIA Ungerer is in her mid-30s. She's happy, successful, in a stable loving relationship, fulfilled in her life, and… avowedly childless. Or 'child-free' as she calls it.
- ‘My friend is big into porn, but he can’t talk to girls’
MY PAST two Saturday afternoons have been spent chatting with teenagers about just how vulnerable they are to the dangers of the internet.
- ‘Belfies’ are set to take over in 2014
As 'belfies' become the pic du jour, Deirdre Reynolds asks why are we so obsessed with our bottoms.
- When gifts go very wrong
CHRISTMAS memories are usually the stuff of magic, but sometimes they're a little less so. Here, some of Ireland's best known recall the Christmas gifts they remember for all the wrong reasons.
- Haunted by Mount Pleasant
STANDING up, as she's about to leave, Louise Phillips, author of the just-named Irish Crime Novel of the Year The Doll's House may have cried as she told me about the dark place where her novels originate.
- Gift ideas
- Mummy’s Plum Pudding
THE countdown to Christmas continues.
- Christmas dinners to go
Galway: A Spanish Christmas
- The Shape I'm In: Glenda Gilson, TV presenter
THOUGH she's working at top gear, sometimes seven days a week, there is no other job TV presenter Glenda Gilson would rather do.
- Shape I'm In: No diets on the menu for Sharon Ní Bheoláin
RTE News: Six One co-anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin, believes in giving back.
- Murray portrait removed after personal plea from victim
The portrait of a former lord mayor of Cork, the convicted sex offender John Murray, was removed from City Hall last night after a powerful personal plea from his victim.
- Kerry needs to up its game to get ‘fair share’ of tourism business
Traditional visitor haven Kerry is faced with a major challenge to reach the top of the tourism ratings.
- How the world became hooked on fantasy
IF you're not a big fan of fantasy and despair at all the wizards and dragons on TV, on film and in books, then you should blame John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Or, go back 1,000 years and blame the unknown author of Beowulf, with its monsters and kings. Or, go back another two millennia and blame Homer's epic tales of gods and heroes.
- Tulisa charged with supplying cocaine
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has been charged with allegedly being involved with supplying Class A drugs.
- ‘Moone Boy’ drives turnaround in fortunes of Ardmore Studios
Boosted by the shooting of the third series of Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy, Ardmore Studios has enjoyed a turnaround in its fortunes this year after two years of successive losses.
- Study: London skewing UK interest rates
The Bank of England may be forced to pay greater attention to the UK economy outside of London when setting interest rates.
- FRC plan ‘fairer’ provincial system
GAA president Liam O'Neill has challenged the Association to back the Football Review Committee's (FRC) Championship proposal or produce a better alternative.
- Browne’s IRFU financial fear
IRFU chiefs fear any boycott of the Heineken Cup or a similar European competition by English and/or French clubs could result in a €12m hit and place the union and the four provinces in a perilous financial position.
- Spilling the magic beans on pantomime
THEATRICAL stalwart Catherine Mahon-Buckley has surely earned the title of Mammy of Cork pantomime season now that she is directing her 20th seasonal show for the Everyman. Mahon-Buckley is directing Jack and the Beanstalk for the theatre, and says that every five years, a new generation emerges.
- Mick Mackey: A scientist's career on ice
SCIENCE and art don't always make the easiest bedfellows. However, when photographer Mick Mackey travelled to the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island for a 30-month stint as a field biologist he was able to utilise his eye for detail to capture images that are not only technically proficient, but also vibrant, occasionally quirky and highly evocative.
- Rugby stars line out to get treatment for twins
It's just the backing she needed in her race against time for a Christmas miracle.
- Farmer thrilled with rare donkey twins
Christmas has come early for animal lover Cormac Williams whose pet donkey, named Tulip, has given birth to twin foals.
- Room with a view... soon with pylon 30m from kitchen
The first John McHale knew about EirGrid's plan to put a pylon "30m from the kitchen window" was when he opened a copy of the Western People newspaper last October.
- Fota Island's Believe brings Christmas to life
A snow-coveredforest, magic fairydust — and real life husky puppies. Welcome to Santa's grotto, Franc-style.
- Murphy generation game takes another twist
Sometime next year, certainly in league and possibly championship, the veteran secretary of the Sarsfields club will smile across at the first-year secretary of Erin's Own, and give a knowing nod.
- Our scientific genius Tyndall who was accidentally murdered by his wife
A CONFERENCE at London's Royal Society next week will discuss ways to reduce emissions from gases blamed for causing rising temperatures.
- Owner of top Cork pubs launches bid to stop IBRC selling loans to Nama
A consortium that owns some of Cork's best-known pubs has initiated proceedings aimed at preventing Irish Bank Resolution Corporation selling its loans to Nama.
- What makes the elite better than the rest?
For the recent visit of the All Blacks to the Aviva Stadium, I was on a radio panel with Irish legend David Wallace and Kiwi and Ulster player Nick Williams.
- Rebels must push on next year, insists Nash
Contrary to the minority, it was indeed a year of progress for the Cork hurlers; a first championship victory over Kilkenny since 2004, the unearthing of new talent in Séamus Harnedy and an end to their seven-year absence from the September showpiece.
- Jobless get 6,500 letters on vacancies abroad
The Department of Social Protection has sent more than 6,500 letters since the start of the year to jobseekers here telling them about job opportunities across Europe and in Canada.