Zayn’s going in One Direction. He’s leaving...

The world’s biggest boyband would be ’a fab four’ brought me back to the heartache of when Robbie left Take That a month after my mum died, says Paula Burns

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How to get modern children to fall in love with reading

While previous generations became bookworms because of boredom and rainy days, it’s not so easy with this generation who have aptastic technology to turn to, writes Arlene Harris

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Norah Casey shares the secrets of her success, over a nice lunch

Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den investor Norah Casey is sharing her know-how with fledgling business women, says Marjorie Brennan

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What is it like being a man in 2015?

The internet, increased automation, and permission to express emotion, has in one generation, changed life radically for us says Richard Fitzpatrick

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Roll up, roll up: University of Limerick offers students chance at the ’big top’

Circus skills are about to explode in Ireland writes Nuala Woulfe

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Bob Carlos-Clarke: In the ’White Heat’ of battle

Born in Kinsale Co Cork, he became one of the most iconic photographers of his time. On the 25th anniversary of the publication of ’White Heat’, Suzanne Harrington examines the life of Bob Carlos-Clarke

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3D printing adds a new dimension in the design and building sectors

3D printing technology will make some jobs in construction obsolete but will create others. Teacher Antonio Ianni tells Ellie O’Byrne it is the future but Ireland is lagging behind.

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Nicola Sheehan with her children Mina and Gia. For most parents, a good salary or extended family, are vital if they are to stay in the workplace.

Why do parents continue working if a salary only just covers childcare?

Irish parents are spending about a quarter of their income on children with some paying up to 40%. But can you imagine saving up for your childcare? Andrea Mara spoke to one mother who said she had no other choice.

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Modelling good eating habits: Setting healthy examples for our children’s eating habits

Peer pressure on teenagers to look like models, actresses, even porn stars is everywhere. Áilín Quinlan talks to eating disorder experts about what parents can do to offset this pervasive influence.

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"Watching the dragons' wings quiver in the wind, the fluffy cumulus clouds swirling in the sky, even the rippling sea water, was so incredible that a few days later I went right back to see the whole thing again."

My life will be for creating, not consuming

The strangest things bring happiness. And a lot of the time, they come out of nowhere. Take, for example, my immense love for animation.

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Michael Murphy’s search for meaning

Broadcaster and psychoanalyst, Michael Murphy, will bring his evening of reflection: ‘Stories, Poetry and Dreams to the Triskel, Christchurch next week and ahead of the event, Colette Sheridan talks to him about his work, his books and his outlo.

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The enigma that is Rebekah Brooks

When Rebekah Brooks resigned amid the greatest scandal in newspaper history, many thought that would be the end of her. They were wrong, writes Suzanne Harrington. 

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The selfie-stick and the phenomena centred on the ‘ego’

Selfies are so last year. The trend now is to snap yourself with a device that looks like a mini golf club, says Jonathan deBurca Butler. 

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THE BIG READ: Why are thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country?

With chronic shortages of basic goods and services, price increases of 60%, and 30,000 murders per year, the natives, especially the middle classes, are fleeing abroad, says Richard Fitzpatrick

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Communion and Confirmation days are important for mums too: Here's what to wear

Annmarie O’Connor thinks mothers should adopt a ’less is more’ approach to their communion and confirmation outfits. So be careful with necklines, hemlines and anything strapless.

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Unemployment exacerbates anxiety.

Mental health: Where to find free or cheap counselling in Ireland

Counselling services for people with mental health problems can have waiting lists of up to six months. If you don’t want to be a slave to medication, Kay Cairns looks at your limited options.

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The eclipse: A once in a lifetime event

Tomorrow, the moon will block 90% of the sun, in a display that will be both beautiful and dangerous to behold, says Ailin Quinlan.

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Models Roz Purcell and Madeline Mulqueen in Penney's growing exercise range

Why strong, not skinny, is the new sexy

The western world’s obsession with thigh gaps, concave stomachs and thinspiration isn’t over yet but there’s a definite more towards exercise and nutrition rather than starvation, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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St Patrick as imagined by artist, Stephen McNally

Holy cow! There’s a saint for everything and everyone

Today, tens of millions worldwide are celebrating the feast of this country’s patron saint, Partick. But ther’s a baffling number of patron saints, and some have rather unexpected job titles, says Brian Moss.

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Are arts degrees a waste of time?

Margaret E. Ward and Norah Casey debate whether or not an arts degree is a waste of time.

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