'Don't worry,' wheezed a kind lady from within her smoke cloud. 'It's not bothering us at all'

“HOW about going to the beach tomorrow,” my friend said.

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Daddy’s got the baby blues: A look at Paternal Postnatal Depression

While Paternal Postnatal Depression may not be widely known, it can affect many new dads, including Geraldine Walsh’s husband

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Ask Audrey: Cillian Murphy is a bit of a langer for moving back to Dublin instead of Cork

Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for ages

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Cannabis – a growing industry in Canada?

With the recreational use of marijuana set to come into effect in Canada later this year, small towns like Smiths Falls are taking advantage, writes Conor Power

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‘Love is fine, but divorce is how I make a living’

rina Aleksander meets a high-flying Manhattan divorce lawyer, who, despite spending his days dissolving marriages, still believes in love.

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Writing with kids – easy as ABC?

While it’s widely accepted that kids and writing don’t mix, Andrea Mara and other juggling authors discover their offspring can offer inspiration.

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Poet Paul Muldoon’s intimate work, ‘Incantata’, is being re-imagined for the theatre at Galway Arts Festival

Poet Paul Muldoon’s intensely intimate work, ‘Incantata’, is being re-imagined for the theatre and will premiere at the Galway Arts Festival, writes ...

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Life as an animated heroine: 'Leave saving the world up to the men? I don't think so'

Pixar’s long-awaited sequel will reintroduce audiences to the Parr family, who, in line with the original animation — which has grossed $633m since 2004 ...

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How swimming can keep your head above water

For writer Alexandra Heminsley, the water is kind, an emotional support says Richard Fitzpatrick.

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LOOK: Scottish artist Mach is back making art of the news

The Scottish installation artist is again working with newspaper — 18 tonnes of it — for his return to the Galway Arts Festival, says Richard Fitzpatrick. ...

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Turning the tide on plastic

A new initiative is committed to clearing our waters of plastic pollution. Ciara McDonnell finds out more about how we can clean up our act.

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Making cents: Leave some devices at home when on holiday

If you have a holiday coming up, you may have great plans to chuck all devices out the window and have a relaxing internet-free break.

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My womb is none of your business

When and if people decide to have children is nobody’s business, except their own, says Geraldine Walsh.

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Promoting curiosity in children may be an the way to address the achievement gap

It’s good to be curious, according to scientists. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that children with higher levels of curiosity do better at ...

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Online Lives: Meet travel blogger Tara Povey

New Zealand-born Tara Povey runs her blog, writes Denise O'Donoghue.

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This much I know: James Patrice - TV presenter and Snapchat star

Hilary Fennell meets TV presenter and Snapchat star James Patrice.

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Lindsay Woods: I have an unrivalled aversion to Insta-worthy quotes

A quote doing the rounds on Instagram: “We get 18 delicious summers with our children. This is one of your 18. If that’s not perspective, I don’t ...

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Madonna at 60: Fighting against society’s bid to define her by gender, sexuality and culture

Madonna has fought her whole life against society’s bid to define her by gender, sexuality, age, and culture. At age 60 she continues to lay out the parameters ...

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Hope and healing: The poignant story of girls who were sent to Australia in 1848

Skibbereen Girls explores the poignant story of girls who were sent to Australia in 1848. Skibbereen Workhouse offered the most of anywhere outside Dublin. Each ...

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Darina Allen's appetite for life is still growing as she hits 70

On the occasion of her 70th birthday this month, Joe McNamee talks to Darina Allen about her life in food, a journey that has grown increasingly radical with each ...

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How a west Cork farm became a life-sized piece of art

Artist John Kelly and his wife Christina have turned their part of West Cork into a life-sized piece of art, says Marjorie Brennan.

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Writer Allan Jenkins reaps the benefits of being an early riser

Food writer and editor, Allan Jenkins, extols the benefits of being an early riser and says that 4am starts should be treasured rather than dreaded, he spoke to ...

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Ask Audrey: Hola girl, I do be a Spanish student learning English on the northside

Hola girl. I do be a Spanish student learning how to speak English in the northside of Cork, do you know that kind of a way? My friends told me it do be Baa-ltic ...

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A slippery superstition: Investigating the stigma of Friday the 13th

Why are we so superstitious about Friday the 13th? Robert Hume investigates

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With England in mind here's some top tips for coping with disappointment

As England fail to make it to the World Cup final, we ask the professionals how to deal with set-backs.

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Meet the endurance junkies who thrive on taking it up a notch

It’s one thing to be fit and active — but some people take it to extremes. Karen Murray speaks to two adventure fanatics who thrive on taking it up a ...

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Learning Points: Parents need to wake up to gaming addiction

Face our own self-deception as parents before we can help children says Richard Hogan.

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Does a new mum sometimes need to be spoon-fed advice?

The volume of often contradictory information on parenting, particularly about diet and weaning, can be confusing, so Frances Gleeson asked the experts for clarity. ...

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To Mongolia and back, in a 1998 Suzuki ‘jeep’

Doc Martin has enlisted his father, Con, as co-driver for a 20,000-mile round trip from Cork, across deserts and mountains, in an ageing 4X4. He tells John Daly ...

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Hats off to art of street performance

The ‘Gentleman Juggler’ is just one of the magical street performers set to wow at this weekend’s City Spectacular, writes Frances Gleeson.

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The filter of parenthood through the lens of social media

Beware the ‘perfect’, coordinated lives on Instagram and social media. They are not real, says Geraldine Walsh.

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The nightmare realm: What if it's more than just a bad dream?

Bad dreams may frighten children, but they are normal. Night terrors are more intense — the child may scream or thrash about — and will also frighten ...

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Caitlin Moran: Woman of good repute

Caitlin Moran tells Hannah Stephenson about the film adaptation of one of her novels, and her latest tale of a young journalist battling against revenge porn.

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5 minutes with Raphael Rowe who was falsely imprisoned for 12 years

RAPHAEL Rowe served 12 years for a murder he didn’t commit. Now, for a new Netflix documentary series, called Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons, the ...

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From beauty vloggers to Minecraft: Ireland’s top YouTube earners

A generation of influencers and entertainers have emerged in the digital age. Joyce Fegan profiles Jack Septic Eye, Little Kelly and some of the other young stars ...

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Online Lives: Meet Jane Gilheaney Barry who runs thatcuriousloveofgreen.com

Writer and blogger Jane Gilheaney Barry runs thatcuriousloveofgreen.com and her first gothic novel, Cailleach ~ Witch, is due to be published next month.

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Natural deodorants are free of chemicals – but do they actually work? We test out 5

Would you swap your deodorant for a natural one?

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Hilary Rose on The Young Offenders and the extraordinary ride it has brought her on

As we prepares to welcome back The Young Offenders for another series, star of the show Hilary Rose tells Esther McCarthy what an extraordinary time it has been ...

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Lost letters and a dream debut novel for Helen Cullen

Helen Cullen left her job at 2FM to move to London and pursue her dream of writing. The resultant ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ falls into the ...

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Soap stars take the stage for musical adaptation of Legally Blonde

Rita Simons and Bill Ward star in a musical adaptation of ‘Legally Blonde’, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Netflix travel show with a difference has filmed an episode in Ireland

New Yorker Phil Rosenthal presents a travel show with a difference on Netflix, ‘Somebody Feed Phil’. He’s just filmed an episode here, he talks ...

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Ask Audrey: The one thing I can say as a Cork woman is that Dublin is full of tits

My grand-daughter has gone wild in an attempt to embarrass her

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A Question of Taste: Pauline O'Driscoll

Pauline O’Driscoll is from Bandon, Co Cork, and will be performing in The Seven Ages of Mam by Mark Evans at Cork Arts Theatre from July 11–14, as part ...

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Taste the spirit of adventure with new non-alcoholic drink

A horrible ‘mocktail’ planted the seeds of what was to become a booming business — distilling the first decent non-alcoholic spirit, writes Esther ...

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‘Gaming disorder’ is a new mental health condition

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently recognised a new kind of mental health condition.

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Look your best at those upcoming summer weddings

Amal Clooney almost stole the show at Harry and Meghan’s wedding with her striking primrose dress. Carolyn Moore looks at the other options available to look ...

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Ireland's first nudist-friendly beach: changing attitudes to beach attire

Now that Ireland’s first official nudist-friendly beach has opened at Hawk Cliff, Dalkey, Co Dublin, Robert Hume takes the opportunity to look back at changing ...

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Making Cents: Travel insurance will really lessen the stress load

Many Irish air passengers will have felt a flutter of nerves last week when news broke that airlines were cancelling a number of flights to and from France as a ...

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LGBT activist Tonie Walsh talks about the issues facing Clonmel and other regional towns

The regions aren’t being given the attention and services they need. We are depopulating our small towns and villages because of migration to Dublin, Belfast, ...

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