Colin Barrett will receive his €25k Frank O'Connor prize at the Cork International Short Story Festival. Picture: Nick Bradshaw

SKIN AND BARE IT: Frank O'Connor award 'buys you validation,' says Colin Barrett

It’d take more than a €25,000 prize and a looming football semi-final to distract Young Skins ...

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Loom band fad has us in a twist

Forget the cancer scares and environmental worries — the loom band craze will only last so long, ... This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Does it still have the ‘X Factor’?

Can Simon and Cheryl rescue the format, or has the TV show had its day? Ed Power reports This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Fr Francis Gleeson - The Irish saint of the trenches

Fr Francis Gleeson’s bravery as a WW1 chaplain is renowned, says James Fogarty

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Sinead and her daughter Grace at home in Shannon, Co Clare. Grace will be starting primary school in September

Amazing Grace starts school defying all odds

The first day at school can be daunting — and it can be all the more challenging for a child with ...

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Social work student Vincent O'Toole

Social work student thinks ’coming out’ app is inappropriate

However it comes out, ‘coming out’ is never easy, but support is available, writes Arlene ...

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Sade Akkoek, from Germany, who made a Pascha

Irish charity has US moms making toys for Russian orphans

An Irish charity has spearheaded an initiative to deliver handmade teddy bears to Russian orphans, writes ... This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Thomas Cohen with the late Peaches Geldof and their children

Thomas Cohen talks of Peaches’ addiction problems

At the inquest into Peaches Geldof’s death, her grieving husband told a candid tale of her drug ...

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Cosmo breaking down barriers with sex guide for lesbians

Cosmopolitan now has a guide to sex positions for lesbians. Have celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez ...

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Sofia Vergara

The Emmys 2014: Hits and misses on the red carpet

The Emmys are eagerly awaited — and not just for the gongs. The stakes are even higher when it ...

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Showbiz round-up: Daniel Radcliffe suffering from cluster headaches

DANIEL RADCLIFFE has revealed he is on blood pressure medication.

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Martin Nolan from Julien's Auctions who brought the Madonna collection to Ireland.

Meet the Irish auctioneer to the stars

From Michael Jackson to the Beatles, Martin Nolan has handled the world’s biggest celebrity ...

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Why there’s no place like Niall Horan’s home

As Niall Horan turns 21, Liz O’Brien visits the town that made him.

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This much I know: Theo Dorgan, Poet

I’ve spent much of my life raging against stupidity and injustice. 

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Head first: You don't need expensive equipment to benefit from spending time upside down.

Upside-down craze claims lots of health benefits

Inversion therapy is back in fashion, with devotees of the upside-down craze claiming health benefits ...

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An air drone on display at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England, last month. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Drones aim high to replace cargo planes

Scientists at odds with authorities in wanting light, less costly, unmanned UAVs to ferry goods around ...

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Confessions of a flight attendant

He’s served Katy Perry, Russell Brand, Lily Allen and other high-flying celebs at 35,000ft. Now ...

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Moving to a place in the sun could get you longer holidays

Who gets the most holidays worldwide? With 34 days leave, it’s time to move to Germany or Spain, ...

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Will you be my friend? - Finding a BFF isn’t so easy in the modern world

A best-selling book followed one woman’s year-long search for friendship in a new city. Her verdict? ...

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Roger McGough fell in love with poetry listening to a physics teacher recite it spontaneously in class.

ROGER MCGOUGH: The rhythm of life

Roger McGough’s poems convey the beauty of everyday language, says Richard Fitzpatrick This story is enriched with multi-media content

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