The secrets we keep: Mary Beth Keane on her latest novel, 'Ask Again, Yes'

The secrets we keep: Mary Beth Keane on her latest novel, 'Ask Again, Yes'

The latest novel by Irish-American author Mary Beth Keane, exploring what happens behind the closed doors of two NYPD families, has catapulted her into the cultural ...

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Down on the farm, en famille: Five Corkonians, five French farms, five days.

Down on the farm, en famille: Five Corkonians, five French farms, five days.

Five Corkonians, five French farms, five days. What could possibly go wrong, wonders Esther N McCarthy

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Wish List: From pots, perfume and jewellery collections

Wish List: From pots, perfume and jewellery collections

As a part of Scéal: A story of Irish Design, Kilkenny welcomes recent jewellery design graduates from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Jewellery ...

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Deirdre O'Kane's on her new Sky TV show

Deirdre O'Kane's on her new Sky TV show

Following a lengthy break from stand-up, Deirdre O’Kane has been tickling the nation’s funny bone again, and falling back in love with making us laugh.

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Stepping up to the plate: Marco Pierre White on his love of Irish food

Stepping up to the plate: Marco Pierre White on his love of Irish food

As Marco Pierre White returns to our screens in The Restaurant, he chats to Esther McCarthy about fame, loss, mistakes – and his love of Irish food

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Cork comedienne makes big-screen debutThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Cork comedienne makes big-screen debut

Maeve Higgins may be involved in pro-immigrant campaigns in the US, but she also produces plenty laughs in her spooky bigscreen debut, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Tie-dye wallpapers and love-bird cushions: It's your interiors wish list

Tie-dye wallpapers and love-bird cushions: It's your interiors wish list

Tie-dye making an appearance on wallpapers, love-bird cushions and the mackerel collection of ceramics have caught the eye of Esther N McCarthy this week

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Wish List: Celebrating the creative brilliance of Cork Craft Month

Wish List: Celebrating the creative brilliance of Cork Craft Month

Esther N McCarthy highlights the best of the Rebel County’s creative brilliance as Cork Craft Month draws to a close, after a hugely successful tenth year.

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Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

Esther N McCarthy has her eye (and ear) on party speakers for your BBQ, spots a rug that’s out of this world, and revels in all that’s on offer for Heritage ...

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Animal magnetism: Celebrities and their treasured pets

Animal magnetism: Celebrities and their treasured pets

It’s confirmed, being a dog owner is good for you. Esther McCarthy spoke to four celebrities about pride in their pooches.

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Victoria’s Secret: Why Ms Smurfit decided to leave America

Victoria’s Secret: Why Ms Smurfit decided to leave America

The Dublin actress has relocated to London with her family, including daughter Evie, who has Stargardt Disease. After eight years in Hollywood, it was time, she ...

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Wish List: Fringe benefits and art with a purpose

Wish List: Fringe benefits and art with a purpose

Esther N McCarthy sees the fringe benefits of cool cushions, art with a purpose and a little something for all the bird lovers out there.

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Hayfever symptoms: Not to be sneezed at

Hayfever symptoms: Not to be sneezed at

When her 10-year-old son gets hayfever symptoms for the first time this summer, Esther N McCarthy, leaps into mammy mode to try to cure him. They trial homoeopathic ...

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Irish-made comedy drama depicts the modern womanThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Irish-made comedy drama depicts the modern woman

Irish-made comedy drama Animals will draw obvious comparisons to shows such as Fleabag, writes Esther McCarthy When Tyler finds flatmate and fellow party animal ...

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The shape I'm in: Gavin O’Connor

The shape I'm in: Gavin O’Connor

WITH roles in prolific TV dramas like Taken Down and Charlie, Cork actor Gavin O’Connor is having a successful career. However he also has a passion for writing, ...

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Wish List: This week's top buys for your home

Wish List: This week's top buys for your home

From pastel shades to lippy shades, colourful bowls to glorious garlands and eco-friendly candles, Esther N McCarthy delivers an interesting array for you to choose ...

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The Shape I'm In: Getting in gear with Seán Kelly

The Shape I'm In: Getting in gear with Seán Kelly

He's one of the most successful cyclists of the 1980s and is regarded as one of the greatest classics riders.

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Wish List: From funky prints to ultra cool furniture, Esther N McCarthy has all the inspiring ideas

Wish List: From funky prints to ultra cool furniture, Esther N McCarthy has all the inspiring ideas

From funky prints and ultra cool furniture design, to a sun-kissed snuggle chair, Esther N McCarthy has a heap of inspiring ideas for you this week.

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Ireland's welcoming committee: From Game of Thrones' tour guides to the Guinness brewery

Ireland's welcoming committee: From Game of Thrones' tour guides to the Guinness brewery

Esther McCarthy meets the people whose job it is to give tourists that special Irish welcome.

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Extra Ordinary talent at Galway Film Fleadh: A list of highlights

Extra Ordinary talent at Galway Film Fleadh: A list of highlights

The annual showcase event for Irish cinema again offered some real gems, writes

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This week's interiors must-haves: Trippy cushions, retro kettles and sunshine clocks

This week's interiors must-haves: Trippy cushions, retro kettles and sunshine clocks

Esther N McCarthy picks trippy cushions, retro kettles and sunshiny clocks this week.

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Tom Dunne on life after heart surgery

Tom Dunne on life after heart surgery

As Something Happens return to the stage this summer, Tom Dunne talks to Esther McCarthy and reflects on a difficult year, as he recovered from life-saving heart ...

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Unseen footage delivers reel deal of WW2, trauma and the human experienceThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Unseen footage delivers reel deal of WW2, trauma and the human experience

Unseen colour footage and the testimonies of surviving WW2 veterans result in an immersive film about war, trauma and the human experience, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Wishlist: Ceramics, cushions and canvas

Wishlist: Ceramics, cushions and canvas

From ceramics to cushions to candle holders and cattle captured on canvas, Esther N McCarthy has the low-down.

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Wish List: Your top buys for indoors and outdoors this week

Wish List: Your top buys for indoors and outdoors this week

Whether it’s indoor or outdoor items you’re crushing on, Esther N McCarthy offers some intriguing items to choose from this week.

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George Ezra fizzes with fun as pop's Mr Nice Guy brings his uplifting lyrics to CorkThis story is enriched with multi-media content

George Ezra fizzes with fun as pop's Mr Nice Guy brings his uplifting lyrics to Cork

"I'm about to play my biggest shows to date in Ireland. The last time I played there I left the stage with a spring in my step and a tear in my eye. Outrageous atmos ...

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Wish List: All the trending designs you need to know about

Wish List: All the trending designs you need to know about

From chairs and stools to floral-print linens and beech chessboards, Esther N McCarthy takes a look at some of the best designs in stores and online.

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Kathryn Thomas: ‘I try to make changes — no more baby wipes!’

Kathryn Thomas: ‘I try to make changes — no more baby wipes!’

“I was always aware of the environment and our role in protecting it, but I definitely became more conscious of it when I was working on No Frontiers.

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Why Ray D’Arcy is taking his show on the road

Why Ray D’Arcy is taking his show on the road

Ray D’Arcy can’t do without his morning jog – and now he’s on a mission to get his listeners running too. ‘Run With Ray’ comes ...

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Matt Bomer teams up with Irish director for new film This story is enriched with multi-media content

Matt Bomer teams up with Irish director for new film

Matt Bomer was happy to team up with an Irish director for his tale of friendship in Los Angeles, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Freewheeling: E-bikes give Esther N McCarthy a brand new superpower

Freewheeling: E-bikes give Esther N McCarthy a brand new superpower

Though sceptical at first, Esther N McCarthy’s conversion to E-bikes has given her a brand new superpower

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Tea for two: Pauline McLynn returns to CorkThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Tea for two: Pauline McLynn returns to Cork

It comes as a joy - and even a little bit of a relief - when Pauline McLynn sits down for our interview and orders a proper pot of Irish breakfast tea.

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Wish List: Sustainability Month special - How going green can still be stylish

Wish List: Sustainability Month special - How going green can still be stylish

From taking care of our bee population to clothing with a conscience and recycled storage options, going green can still be stylish, says Esther N McCarthy

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All that Glitters: The metallic trend that's here to stay this summer

All that Glitters: The metallic trend that's here to stay this summer

The metallic trend looks here to stay- for summer at any rate. From safe knits to fabulous fringes, there's a whole range of glitz and designs to get a shimmer of ...

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Wish List: This week's top buys for your home

Wish List: This week's top buys for your home

Esther N McCarthy sorts out your shelves and shells as part of this week’s picks.

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Wish List: Hot new looks for your living room, bedroom, bathroom, garden, and even your handbag

Wish List: Hot new looks for your living room, bedroom, bathroom, garden, and even your handbag

As temperatures rise, Esther N McCarthy suggests a whole lot of ways you can turn up the heat to add warm tones and of course the hottest new looks to your living ...

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Here comes summer: Spruce up your garden with our sunny season wish list

Here comes summer: Spruce up your garden with our sunny season wish list

You can perch on a leopard-print barstool this summer while you indulge in food from George Foreman’s new grill or from Aldi’s big-selling pizza oven, ...

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Wish List: How to bring design and colour into your home

Wish List: How to bring design and colour into your home

It's the perfect time of year to experiment with some artistic design and colour, writes Esther N McCarthy

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Light and shade at Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Paris launch

Light and shade at Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Paris launch

At today’s launch of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, filing into the Paris Convention Centre with 2,000 other journalists, I feel like Jen Barber in the IT crowd. ...

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Wish List: Eight great Irish buys for your home

Wish List: Eight great Irish buys for your home

Esther N McCarthy has a distinctively Buy Irish theme in her picks this week.

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The mother of all gifts: Here are some ideas for how to treat your mum this Mother's Day

The mother of all gifts: Here are some ideas for how to treat your mum this Mother's Day

Esther N McCarthy offers some ideas for Mother’s Day treats, from luxury skincare products to vintage Champagne.

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Wish List: Here are out Mother's Day gift ideas

Wish List: Here are out Mother's Day gift ideas

Esther N McCarthy picks some ideas for Mother’s Day gifts this week, from a colourful kettle to a thin white duke inspired placemat.

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Wish List: Stunning showers, scents and sea sponges

Wish List: Stunning showers, scents and sea sponges

Esther N McCarthy takes her pick from showers, scents and sea sponges this week.

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The ideal destination for a (golden) girls weekend away in Kerry

The ideal destination for a (golden) girls weekend away in Kerry

Esther N McCarthy discovers a chic and charming Killarney hotel, with cool cocktails thrown in for good measure.

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Not about the looks as Bell X1 rock Cork

Not about the looks as Bell X1 rock Cork

Esther N McCarthy Live music

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Wish List: Lifting the home with bright spring colours

Wish List: Lifting the home with bright spring colours

With spring in the air it could be the right time to give your home a lift with these bright ideas, writes Esther N McCarthy.

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Wish List: Staying on trend from coral clocks to tropical tumblers

Wish List: Staying on trend from coral clocks to tropical tumblers

From coral clocks to tropical tumblers, Esther McCarthy helps you stay on trend.

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Wish List:  Elegant Irish designs and seeing off that dull January

Wish List: Elegant Irish designs and seeing off that dull January

After prepping for a possible cold snap, Esther McCarthy will be admiring some elegant Irish designs and seeing off that dull January with a truly fabulous coffee.

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Wish List: Some delightfully eclectic products we need in our lives

Wish List: Some delightfully eclectic products we need in our lives

From scented-candle delights to stylish corner couches and dinosaur lunch boxes, Esther N McCarthy peruses an eclectic range of products.

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Musical theatre review: Les Miserables

Musical theatre review: Les Miserables

When it first opened to mixed reviews at London’s Barbican Theatre in 1985, few could have anticipated how Les Misérables would become one of the world’s ...

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