This much I know: Alan Howley, actor

I was a very mouthy kid, the youngest of five and very precocious.

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When Benji Bennett lost his four-year-old to a brain tumour he turned to writing children’s books - the Adam’s Cloud series - to keep his memory alive.

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Mark Hayes: ’Just jump out and hit the ground at 10mph’

So there I was, Sunday night, somewhere in the Hollywood Hills, about three in the morn, drunk as a skunk, debating whether or not to jump out of this moving car.

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Irish fighter pilot Brendan Finucaneleaves Buckingham Palace with a lady after receiving a bar to his DSO in November 1941.

In service to their country: Moving tales of Irishmen who fought in WWII

The stories of Irishmen who served in WWII are deeply moving says Geoffrey Roberts

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Taking the first steps on Autumn leaves

Even though the last few months hardly felt like a summer, it’s time to start thinking of autumn style. Paula Burns says the way to stay on trend is to go back to the future with 1970s-inspired boots, suedes and fringes.

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When the game is controlling you

Video games have long attracted both devotion and scorn. A new book explores this parallel universe many can’t resist, writes Noel Baker.

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What can you do to reverse the effects of sitting down all day?

As experts warn that sitting is the new smoking, sedentary worker, Michelle Murphy looks at what she can do to reverse the health decline that sitting all day triggers.

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Nailing the school run look

If you thought that the school run is all hastily pulled together ponytails, jeans and runners, think again. Regular mums are getting up half an hour before their kids to make sure they turn heads, writes Paula Burns.

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Windows 10: When an upgrade costs you a laptop

Conor Power couldn’t wait to start using the much vaunted Windows 10. But nearing the end of the upgrade, his screen went dark and his laptop hasn’t worked since.

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POLL: Should college students work part time?

Do you think that college students should work part time or do you think they should focus on their studies? Let us know in our poll.

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Jessica flying the flag for her country at Cork Airport. Picture: Des Barry

A year of 'online bitchiness' comes to an end for Miss Ireland

Miss Ireland tells Marjorie Brennan that she experienced more bitchiness online than at Miss World

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My life as a GAA widow

Michelle Murphy laments her life with a GAA obsessed / addicted boyfriend

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Why Red Rock’s Jane McGrath is one to watch

It’s no surprise that Red Rock is returning for a second season, says Jonathan de Burca Butler – more a drama than a soap, there’s gritty reality, strong script-writing and fine acting talent from the likes of Jane McGrath.

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Tips on what to do when you meet a celebrity

Ahead of his new column in Weekend, Mark Hayes, the Corkman-turned-LA- local who hangs out with Robbie Williams, puts together a handy how-to guide on what to do when you meet a celebrity.

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This much I know: Andrew Stanley, comedian

You can’t beat a round of applause.I don’t know if it’s the approval that I love when I’m doing stand-up.

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Life outside politics with Lucinda Creighton

It can’t be easy juggling a one year old and a new political party. From motherhood to gym classes, renting to creche fees, Lucinda Creighton tells all to John Meagher.

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It’s time to stop telling women their voices are less worthy of being heard

It’s okay for a boy to obsess over the Premiership. But the same rules don’t apply to teen girls, says Young Adult Writer of the Year Louise O’Neill

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THE LONG READ: The environmental disaster in your wardrobe

Adam Matthews reports from "Knit City", the garment industry hub in India that generates billions in revenue but has also saturdated rivers with chemicals.

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