Meet eight Irish heroes who stood out in 2016

Every cloud has a silver lining and 2016 proved to be no exception. Gwen Loughman looks at the year that was through eight Irish people who made the year that bit brighter

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SkyMatters: How to spot Venus in the sky on Valentine's Day

Romance is in the sky in February – and Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, writes Niall Smith

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This much I know: Cormac Ó hEadhra, radio presenter

My best advice is to look at life from all angles.

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Something for the weekend...

1) Bachelor Boy
John B Keane’s story of a bachelor consigned to a life of celibacy by a combination of religiously inspired by sexual guilt, social ineptitude and plain bad luck, is being brought to life tonight at the Everyman Theatre in Cork.

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Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

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The new winter destination? All eyes will be on Miami as Aer Lingus launches its first ever direct Dublin-Miami route in September — three flights per week, and fares start at €299. 

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BABY MAKERS: How British scientists are deciding the future of humanity

Pioneering gene editing research has put the UK at the forefront of the next scientific revolution. Madhumita Murgia wonders if the rest of the world is ready for it or not.

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Can teenagers learn to be a parent in just a weekend?

Can teenagers understand parenthood by caring for a lifelike doll over a weekend? Gwen Loughman puts the question to students in a virtual parenting programme.

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Meet the group reviving the fine art of conversation

In a small group of strangers, there was an empathy, curiosity and acceptance between us that made our conversations real and meaningful, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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Zero Waste movement aims to reduce household waste

The Zero Waste movement aims to reduce houshold waste to zero, Ailín Quinlan hears from its growing number of supporters.

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Irish couple speak out about the grief of losing a baby

One couple’s treatment in hospital during a miscarriage was so horrific, they wrote a book about it as a form of therapy, writes Olivia Kelleher.

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What should the age of online consent be?

Though legal changes are afoot, children’s safety on social media is a matter of education, reports Andrea Mara.

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Learning the lingo: Taking up a second language before we're 3?

We lag well behind the rest of Europe for foreign languages and should be starting kids off before 3, finds Arlene Harris.

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Appliance of science: Does chicken soup really cure a cold?

Scientist Dr Naomi Lavelle explains why people reach for chicken soup to cure the common cold.

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Ireland's next generation of game changers

From Northern Irish fashion designer J.W. Anderson making serious waves with his gender-bending designs as creative director for the luxury Spanish fashion label Loewe to 22-year-old Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan making the coveted cover of Time magazine, there’s no denying that the year just gone was another incredibly triumphant one for Ireland’s next generation of game-changers.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Joy to the world

Joy points upward, according to Marie Kondo, whose name is now a verb and whose nickname is being trademarked and whose life has become a philosophy.

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2017's hot 100 in movies, music, food & fashion

From movies to music, food to fashion, Declan Burke, Ciara McDonnell, Joe McNamee, Annmarie O'Connor, Des O'Driscoll, Ed Power and Ailín Quinlan reveal their picks for the year ahead.

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The woman who might find us another earth

The star-crossed life of Sara Seager, an astrophysicist obsessed with discovering distant worlds, writes Chris Jones

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Meet some of Ireland's homegrown heroes

While we are low on cattle-ranchers to lasso thieves we have no shortage of homegrown heroes, writes Rita de Brún

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This man learned to bounce away the bulge at a Dublin fitness class

As he piled on the pounds and his loved ones turned into a Greek chorus proclaiming ‘Belly’s going to get you’, Caomhan Keane decided to bounce back against the bulge at a number of Dublin’s rebounding classes.

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Indoor spin class will make you feel like you're cycling around the great outdoors

A fitness club has used a drone to film scenic routes to liven up your spinning classes. And there’s no instructor shouting at you while you cycle, writes Roisin Burke

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Meet two of 2017’s ‘Operation Transformation’ leaders

Two of 2017’s ‘Operation Transformation’ leaders tell Ruth O’Connor their stories and share their hopes for this season’s show

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What happens when your name and identity clash

If Caitlyn Jenner can pick her new name as an adult, why not us ordinary mortals too, asks Nuala Woulfe

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Amy Huberman wants more schools to take part in student theatre awards

Rita de Brún meets the very likable Amy Huberman, who is encouraging schools to get involved in the national student theatre awards

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It's not just for kids - adults are flipping out for gymnastics

Grown ups discover gymnastics isn’t just for children, Nuala Woulfe finds out more

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Why celebs are keeping their smiles tooty cutie and natural

Nuala Woulfe says forget perfect teeth, celebs are keeping it real

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2016 showbiz quotes of the year

“I can’t believe that after all these years Elvis and I are both in the charts — the new, young whippersnappers still have to compete with us” — Cliff Richard

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Looking back at the year that was 2016

The only good thing about 2016 is that it ends tonight, says Suzanne Harrington. She looks back at a year of break ups, celebrity deaths – and Donald Trump.

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Local heroes: How Ireland's Olympic and Paralympic stars celebrated Christmas

All eyes were on Rio last summer when our athletes picked up three medals in the Olympics and 11 in the Paralympics. Marjorie Brennan caught up with some of our biggest success stories over Christmas

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The celebrity style moments of 2016

Rachel Marie Walsh pinpoints the style highlights of 2016, from Michelle Obama in gold Versace to Kate Moss in McQueen

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This much I know: Maggie O’Farrell

I wouldn’t say I always knew I’d be a writer, I have simply always written.

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Keith Barry is spellbinding audiences with Hypnomagick

Ahead of his Cork performance, Keith Barry worked his magic on a very spellbound Ciara McDonnell

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Taxi drivers give us the scoop on New Year's

Taxis can offer passengers a therapeutic journey at this time of year. Rita de Brún spoke to drivers about their New Year experiences.

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How these Irish women became full time digital influencers

The proliferation of social media has led to a wave of digital influencers, whether it be through their blogs, Instagram, or Snapchat. Paula Burns finds out how they work.

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Stray-at-home mums and dads cause devastation

Rita de Brún looks at the devastation caused by the stray-at-home mums and dads who fall for the hired help.

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