Ballinacurra House: The wedding venue that turned away Kim and Kanye

Celebrity guests have been the norm at Ballinacurra House. It’s no wonder it just picked up an award for Best Wedding Venue, writes Ailin Quinlan

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It's my life: Tric Kearney

For a few hours, I become a little unhinged and pack numerous black bags with clothes. I then develop a form of blindness which allows me to ignore them for weeks, writes Tric Kearney

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Dublin Cookie Co is cooking up a business

The Dublin Cookie Co is a mix of old traditions and an entrepreneurial approach, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

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Author describes what it's like when a man becomes a woman

Young adult author Juno Dawson used to be a primary school teacher – and a man. In her new book she traces her journey from James to Juno, writes Suzanne Harrington

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How much should we censor books for kids?

Should we censor our kids’ books – or give them the freedom to read whatever they choose? Andrea Mara turns to the experts

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The New Zealander who became front page news during the War of Independence

New Zealander Hori Morse served as an Auxiliary in Tralee, Co Kerry, during the War of Independence, when the town was international news. In 1921, he began an affair with a married woman and would himself become a front-page story, says Ryle Dwyer

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Making Cents: Older people can save money by changing health insurers

Older people invariably pay more than any other age group for health insurance and older people are more likely to be unaware of corporate plans available, writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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Critically acclaimed comedy 'The Play that Goes Wrong' comes to Dublin

Slapstick comedy and tumbling sets provided the belly laughs in The Play that Goes Wrong, writes Ed Power.

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Is it easier for mums to go out to work or stay at home?

Andrea Mara tries to figure out: which is easier, going out to work or being a stay-at-home mother? Other mothers weigh in

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Cork woman Laura’s inner strength led to appearance on Pantene billboard campaign

Helen O’Callaghan talks to the dancer who’s adorning billboards for a campaign shouting Strong is Beautiful

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Appliance of Science: What is jet lag and can you avoid it when travelling long-distance?

It is the travel season again and many are heading off on holidays. For some, that trip takes them to far flung places and they may experience the downside to travelling across different time zones – the dreaded jet lag. But what exactly is it, can it be avoided or is it destined to knock you off kilter and rob you of a few days of that precious holiday? asks Dr Naomi Lavelle

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Are you a secret sexist? The test every dad should take it seems ...

To mark Father's Day Pat Fitzpatrick tries out dads4daughters – the test every father of daughters needs to take it seems.

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Dear Dad: Irish sons write letters to the 'auld fella' for Father's Day

To mark Father’s Day, Ruth O’Connor asks celebrities to write a letter to their dads. The emotional results reveal the incredible bond between Irish fathers and their sons.

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Céad Míle Fáilte: Meet the people on the front line of our tourism industry

From hoteliers to tour guides, Esther McCarthy meets our tourism workers as they ready themselves for the busiest time of year.

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How will Donald Trump’s children mark Father’s Day?

Suzanne Harrington takes an imaginary look inside the White House. 

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This week’s must do, see & buy

VISIT THIS
We thought the rollercoaster — Ireland’s first — would be the highlight at Tayto Park.

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This much I know: Joe Duffy, broadcaster

Before Liveline goes on air each day I wash my hands, look at myself in the mirror, and say two words: ‘Libel’, and ‘entertainment’.

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Something for the weekend...

1. Show Time
The annual Cork Summer Show takes place this weekend at the showgrounds in Curraheen. 

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From left: Emma Young, Edel Browne, Nicole Turner, and Joanna Stanicka. They are all working hard to succeed in their chosen fields.

Women in charge: The secrets behind their success

From academic prowess to cutting-edge research, Ireland’s young women are an impressive bunch, writes Niamh Hennessy.

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Whisky fan? Training your sense of smell is a crucial skill

Training your sense of smell is a crucial skill for the whisky fan. Bill Linnane sent away for a home kit to educate his nose

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Sniffing out his story: George Dodd and the Aroma Academy

What Dublin born George Dodd knows about the nose is staggering. To celebrate World Smell Day on the 16 June Janice Hopper sniffs out his story

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GAMETECH: Greene is no longer an unknown

FOR Ireland, the biggest surprise of E3 2017 wasn’t a console, or even a game. For many of us, the real shock was that Player Unknown, one of the biggest names in PC gaming in recent months, was actually a man called Brendan Greene — and he was from Ballyshannon.

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Three dads discuss how almost losing a child impacted them as fathers

What if the unthinkable happened? What if you almost lost your child? As Father’s Day approaches, Helen O’Callaghan talks to three dads who experienced just this and ask how the experience impacted on them as fathers

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Making Cents: Never too early to make children savvy savers

Billionaire Warren Buffett believes financial skills should be taught from an early age. Gráinne McGuinness says that given Buffett is one of the world’s most successful investors it is probably worth listening to his advice. 

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Donal Skehan is bringing us some one-pot wonders

Settling into busy Los Angeles has reemphasised for Donal Skehan the value of easy to do, one-pot meals, says Carolyn Moore

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Top Spanish wine-maker Clara Canals bringing her brand to Ireland

One of Spain’s top female wine-makers is leading a promotion for her brand in Ireland, writes Deirdre Reynolds.

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Appliance of Science: Why do we sneeze?

WE SPENT the bank holiday weekend catching up with family which was lovely. Of course, when you put a load of kids together, the questions really ratchet up; we were bombarded with them the entire weekend. My favourite one was…

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How to survive the last two weeks of school term

Are you suffering from ‘End Of School Year Burn-Out’? Fear not. There might be two weeks to go til the end of term – but Lindsay Woods has the ultimate survival guide.

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Something for the weekend...

1. Polo in the Park
A charity polo event in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) takes place today at 3pm at the Phoenix Park Polo Club. 

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

BOOK THIS
The countdown is on. Just six days now to the launch of the Cork Midsummer Festival — and its centrepiece, Corcadorca’s Far Away on Spike Island. 

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This much I know: Barry Douglas, pianist

Growing up I was more on the shy side, but music enabled me to find a great way of self-expression.

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Making a connection: The power of the podcast

Eimear Ryan on the power of the podcast – and the eight you have to hear this summer. 

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Centre stage: Meet Peter Aiken, the man behind Live at the Marquee

Who would have thought that a marquee in Cork could attract the world’s biggest music acts? Peter Aiken reflects on 12 years of Live at the Marquee with Ed Power.

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Model behaviour: Plus-size on the runway can still raise eyebrows

Surprisingly, the appearance of a plus-size model on a fashion catwalk can still raise eyebrows, as Carolyn Moore.

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How to talk to children about terrorism

Fear and confusion are a natural response to terrorism and Jen Hogan hears what we as parents can do to help our children process feelings and cope in the aftermath

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11 things I never knew about flying ... until I became a flight attendant

A secret code language, the power to upgrade seats, off-the-menu dining... being a flight attendant is more interesting than you’d think, reveals Brandon Presser

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