Friendship is taken as read when you're part of a book club

Book clubs can inspire busy adults to rediscover a love of reading, but they are also places to meet, gossip, socialise and drink tea and coffee, says Paula Burns

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Scoring a goal for the homeless

Mark had been in care since infancy, but representing Ireland in the Homeless World Cup has helped him find a sense of self-worth, writes Shamim Malekmian.

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How slowing down your travel can enhance your holiday

Alissa MacMillan reports on how slowing down and mixing up travel modes can transform your holiday

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This is what it's like to search for a home in Dublin

Leah Driscoll is willing to pay a lot of money to live somewhere half decent. That’s proving too much of an ask for our nation’s capital

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Appliance of Science: How and why do we get freckles?

This question was sent in by seven year old Daniel; he would like to know… how and why do we get freckles?

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Online Lives: Meet blogger Amanda Horan

This week Denise O’Donoghue speaks to Amanda Horan, who turned to blogging after she was diagnosed with a life-changing disability

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The greatest journey: Voyager's mission is coming to an end

Forty years after the launch of the Voyager probes, their mission is winding down - and with it, the careers of the aging engineers who steer them across the universe, writes Kim Tingley

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Me and my mentor: Celebs on the importance of role models

PJ Gallagher may not be where he is today if it wasn’t for his role model, fellow stand-up Jason Byrne, writes Áilin Quinlan

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Social Ability Kilkenny: Focusing on abilities rather than disabilities

Paul Crilly, 36, from Kilkenny City, was born with a mild intellectual disability. He recently established Social Ability Kilkenny, which is designed to bring people with and without disabilities together on a social level and to raise awareness of some of the issues. He explains why to Conor Kane

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Summer solutions to survive the school holidays on a budget

Ruth O’Connor asks three of Ireland’s creative mums how they survive the holidays without breaking the bank

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Can experiencing awe really make us better people?

Feeling awe can lead to many other feelings, including a greater sense of activity. But with so much technology in the palm of our hand, what still astounds? asks Carl Dixon

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How the Rose of Tralee captured public imagination from the start

Ryle Dwyer looks back at the origins of the Rose of Tralee festival and how it captured the public imagination right from the beginning

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Rose of Tralee is many a splendored thing

Bill Linnane hails the wonders and the blunders of the inimitable Kerry show

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Making Cents: Smart planning will help with college cash flow

Students should take their finances in hand from the start, writes Gráinne McGuinness

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This new app will be a lifesaver for hayfever sufferers

This time of year doesn’t have to be a nightmare for hay fever sufferers. There are apps and products not to be sneezed at, writes Carolyn Moore

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Planning a wedding abroad is not the hassle you think it is

Deciding to get married abroad need not be the hassle many imagine. Paula Burns tells how she planned her upcoming wedding in Spain

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Be aware of your dogs dental health

You don’t have to brush a dog’s teeth every day, but you should be aware of their dental health writes Niamh Hennessy

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Online Lives: Meet food blogger Katia Valadeau

Katia Valadeau balances out the stresses of work with her passion for food on her blog, properfood.ie.

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Life/Style Likes: What we're loving this week

From brows to boots, Esther N McCarthy shares some of her favourite things this week

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The women who prove there is no gender bar to being funny

The traditional view of comedy as a male-dominated profession is changing because a host of female stand-up artists are showing that there is no gender bar to being funny, writes Esther McCarthy.

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The good, the bad and the smelly: Top tips for toilet training

Toilet training can be a stressful time for parents and children alike, with plenty of accidents along the way. Andrea Mara hears about the good, the bad, and the smelly.

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Celebrity children on a road to failure

The critical reaction to Brooklyn Beckham’s book of photography shows that while being a child of celebrity parents can open doors, it can also lead to unrealistic expectations, says Carolyn Moore.

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Drawing on a whole new level of pro-ductivity

He isn’t about to throw away his laptop just yet, but Noel Campion says the new iPad Pro has put the personal back into his computing – not to mention the artistry of a €6 app...

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How to dress like Olivia Palermo on holiday with just carry-on baggage

You don’t need to pack an overflowing bag that pushes Ryanair’s limits to dress like Olivia Palermo and her hubby. Here are some of Carolyn Moore’s top tips.

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Shamanism: We tried a session with Irish practioners of the ancient practice

As shamanism grows in popularity, Rita de Brún tries a session with Irish practioners of the ancient practice

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Making Cents: New An Post offer very tempting for account switchers

An Post’s version of a current account, the Smart Account, is proving popular since its launch in June, writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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No laughing matter: How stand-up comedy isn't as easy as it seems

Stand-up seemed a great way to spend an evening but it wasn’t quite as easy as Roisin Burke thought it was going to be

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The rock star is dead - but the idea of one lives on

Multiple formats of 24/7 digital access have killed off the magic of mystique that our musical stars once had, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Online Lives: Michelle Daly - 'Giving substance to my blog is what I’m proud of'

Michelle Daly, 21, from Dublin hopes her online presence can have a positive effect on the lives of those who read her blog, www.michellealice.com.

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Appliance of Science: Why do we feel cold when we have a fever?

This question was sent in by a reader from Dublin. We all know what, it’s like, the thermometer says our temperature is up but all we want to do is wrap ourselves in blankets and sit near a warm fire. So why is that? 

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Star Wars at 40: How Kerry became the centre of a galaxy far, far away

In 1977 we were introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for the first time. To mark 40 years of Star Wars, Greg Murphy took a trip to Skellig Michael (aka the planet Ahch-To), set to take centre stage again.

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Style inspiration: One creation, six models

Designer Helen Steele turned to some of Ireland’s best known faces for a project which saw stylists step aside to let some of the country’s most in-demand models put their spin on the designer’s classic mac, writes Carolyn Moore.

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Something for the weekend

Capital Idea: The Dublin Horse Show takes place in the RDS from Wednesday with national and international showjumping competitions and world-class equestrian entertainment, food, music and daily entertainment for both young and old.

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

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The world’s oldest intact working lighthouse, Hook Lighthouse is offering sunset tours.

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This much I know: Fiachna Ó Braonáin

Guitar and vocals with The Hothouse Flowers and broadcaster, writes Hilary Fennel.

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Movie producer who was baffled by The Lego Movie writers and directors

In 2013, a movie producer named Tripp Vinson was thumbing through Variety when he stumbled upon a confounding item: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, a pair of writers and directors, were working on something called The Lego Movie.

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Have a family day out at one of Ireland’s 25 heritage sites that are free for U12s

Children under the age of 12 are being given the opportunity to visit all the paid entry OPW heritage sites for free this summer as part of an initiative to encourage families to explore our heritage, writes Olivia Kelleher

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