Clonmel Horse Show: The show goes on, despite recession, war and rain

On Sunday, it will be 150 years since the first Clonmel Horse Show was held in 1865 and since then, it has survived economic turmoil, a civil war, two world wars, says historian Turtle Bunbury.

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New book claims women can do it all

A new US book says mums working outside the home don’t have it bad at all — and more controversially, it gets easier when you make it to the top. Andrea Mara puts its controversial theories to the test

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How to look good in holiday photos

Your summer holiday is less than a week away, you never shifted that extra weight from Christmas, you didn’t get to the gym past February and now you’re dreading your holiday pics hitting FaceBook. It’s time to learn the cheat’s guide of how to look good in photographs.

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The dos and don’ts of summer sales shopping

The thought of summer sales might make you shudder in horror or squeal with excitement depending on your attitude to spending but approach them with cool headedness and a little shopping savvy and you can save yourself major buck.

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How to plan your finance route carefully for a new set of wheels

Tomorrow sees the start of 152 car registrations. Grainne McGuinness has been looking at finance options if you’re planning a trip to the showroom.

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Wake up to e-mail etiquette

Email is the default communication method in offices. Yet, many people unwittingly alienate colleagues and clients by being impatient, rash and presumptuous in their mails, writes Ailín Quinlan.

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Above; the King, Pádraig ' Peats Mhicí' Ó Catháin with his postbag.

A new book reveals the story of the King of the Blasket

The King, a man of sound judgement and good English, was once chosen by fellow islanders to oversee major fishing expeditions, settle disputes and even offer marital advice, says Ailin Quinlan

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Why the beard is still in

So beards have been all over magazines, blogs and the red carpet this year but most women still hate them. But not, Ellie O’Byrne, a unapologetic beardophile

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This much I know: Derval O’Rourke, athlete and author

I began running because I loved it and because I was pretty good at it.

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This week’s must do, see & buy

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Hands up and time for an admission. We are a little addicted here to Finery London. 

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René Redzepi eats his way across Mexico to deconstruct its secrets

René Redzepi ignited an international culinary revolution with Noma, his restaurant focused on wildly innovative Nordic cuisine. Now, believing that Mexican food is the next big thing, the Scandinavian wunderkind eats his way across the country.

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The $200m woman: How Maria Sharapova became the world’s wealthiest female athlete

Ashlee Vance looks at how Maria Sharapova has become the wealthiest female athlete in the world

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A look inside the world of white supremacy

To the isolated, unhappy young mind, white supremacists can seem like welcoming self-help groups, with a ready assurance that others are to blame for all their troubles, writes Stephen L Carter

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The best methods and machines to brew perfect coffee at home

Roz Crowley has been busy researching coffee makers as she wanted an upgrade.

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Samsung gains a clear edge on its competitors

Samsung worked hard over the last few years to catch up with design kingpins, Apple. The release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge shows all their hard work has paid off, says Noel Campion.

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The politics of tears at work - The big no-no in the workplace

Let’s be honest, some women cry at work and so does the odd man. Why is it wrong to be human in the workplace, asks Rita de Brun.

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Six facts you didn’t know about ice cream

We can’t get enough of it, but, once upon a time, ice cream was only for the rich, learned Robert Hume when he looked into the history of the frozen treat

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Finger lickin’ good BBQ recipes to try this summer

Sick of making the same old stuff on the barbecue? Here’s Roz Crowley’s ‘cut out and keep’ guide to sexing up your barbie

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Meet Lena Rice: Ireland’s most successful female tennis player

It’s 125 years since the Irish won both the men’s singles and women’s singles at Wimbledon. William O’Riordan looks at the amazing achievement of one Lena Rice.

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The Dalai Lama listens to his interpreter, Dr. Thupen Jinpa, while leading a discussion during the Seeds of Compassion Conference in Seattle, Washington., in 2008 and Thupen (right)

Thupten Jinpa on rising above trolling and caring our way to courage

For decades, he was the Dalai Lama’s right hand man but now he’s taking on internet trolls as he believes greater empathy is crucial to our future says Deirdre Reynolds.

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