Derval O'Rourke: What it takes to step on an Olympic start line

I’ve really enjoyed watching the winter Olympics and wanted to share a few thoughts about what it takes to step on an Olympic start line.

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Choosing a child’s car seat – here’s everything you need to know

Booster seats, baby seats and big seats. Claire Spreadbury discovers what’s really required in the back of a car.

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4 actually affordable spa breaks in the UK to treat your mum to this Mother’s Day

Because who doesn’t love an indulgent spa day?

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Do less, then obsess: How to get ahead at work

Working longer hours does not mean working more productively, says a management professor who argues that doing fewer tasks equals better results. He talks to Marjorie ...

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Tuning into our senses: Sculpture garden open to those who want to reflect

Margaret Jennings talks to a scholar who has opened her sculpture garden to the public as a place to rest and reflect Tuning into our senses as we age

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Taking control

Tara Stewart talks to Irene Feighan about her health and life.

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Cycle tracker: Is a birth-control app effective?

Natural Cycles is the first app certified as a form of birth control. Is it effective, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: How assertive and honest should I be in the bedroom?

Suzi Godson offers more advice...

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Working Life: Joan Browne, homecare manager

Joan Browne is homecare manager, Home and Away Care, Cork/West Cork

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Tric Kearney: 'I wake up and my first transaction of the day takes place, the transfer of money from one pair of jeans to another'

WATCHING television the other night I tuned into RTÉ’s We Won The Lotto. Who hasn’t dreamed about what it must be like to not have to worry about money?

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Baby on board: What to eat to keep morning sickness at bay

Operation Transformation’s Aoife Hearne offers tips on how to get through the bouts of morning — and all-day — sickness

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Ask a doctor: What should actually happen when you see your GP about depression?

As a study finds that antidepressants are an effective treatment, we ask Dr Clare Morrison about the process of being prescribed them.

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5 surprising health benefits of eating grapefruit

Will Reardon explains why you should add this sour superfruit to your daily diet.

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Living the good life needn’t overstretch your imagination

The popular East Cork ‘Good Living Day’ is back again this year — a celebration of mindful living combined with food stalls, healthy cooking demos, ...

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Pressure of a romantic weekend puts me off

My husband and I have been married for eight years. He has recently booked us what he has called a romantic weekend away as a present. I absolutely love the idea ...

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It's My Life: Should you dump him now because he didn’t say it with chocolates or flowers?

THE best thing about Valentine’s Day is that it ended two days ago. The unfortunate thing about it, is that it happened at all, writes Tric Kearney.

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The Shape I’m In: Phil Coulter

By Irene FeighanWHEN Phil Coulter speaks it’s like listening to the ebb and flow of one of his majestic musical arrangements.

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Ruby Tandoh: From Bake Off to bake well

A NEW cookbook, by one of the most popular contestants on the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), has been heralded as a “revelation”.

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Ageing with Attitude: Thinking outside the box for your funeral

HER cousins in Carlow and Dublin asked her if she had “lost her marbles” when 80-year-old Joyce McCullough sent them pictures of her standing beside ...

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Working Life: Kieran O’Brien, Founder and CEO of Penny Medical

4.48amIt's like groundhog day!

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Operation Transformation’s Aoife Hearne on the fruit of a healthy lifestyle

AOIFE Hearne is full of the joys of raising a young family. The straight-talking dietician is mum to Dylan, three, and Alva, 20 months, and is expecting her third ...

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Taking baby steps: 10 changes to nutrition than can help aid conception

Dietitian Aoife Hearne on the importance of nutrition before conception.

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Love curling? This is why the Winter Olympic sport is amazing for your body

Strength, toning and heart-pounding drama. Trust us, there’s nothing easy about this strategic sport.

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Ultra-processed food can raise the cancer risks. Here's 5 of the worst to avoid

We look at some of the worst processed foods and what you can swap them for.

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This ancient Cypriot mountain village could hold the secret to stress-free living

One man’s mission to breathe new life into a decaying part of Cyprus has created a retreat beneficial to body and soul. Celia Paul visits Casale Panayiotis ...

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7 simple habits that are good for both you and the environment

As the war against plastic rages on, Liz Connor seeks out easy ways to live a more green lifestyle – and boost your own wellbeing in the process.

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Here’s why you should always use a refillable water bottle at the gym

Single-use plastic is destroying the environment, and your weekly HIIT session could be fuelling the problem.

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Forget the gym, here’s why indoor climbing might just be our new favourite workout

Will Moody takes a look at the increasing popularity of bouldering with pro-climber Louis Parkinson.

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Ask a counsellor: Am I too old to make a new life for myself?

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers her perspective on a woman who is struggling to meet new friends after a painful divorce.

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An art exhibition has opened in New York that’s dedicated to plus size models

The show stars two high profile curve models.

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5 wonderfully surprising health benefits of bananas

Whether eaten raw or mixed into a healthy smoothie, these potent fruits should be your go-to healthy snack says Liz Connor.

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5 ways colouring can help relieve stress

Zendaya has a ‘drawing station’ at her house to help with her mental health. Here’s why you should too.

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3 ways taking children to the theatre can boost their emotional development

Far more than just a fun treat, seeing live shows offers a host of benefits for kids and parents, as Lisa Salmon finds out.

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Ask an expert: Is it normal that my daughter’s in a relationship that’s entirely online?

A psychologist explains that online relationships can be the norm for younger generations – so long as social isolation isn’t an issue.

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Picture perfect: Chef and food writer Lilly Higgins on eating with your eyes

Lilly Higgins says she’s qualified in all aspects of her work and needs to stop doubting herself, writes Irene Feighan

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My girlfriend only enjoys sex when she initiates it

Sex advice with Suzi Godson

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Working Life: Prof Eric Masterson, surgeon

A day in the life of consultant orthopaedic surgeon Prof Eric Masterson

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Tric Kearney: 'I had no idea that at any time a Garda checkpoint could spring up and surprise you...'

Tric Kearney shares the things she learned when she began driving

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Should you celebrate Valentine's Day as a family?

Andrea Mara asks if Valentine’s Day should be exclusively for parents to nurture their relationship or if it should also involve their children

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This is how to get your hands on Gymshark’s sold-out ombre leggings

The leggings have been out for less than a week and already there’s a huge waitlist to buy them.

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Everything you need to know about spotting the signs of stroke, and how to reduce your risk

As figures reveal more and more middle-aged people are being affected, Liz Connor finds out how we can all improve our stroke awareness.

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8 expert tips you need to know before running your first marathon

With a few months to go until the London Marathon, Liz Connor talks to the pros about nailing your training and race-day strategy.

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5 reasons why boxing is the ultimate workout for your body and mind

Liz Connor finds out why this combat sport is a great way to sweat out your pent up aggression and punch up your workout routine.

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6 tips to avoid getting ill during the cold week ahead

As the weather gets chillier, here’s how to keep the flu virus at bay.

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World Cancer Day: Writer reveals what it’s like to discover you have the BRCA2 breast cancer gene

Clarissa Foster explains why she penned a novel to raise awareness for BRCA2 gene mutation carriers.

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Gym mummy: Working out during pregnancy

Irene Long looks at the many benefits that come with exercising during pregnancy.

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Working life:  Noelle Ryan, founder of Oesophageal Cancer Fund

I’m an early riser — usually the first to leave the house for the gym or to walk the dog. Exercise energises me for the day.

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Follow the leader: Nutrition coach Aisling FitzGibbon

Nutrition coach Aisling FitzGibbon turned her health around by changing her eating habits, which started with a detox diet, writes Clodagh Finn.

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Pillar of strength: BBC's Doctor in the House, Rangan Chatterjee

DR RANGAN Chatterjee believes in walking the talk and so do his children. His seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter literally follow in the footsteps of ...

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It's good to connect: New touch therapy relieves pain

Movement aids the web of tissue that holds our bones and organs together, and looking after it can help manage conditions like osteoarthritis, writes Margaret Jennings. ...

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