‘Islands’ of plastic waste larger than the USA are killing our ocean life

Huge floating ‘garbage patches’ in the Pacific and North Atlantic are a threat to wildlife caused by our consumer culture, says Robert Hume

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How Google works hard to keep staff happy

The internet giant is famously nice to employees, who enjoy perks unheard of elsewhere. Emer Sexton takes a closer look and finds that while money can't make you happy it can lead to higher profits.  

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This is how to make the best of your retirement

The advertising industry loves to suggest that retirement is one holiday after another but for many people, it takes time to get used to endless time and a limited budget. Margaret Jennings talks to the experts about how to approach life after work 

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It’s better for men to open up than ‘man up’ and stay silent

Man Up is the romantic comedy of the moment, But the phrase ‘man up’ really annoys, Caroline Allen who thinks it sends out the wrong message to men about mental health

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The continued cruelty: Living with polio 50 years after the epidemic

It’s nearly 60 years since the polio epidemic struck fear into the heart of middle Ireland. It’s still not over, says Aileen Lee, for the hundreds of sufferers still affected by the disease

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Joanne O’Riordan is finished being a fresher

First year at college can take lots of getting used to after the familiarity of school and living with mum and dad. So imagine if you were disability campaigner, Joanne O’Riordan? Ailin Quinlan caught up with her to see how she found life at UCC.

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The ‘yes’ voters are our heroes

An overjoyed Jonathan Neville watched the referendum results from an Irish bar in Vienna with his husband, Frank and 50 other Eurovision fans. Twenty six years previous, when studying to be a priest, he had tried to kill himself as he didn’t want to be gay anymore.

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Madonna, misogyny and the menopause

Suzanne Harrington takes a fan’s approach to hunting out the the elephant in the room. Madonna, she says has highlighted the fact that women after 50 are regarded as cultural castrati and should leave the sexual arena quietly — and to the young and beautiful.

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Stephen Carrier: Story of an Irish winemaker

Glen Dimplex’s Lochlann Quinn loves wine so much, he bought a vineyard. Roz Crowley talks to Quinn and his winemaker, Stephen Carrier about the Bordeaux, Chateau de Fieuzal    

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Inside the Garda Sub-Aqua team with Tosh Lavery

Sue Leonard meets Tosh Lavery, who was one of the first recruits to the Garda Sub-Aqua team and whose eventful life and times he has recorded in a new memoir. 

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Bubbling over with ideas for fermenting food

Valerie O’Connor says fermented foods, like sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, cheeses, and dried meats, replenish healthy bacteria in the gut, improve digestion and boost energy.

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The Long Read: California is battling a devastating drought

Will chronic water shortages kill the California dream? by Elijah Wolfson

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My week of barefaced cheek: Rose Mary Roche goes without make up for a week

THE CHALLENGE to go without make up for a week, inspired by this season’s nude face trend got me thinking.

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This much I know: Ronan Collins

I’m a familiar voice allowed into people’s homes.

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VIDEO: Nathan Kirwan’s amazing walk right back to happiness

Ellie O’Byrne meets a young man who is pushing the boundaries of disability by fundraising for an exoskeleton which allows wheelchair users to walk again — with and without support.

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Male cosmetics: Man gets slap on the face

Men in the UK are already spending up to €840 million on grooming and marketeers are adamant that men will yet take to cosmetics in the same way that they’ve taken to moisturisers. Caomhan Keane decided to give man make up a twirl...

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VIDEO: Cork LETS gives real ’currency’ to helping each other

This mini documentary by Michael O’Mahony, a masters student in CIT, reveals how a new payment system called “LETS Currency” has been launched as a way to reward volunteers in community organisations in Cork city and beyond.

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Deirdre O'Kane first stand-up show in sixyears is defined by midlife problems.

Deirdre O'Kane is standing up for her midlife crisis

Deirdre O’Kane is back to stand-up after six years of TV and film acting —and her midlife crisis is
centre stage says Colm O’Regan

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Taking control when the shops are never closed online

Seasoned online shopper Liz Dunphy offers advice on how to get the best out of couch shopping

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Kath Gorman:guest curator for the Cork Midsummer Festival.

A question of taste - Kath Gorman

KATH GORMAN is the guest curator for this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival, taking place over two weekends on June 12–14 and 19–21 . She’s from Staffordshire, but has lived in Kinsale for the past six years. See www.corkmidsummer.com.

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