The ultimate wish list: 15 perfect presents for kids of all ages

Keep the small people in your life happy with these top gifts, says Claire Spreadbury.

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Learning valuable lessons from the past

Archaeologist Enda Flaherty has been documenting abandoned schoolhouses, thus providing a snapshot of those forgotten places where many of our predecessors were ...

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Ask Audrey: The tuition in the Churchfield School of Proper English do be for nathin’, girl

Sorting out Cork people for ages..

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’Tis the season to be sweet: What makes a good chocolate bar?

Pat Fitzpatrick gets under the wrapping to see what makes a good bar of chocolate and asks an expert if it is actually better than sex.

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Learning points: The truth is now being twisted in full view

There has always been tension between the White House and the press corps charged with monitoring the motives and actions of the US president, writes Richard Hogan. ...

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Making Cents: Claim tax refunds now, have money before Christmas

This day seven weeks is New Year’s Day and anyone who has not applied before then for any tax rebates they are due from 2014 has missed the boat.

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Café with appetite for change at UCC

Ellie O’Byrne has lunch at UCC’s Bio Green Café, where there are no single-use plastic utensils or plastic packaging.

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Online Lives: Actress and blogger Rebecca Collis

Denise O'Donoghue speaks to Rebecca Collis about her blog and career.

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How breastfeeding led to material for Irish stand up comedian Diane O’Connor

Diane O’Connor has mined the breastfeeding experience for her stand-up comedy show, writes Nuala Woulfe

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Seal Rescue Ireland’s plan to turn the tide on plastic pollution

Seal Rescue Ireland’s innovative way to remove plastics from the sea is a step-up in their conservancy work, writes Amy Lewis

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Lindsay Woods: The majority of the nation, during testing times, will reach for the kettle

The day the dishwasher packed in, I baked two dozen chocolate chip cookies.

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This much I know: Jewellery Designer Jenny Huston

As a child, my choice of future career changed every year but I mostly wanted to be a hairdresser.

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Something to smile about with Melissa McCarthy around

Melissa McCarthy is trying to keep comedy alive at a moment when Hollywood — and its audience — can’t seem to crack a smile, writes Taffy Brodesser-Akner. ...

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The Nutcracker giving us a lift

Marjorie Brennan goes behind the scenes at Cork City Ballet’s festive classic, The Nutcracker.

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Looking the business in fashion

Ever wondered what the fashion set spend on their clothes? Annmarie O’Connor takes a look inside their wardrobes.

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Louise O'Neill: How could we stop caring when we're taught that a woman’s inherent value is tied up in her physicality?

I am going to Copenhagen this weekend for a book festival.

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Tric Kearney: I catch sight of myself in a mirror and I’m brought back down to earth with a bang. It’s not good for the soul

I’ve been a mother over 20 years, although I do look a mere child. In all that time, I have regularly shared great advice with my children. But, hard as it ...

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Working mums: How to cope if you’re asked to work away from home

Being away from your children because of work commitments can give rise to many emotions. Jenny Stallard asks experts for their advice.

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Ask an expert: My teenage son only reads online text – is this likely to affect his reading skills?

A professor of education explains why teenagers might be better off reading novels if they want to boost their exam grades.

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Hit the road: RTE’s Mary Kennedy on running for health and energy

NATIONWIDE presenter Mary Kennedy is in her element when entertaining at home and thinks nothing of rustling up a meal for family and friends. She’s equally ...

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Santa’s helpers: Children reach out to other children through gift boxes

Helen O’Callaghan talks to pupils and teachers at a Co Cork school about a nationwide initiative that sends gift boxes to kids in less privileged parts of ...

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Five things you should know about your parental rights after divorce or separation

A family law solicitor tells Lisa Salmon some of the crucial laws relating to children that parents should be aware of after a relationship split.

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Pride of Place ceremony celebrates Cork's community spirit

Celebrating community spirit Dubbed the Oscars of the community sector, this year’s Pride of Place ceremony takes place on Leeside for the first time with ...

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Learning Points: Clear boundaries help create harmony at home

Boundaries teach our children how to make the right decision when they are alone, writes Richard Hogan

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Lessons from school shootings: Cork priest features in new Netflix documentary about Sandy Hook massacre

A powerful new Netflix documentary looks at the bond between two Catholic priests, a friendship forged in compassion in the wake of two horrific mass shootings. ...

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Today's teens are living in the shadow of going viral

Yes, we were all young once, but let’s be honest, we have no idea what today’s teenagers are going through. Lives are at risk as we roll our eyes — ...

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A dying Cork man’s wisdom bought to life on his blog

Montenotte man, Mowbray Bates, a champion of community creativity, left behind a moving testament to his final days and his extraordinary life in his blog, How To ...

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As the Spice Girls announce a reunion tour, we look back at their style evolution

From Wannabe to the Olympics, the pop stars have had their share of fashion hits and misses.

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Victoria Beckham isn’t touring with the Spice Girls – here’s why it’s ok to say no to your friends

From nights out to weekends away, sometimes saying you can’t be there is ok, says Jenny Stallard.

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Making Cents: How to save on your energy bills

"Depending on the supplier, the recent energy price increases over the past few months have added up to €255 to the average customer’s annual gas and ...

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Uncovering the naked truth of a life model

A chance visit to the Crawford Gallery’s recent show, Naked Truth, unlocks memories for Lane Shipsey of the time she worked as a life model to pay her way ...

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Ireland’s only child-free coffee shop is brewing up a storm

Ireland’s only child-free coffee shop is brewing up a storm, writes Nuala Woulfe

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What happens when mum's not the word

The reaction to Margaret O’Connor’s decision not have kids was so extreme, she decided to write a thesis about it, she tells Pat Fitzpatrick.

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Online Lives: Meet historian, April Fitzpatrick

A grandfather's love of the past is what led April Fitzpatrick to set up a Facebook page to promote Irish history and heritage.

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LINDSAY WOODS: Is this what it means to be a grown-up?

There comes a point in your adult life when you think: ‘Yes, this is it! This is what it surely means to be a grown-up?’ I have yet to reach that point. ...

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Designer Fiona Heaney: The desire to create was always there

My first memory of making things was when my grandfather taught me how to knit.

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Dermot Bannon discusses his toughest clients - his kids

Dermot Bannon is embarking on his biggest makeover to date — moving into his new home. He talks to Esther McCarthy about his toughest clients yet: his kids

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Dating scams: How to spot a ‘rom-con’

Online dating may now be the norm, but some people still use it to carry out scams. Here’s how to stay safe.

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Blast off! Space-mad boy with autism inspires doll for kids on the spectrum

It was blast-off for one boy’s development after happening to watch a rocket launch. Now he’s got his very own space doll, writes Áilín ...

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Senseless act: 2fm's Eoghan McDermott counts the cost of a random act of violence

Eoghan McDermott, the upbeat radio presenter, lost his sense of smell and taste as a result of a street attack, he tells Caroline O’Doherty.

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Written out of the narrative: Tracking down the Irish suffrage movement

When Donna Gilligan tried to track down surviving objects and images from the Irish suffrage movement, there was little to be found. It’s another example of ...

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Ask Audrey: A good cleaning lady is as rare as tasteful Christmas decorations on the Pouladuff Road

Audrey's been sorting out Cork people for ages.

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All the fun and food of the Cork and Kerry Food Market

Ahead of the Cork and Kerry Food Market this weekend, Ciara McDonnell meets some of the new wave of food producers taking part and gets to sample their delicious ...

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Embracing the benefits of positive thinking

WHAT makes someone think positively? This is a question I often ask myself when I’m in the therapeutic setting with a client that is having difficulty seeing ...

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Why are some South Korean women smashing their make-up?

K-Beauty – Korean Beauty – is one of the world’s biggest skin and make-up trends, as everyone wants to emulate the enviably bright and dewy look ...

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Spooky news: Six ghosts to make the headlines

As Halloween gets underway, Shane Cochrane looks at six ghosts that have made the headlines.

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Surgery professor warns of ‘losing dexterity’: 4 activities to boost your child’s fine motor skills

Liz Connor finds ways to naturally bolster your little one’s dexterity – from origami to painting.

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Venice hit by widespread flooding: These are some of the city’s hidden gems threatened by the water

The lagoon city is actually sinking slowly every year.

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Making Cents: Cashing in money for contactless payments?

In Ireland, most of us are just getting used to contactless payments, and are perhaps distrustful.

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