Kelly O'Brien takes a tumble as she tries out the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Series qualifier in Belfast earlier this month.

Red Bull’s Crashed Ice event skates into Belfast this February

Kelly O’Brien loves ice hockey and isn’t adverse to hanging out at pop-up ice skating rinks in December so she couldn’t resist trying out Red Bull extreme ice skating.

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It’s best just to make it up as you go along

SO, this month my youth theatre, Activ8, decided to perform an improvised show. We were split into groups of three or four, given a game to play, and then left to the mercy of the audience.

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Heroin users and the effect drugs had on them

A project shows real-life contemporary users in designer clothes talking about the physical, mental and emotional toll that the drug takes on them. Liz Dunphy reports.

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This much I know: Aoife Duffin

I’ve been acting since I left school so in a way it’s all I know. I grew up in Castlegregory, Co Kerry. I’m the youngest of five, with two brothers and two sisters.

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There’s no place like home and away

Kyle Pryor aka Dr Nate Cooper was in Cork recently. Ellie O’Byrne asks him why Irish people are so addicted to ‘Home and Away’.

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Meet three couples who work together, day and night

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy’s wife Jenny is also his producer —so what are the challenges they face? Arlene Harris talks to to three couples about working and living together.

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Homegrown British Jihadists: What makes them tick?

On the Trail of Britain’s Homegrown Jihadists By Alex Perry

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Just what the patients wanted at the Mercy Hospital, Cork

Carol O’Callaghan visits the new family room at the Mercy University Hospital’s Children’s Leukaemia Unit.

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Leo has made it easier for the young LGBT community

Leo Varadkar’s coming out has been roundly praised and hailed as good for struggling youngsters, but what do young LGBT people think? Kay Cairns
finds out

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Suzanne Harrington says anyone that promises fast results to a long term problem ishaving a laugh.

Self-help is no help — that’s useful knowledge

Few books in the self-help section will ever turn your life around, writes Suzanne Harrington. Real personal development requires far more time and often, professional help

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Feng Shui is about more than furniture and colours

Dervilla Griffin is a Cork-based Feng Shui consultant in demand all over the world. She tells Sharon O’Reilly-Coates how her work can alleviate sickness and even money worries

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The worst homophobia I suffered was from myself

Leo Varadkar’s ‘coming out’ on radio brought back lots of memories for Caomhan Keane who dreams of a time when such a public ‘coming out’ is as dated as a debutantes ball

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How to stay motivated and get fit in January

With sub zero temperatures, January is the hardest time of the year to get off the couch but it’s also peak resolution time. Ellie O’Byrne gets some tips from a fitness coach on how to keep your motivation going

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Public spreads the word on novel little libraries

Miniature libraries are springing up all over Ireland - even the President has one says Nuala Woulfe

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Irishman’s guide to five hot walks in south of Spain

Hillwalking in Ireland is a joy but there is something particularly special about the south of Spain with its year-round clear skies and its easy access from Irish airports, writes Dan McCarthy

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When the Rolling Stones played Cork’s Savoy ...¬†

People of a certain age love to wax lyrical about when the Beatles played Dublin’s Adelphi, but what about when the Rolling Stones hit Cork’s Savoy theatre, 50 years ago, writes John Daly

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A long, solitary walk in the wilderness can change your life

Going into the wilderness may seem like an American concept, but its an age-old method of restoring your natural balance, writes Claire Droney

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Aaron Paul, a ‘Bad’ boy who turned out good

Jonathan deBurca Butler spoke to actor Aaron Paul, who though now a globally recognised Hollywood star, came across as a remarkably upbeat and down-to-earth individual.

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How to defuse the population time bomb and save humanity from ourselves

The Earth’s too crowded, so better family planning may be humanity’s last hope to save us from ourselves, write Zo Schlanger and Elijah Wolfson

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African music beats a path across Ireland

One of Nuala Woulfe’s new year reslolutions was to learn an instrument and she chose African drumming. She’s not alone as African drumming is the new yoga.

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