Are natural cleaning products actually any good?

As part of her annual Spring clean, Nuala Woulfe swapped chemical cleaning agents for natural ingredients. Did they work as well or was it just a lot of hassle so she could feel good about herself?

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Corkman's documentary on angling is casting out to film festivals worldwide

Ecologist Carl Dixon tells Ellie O’Byrne how an article he wrote for this newspaper inspired him to make a documentary about a female angler that is enchanting audiences in the US and Europe

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POLL: Should cannabis ever be legalised?

Senator James Heffernan and Dr Chris Luke lay out the pros and cons for leagalising cannabis in Ireland. Have your say in our poll below.

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Top ten tips and recipes for cooking for a crowd

Cooking for a communion or confirmation party? Not sure where to begin? The trick lies in planning ahead. If you do, you will not have to spend all your time in the kitchen on the big day when you should be mixing with guests.

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BDSM: The dangers and delights of games people play

Rita de Brún sought the views of some therapists as she looked at the dark world of sadomasochism and BDSM

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Claire's journey from county final to kidney dialysis reveals need for organ donation

Claire Dolan lived for football until she learned one of her kidneys was defunct. Within days she had to swap college and football for dialysis and an awful waiting game, writes Arlene Harris.

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Cate Blanchett loses her perfect poise in an interview

CATE BLANCHETT was not impressed when an interviewer suggested she looked like the kind of Aussie girl who would like to crack open a beer with him.

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One woman describes her first time at an outdoor mobile sauna in West Cork

Want to feel invigorated, madly alive and have great conversation. Get thee to an outdoor sauna where you can run from 100 degree temperatures to an icy lake or sea, writes Emer Sexton

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Depression has been my greatest teacher

Martin Sheridan was first treated for depression at 22. Fifteen years later, he puts into words his struggles with the disease

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Treating distress without prescription drugs

Liz Dunphy looks at addiction and prescription tranquilisers — and talks to the practitioners who are re-humanising the treatment of emotional distress — without pharmaceutical intervention.

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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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Pre-planning your funeral is important if you do not have a faith

With more people counting themselves out of the Catholic Church, Caomhan Keane spoke to three funeral celebrants who offer alternative funeral services and graveyards to those who want to be buried in tune with how they lived

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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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