National Tree Week: Why we all need the comfort a tree

This week is National Tree Week, so holistic gardener Fiann Ó Nualláin has been looking at what varieties are best for you and your garden

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A famine-time kindness repaid in Cork to Native American Indians

Sharon O’ Reilly-Coates says a feather sculpture in Cork is a thank you to Native American Indians

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This Irish mammy wants to hang up her apron and search for peace and quiet

Barbara Scully wants to ditch domestic drudgery and escape to Antarctic isolation.

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Older women tell us what getting older is really like

Women over 60 are having a ‘moment’ and it’s not a senior one. More confidence, more energy and they couldn’t care less what you think. 

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Julianne Moore finally gets the gong

Will Lawrence says the 54-year old actress has finally won a best Oscar, playing a woman losing her identity to early Alzheimer’s. Moore herself, is utterly unchanged by fame and fortune, he finds.

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TV drama adaptations: High art or low figures?

The TV-adaptation of Mantel’s novels excelled, but steadily lost viewing figures,, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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The kingpin of the Silk Roaddrug cartel believed hewas safely hidden online ...he wasn't. Nina Burleigh on the riseand fall of Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht: Untraceable?

The kingpin of the Silk Road drug cartel believed he was safely hidden online ... he wasn’t. Nina Burleigh on the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht

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Number-one songs that never were

As Ed Power ponders a possible digital backlash, he talks to John Creedon about classic songs that never made it to the top of the charts

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Vinyl sales amounted to 1.2m units in 2014, a 20-year high; inset, sales of Kindle-like reading devices are falling, as people opt for books.

Are we digitalled out? The retro revolution is here

Boardgames are booming, vinyl sales are taking off, e-reader sales are slowing, and there’s a vogue for retro Nokias among hipsters. Are we ‘digitalled out’, asks Ed Power

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Welcome to Minevention, the Minecraft convention

If you have a child aged five upwards, chances are you’ll know all about Minecraft. Mother-ofthree Caroline Delaney attended a convention where she learnt that its appeal is far greater than she’d ever imagined

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Suzy O'Mullane: Cork artist is a fan of VS Naipaul and Bob Marley.

A Question of Taste: Suzy O’Mullane

CORK-BASED artist Suzy O’Mullane has a performance/video/sound event at The Guesthouse, Cork, with Harry Moore on Saturday at 3pm. She will also have a solo exhibition entitled ‘There Was Nothing Good About Good Friday’ at the Origin Gallery in Dublin from March 12.

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Ben Evans said this is the first time that a single technology (the smartphone) has been sold to four-fifths of the Earth's population.

Eighty percent of the planet's population owns one, so where to next for the smartphone?

Are the days of widely exciting new products like the iPhone over? Have we reached peak smartphone innovation, asks Diarmaid Condon.

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Oscars 2015 briefing: Don't worry, we have you covered

Here's your one stop shop for all the news, views and fashion highlights (and lowlights) to emerge from the movie industry's biggest night

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Live updates: Is a holiday in Brussels possible for just €65?

Kay Cairn’s frugal adventures continue as she and Erin head off to the capital of Belgium. One catch, though: Kay’s on a very tight budget

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Israeli and Palestinians dancers come together in ’Swing for Peace’ initiative

In a bar in Cork, Israeli and Palestinian swing dancers jived and cha-chaed as part of a groundbreaking ‘Swing for Peace’ initiative, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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This much I know: Gary Lydon, actor

My biggest fault is that I am impulsive. Sometimes I pick an option and go with it, without having thought about all the possible outcomes.

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Touring cyclist Emmet Ryan tells of his healthy pursuit of cycling

Teacher Emmet Ryan felt trapped, over-worked and under-appreciated in his London job. He tells Colette Sheridan how he broke the rut.

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When the big screen beats the good book

Culture bores suggest a movie simply can’t match the sensory experience provided by the depth and breadth of a novel, Declan Burke says Fifty Shades of Grey has already put the old canard to bed.

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So, what does it take to be a cool dude?

Rose Mary Roche explores the theory that character, from which genuine coolness is derived, is much more fascinating than pure good looks. Faddy fashions peak and then die while genuine cool is consistent and enduring.

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And the winner is? Only two men have the answer

John Daly says PriceWaterHouseCoopers accountants Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas know who has won the Oscars days before the world does. They count the ballots by hand in a windowless room before being escorted by police to the awards ceremony.

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