Do these boozy treats put you over the drink-driving limit?

Do these boozy treats put you over the drink-driving limit?

Ever wondered if liqueurs or drink-laced Christmas puddings might put you over the drink-driving limit? Pat Fitzpatrick picks up a breathalyser and puts six sweet ...

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Learner Dad: I think we impose Christmas on our kids

Learner Dad: I think we impose Christmas on our kids

Sometimes I think we impose Christmas on our kids. A couple of weeks back, my wife and I were all about The Late Late Toy Show and going to see Jack and The Beanstalk ...

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Gift stressbuster: We sort out who gets what and why

Gift stressbuster: We sort out who gets what and why

Don’t let present stress ruin your run-up to Christmas. Pat Fitzpatrick has done all the hard work with this tongue-in-cheek gift guide for every budget, so ...

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Read all about it: One man, one week, five celebrity memoirs

Read all about it: One man, one week, five celebrity memoirs

Celebs just can’t stop writing about themselves. So we set Pat Fitzpatrick a challenge: one man, one week, five celebrity memoirs. Just how much fame and fortune ...

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Learner Dad: They want a fresh stash of plastic toys in the front room on Christmas morning

Learner Dad: They want a fresh stash of plastic toys in the front room on Christmas morning

Our kids are refusing to ask Santa for a Nintendo Switch. We’ve made it clear he’d be open to bringing one, but no, they want a fresh stash of plastic ...

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Office politics: Your survival guide for the annual Christmas party

Office politics: Your survival guide for the annual Christmas party

The annual office party is where many a career has gone to die. Pat Fitzpatrick looks at what can you do to limit the potential damage.

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Reeling in the decades: A look back at the first two decades of the century so far

Reeling in the decades: A look back at the first two decades of the century so far

As we prepare to enter the 2020s, Pat Fitzpatrick takes a look back at the first two decades of the century so far.

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Learner Dad: 'I’m afraid of being in a shop with my kids'

Learner Dad: 'I’m afraid of being in a shop with my kids'

WE went shoe shopping for the kids at the weekend. To be honest, I couldn’t see anything wrong with the old shoes.

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Remember Y2K? Pat Fitzpatrick remembers when we all thought planes would fall out of the sky

Remember Y2K? Pat Fitzpatrick remembers when we all thought planes would fall out of the sky

January 1st 2000 would remind you of the old Ernie and Bert gag.

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Learner Dad: I do this advance holiday planning every year as part of my annual campaign against seasonal affective disorder

Learner Dad: I do this advance holiday planning every year as part of my annual campaign against seasonal affective disorder

I know parents are supposed to look forward to Christmas, but let’s face it, the most wonderful time of the year is that fortnight in the sun when you can ...

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Made in Munster: Up close and very personal with the Limerick legend of Mixed Martial Arts

Made in Munster: Up close and very personal with the Limerick legend of Mixed Martial Arts

Catherine Costigan isn't joking when she says she's "not a very good thrash-talker". Instead, she's a very smart spokesperson for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

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All together now: Why exercising as a family is key to health and wellbeing

All together now: Why exercising as a family is key to health and wellbeing

It is important for parents to engage in enjoyable exercise routines with their children, writes Pat Fitzpatrick.

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Saturday morning breakfast with Mary Wilson

Saturday morning breakfast with Mary Wilson

Five afternoons a week, she dominates the airwaves with Drivetime. Yet we know very little about broadcaster Mary Wilson. Pat Fitzpatrick visits her at her home ...

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Learner Dad: 'I like to see myself as relaxed but I’m obviously bottling up a fair few anxieties'

Learner Dad: 'I like to see myself as relaxed but I’m obviously bottling up a fair few anxieties'

I had to turn off Dublin Murders with 15 minutes to go. We were watching the first episode because I had to review it the following day for the Today Show on RTÉ. ...

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Made in Munster: Dáithí Ó Sé on his journey from circus star to media ringmaster

Made in Munster: Dáithí Ó Sé on his journey from circus star to media ringmaster

RTÉ TV presenter Dáithí Ó Sé develops his own style of parenting from hs past experiences as a ringmaster in Duffy’s Circus ...

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Made in Munster: ‘I was down to a euro’ - Watch The Young Offenders actors tell of struggle to make it in actingThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Made in Munster: ‘I was down to a euro’ - Watch The Young Offenders actors tell of struggle to make it in acting

Friends and Young Offenders actors Shane Casey and Dominic MacHale speak to Pat Fitzpatrick about struggling to make it but why they are not seeking out fame.

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Injection of reason: The science behind vaccinations

Injection of reason: The science behind vaccinations

Pat Fitzpatrick talks to author and maths expert Kit Yates, who makes a fact-based argument for vaccine programmes, including the HPV jab

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Learner dad: 'There is nothing wrong with a touch of guilt to spice up sexy time'

Learner dad: 'There is nothing wrong with a touch of guilt to spice up sexy time'

Our seven-year-old has a crush on a new guy every week. When we told her she’s too young for that carry on, she replied, “I know, but there are so many ...

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Learner Dad: 'Moms still rule when it comes to things like bog-roll, jam and howling gales '

Learner Dad: 'Moms still rule when it comes to things like bog-roll, jam and howling gales '

DO YOU keep your jam in the fridge? This is important stuff. When I found out my wife’s family kept their jam in the fridge, I lost all respect for them.

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Anna Geary is taking it all in her stride ahead of her wedding

Anna Geary is taking it all in her stride ahead of her wedding

With her wedding and a house move just around the corner, not to mention the return of Ireland’s Fittest Family, Pat Fitzpatrick would have understood if he ...

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Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.

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'Always keeping an eye on your kids to see any sign of one turning into an axe-murderer'

'Always keeping an eye on your kids to see any sign of one turning into an axe-murderer'

My five-year-old bumped into his best friend on the way into school yesterday morning.

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A tale of two cities: Why Cork is better than Dublin

A tale of two cities: Why Cork is better than Dublin

Pat Fitzpatrick is unashamedly proud of his birthplace, so much so he’s written a new book: 101 Reasons Why Cork Is Better Than Dublin

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Learner Dad: Let’s get them up and harass them out the door, sure what could possibly go wrong?

Learner Dad: Let’s get them up and harass them out the door, sure what could possibly go wrong?

"Cop yeerselves on — I told ye weren’t getting one,” shouted the woman in front of me at her two small kids earlier, on Parliament Bridge in Cork. ...

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'Love ye loads': One Dad's letter to his kids ... on the challenges of parenting

'Love ye loads': One Dad's letter to his kids ... on the challenges of parenting

Pat Fitzpatrick writes a letter to his kids about his parenting.

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Learner Dad: 'We had this weird notion that if our kids saw us drinking, they’d become alcoholics by the age of seven'

Learner Dad: 'We had this weird notion that if our kids saw us drinking, they’d become alcoholics by the age of seven'

MY Inner puritan didn’t like one of the playgrounds at the new Center Parcs in Longford. (Just so you know, ourselves and the kids got a two-night stay for ...

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Learner Dad: We had this notion that if our kids saw us drinking, they’d become alcoholics by the age of 7

Learner Dad: We had this notion that if our kids saw us drinking, they’d become alcoholics by the age of 7

My inner puritan didn’t like one of the playgrounds at the new Center Parcs in Longford. (Just so you know, ourselves and the kids got a two-night stay for ...

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Learner Dad: Asking a child to help you find something is an instant nervous breakdown

Learner Dad: Asking a child to help you find something is an instant nervous breakdown

Every parent has their own worries. Stranger danger, the internet, child-minding costs, the fear that one of them will wake early when you have a hangover.

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A new frontier: Kathryn Thomas takes Pure Results bootcamp to Spain

A new frontier: Kathryn Thomas takes Pure Results bootcamp to Spain

A wedding later this month, a 15-month-old baby, plus radio and TV gigs — you’d think Kathryn Thomas has enough on her plate right now. But no, she’s ...

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The trouble with TripAdvisor: How much can we trust the travel website?

The trouble with TripAdvisor: How much can we trust the travel website?

Just how much should we trust TripAdvisor? Pat Fitzpatrick puts the website to the test on holiday — but also in his native Cork.

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Learner Dad: I hate the way my kids shrug off a bug

Learner Dad: I hate the way my kids shrug off a bug

I hate the way my kids shrug off a bug, as if they aren’t related to me at all.

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Learner Dad: 'It can be heartbreaking watching your kids try make friends on holiday'

Learner Dad: 'It can be heartbreaking watching your kids try make friends on holiday'

“Does anyone want to be my friend?” roared my five year old as he walked into the playground at our French campsite on holidays.

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Learner dad: To be honest, I throw away a few bits of cheap plastic every morning to calm myself down

Learner dad: To be honest, I throw away a few bits of cheap plastic every morning to calm myself down

DEAR kids, I presume you never read these articles. If for some reason you’re reading this one, stop now and find something else to do, like cleaning up the ...

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Pushing the boat out for Whiddy Island’s future

Pushing the boat out for Whiddy Island’s future

Meet Tim O’Leary from Whiddy Island: He’s the local ferryman, postman, farmer and publican.

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School run: It’s good to be outside with the kids for a few minutes every day

School run: It’s good to be outside with the kids for a few minutes every day

We're falling over the line into summer holidays in our place.

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Jenny Greene on her return Leeside and settling back into her 2FM presenter's seatThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Jenny Greene on her return Leeside and settling back into her 2FM presenter's seat

As she returns to Cork with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Jenny Greene talks candidly about settling back in the presenter’s seat on 2FM after her controversial ...

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Meet the five Boho types you'll meet at festivals this summer

Meet the five Boho types you'll meet at festivals this summer

With large crowds about to descend on Body & Soul, which is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend, Pat Fitzpatrick introduces five Boho types who come ...

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Learner Dad: 'It’s not unusual for someone to go home in a different pants to the one they arrived in'

Learner Dad: 'It’s not unusual for someone to go home in a different pants to the one they arrived in'

WHAT did people do before play-dates? From what I can remember, this is how it played out in our house.

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14 years after his dad died, Pat Fitzpatrick realises he's become just like him

14 years after his dad died, Pat Fitzpatrick realises he's become just like him

He sits like his dad, uses his sayings, even crosses his hands the way he used to. After years of rebelling against his father, Pat Fitzpatrick realises he’s ...

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Whispers, whiskers & whiskey: Beards are over and it’s time to grow a moustache

Whispers, whiskers & whiskey: Beards are over and it’s time to grow a moustache

Listen up guys, the word on the street is that beards are over and it’s time to grow a moustache. Pat Fitzpatrick asks the expert

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There’s something so satisfying about shouting ‘Maaa-né boy’ in a Cork accent

There’s something so satisfying about shouting ‘Maaa-né boy’ in a Cork accent

Easter Sunday, upstairs in Cashman’s Bar, Academy Street, Cork. Liverpool are one up against Cardiff and on their way back to the top of the Premier League.

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The big picture: Ruby Wax back on the road

The big picture: Ruby Wax back on the road

Ruby Wax is back on the road – and her live show sees her share the stage with a monk and a neuroscientist. Intrigued? So was Pat Fitzpatrick...

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Dad's the word: We are Grand Masters of Empty Threats in our place

Dad's the word: We are Grand Masters of Empty Threats in our place

I threw a toy jeep into the general waste bin, where there was no chance of retrieval. And then the guilt hit. What kind of monster would do this to his own child? ...

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Travel smart: How tech can improve solo travelThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Travel smart: How tech can improve solo travel

Pat Fitzpatrick spends a couple of days in Mallorca, to see if the latest Google technology can convert him to the joys of travelling with tech.

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