The Shape I’m In - Mark McNulty: I still get goosebumps when Rocky is in the ring

OFF the pitch, footballer Mark McNulty is not what you’d expect. There’s hardly a sentence when the Cork City goalkeeper doesn’t mention his children.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My boyfriend is too noisy during sex

My new boyfriend is rather noisy in the bedroom. I find it mortifying that the neighbours can hear him so I’ve asked him to quieten down a little. He promised to rein it in but then seems to get carried away in the moment. It’s just so embarrassing for me.

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Get party ready in five days

Our simple diet plan will help you look fabulous without cutting back on nutrition, writes Louise Pyne

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Good hair day: Eat your way to luscious locks during the party season

THE festive season is not without its stresses: Christmas shopping without blowing your entire budget on self-gifting, facing a week of arguing with the in-laws, and attempting to get through the entire period without forgoing all diet and exercise regimes.

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Ageing with attitude: Laughing all the way to good health

It may sound like a joke, but laughter yoga promises real health benefits to those willing to put on their best grin and have a go, writes Margaret Jennings

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Staying STI-safe at Christmas

With hook-up apps and chem-sex becoming more popular, it is important to stay safe in bed, especially during the party season, says Áilin Quinlan

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Why sciatica can be a pain in the rear

Sciatica making your life a misery? Liz Connor finds out more about this common cause of leg pain

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Dogs are creatures of comfort for all the family

We always knew dogs have a huge impact on our wellbeing but now the scientific research supports the theory, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler

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Making time to play with your kids in a time-poor world

Determined to make time to play with her son, time-poor Andrea Mara enlists the help of experts.

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Housework for men: It has to be work inside the house that makes you sad

December is a dodgy time for Dads on the home front.

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All the jingle ladies: Making the most of the festive dating scene

There’s no need to join the elf on the shelf this Christmas, says Deirdre Reynolds, who talks to dating experts about finding a mate during the festive season.

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The Shape I'm In: Mark Feehily

Now that singer Mark Feehily has moved back to his native Sligo, he can enjoy his mum’s home cooking.

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Natural Health with Megan Sheppard: Stopping snoring, Get your libido back after menopause

What do you recommend for snoring? My husband has always snored, but it has now become so much of a problem that I can’t sleep in the same room, let alone the same bed. I have tried a number of very expensive earplugs with no luck.

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Individual treatment the key to living with inflammatory bowel disease

SARA Byrne has had three major surgeries to bring her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) under control, but she has reason to be hopeful.

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Managing winter flare-ups of arthritis

You can’t stop the cold and rain, but you can take steps to prevent winter wreaking havoc with your joints. Liz Connor finds out more.

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Sex advice: Yearning for a mindless quickie in a mindful world

Q: Lately, my partner has become devoted to mindfulness.  The latest idea is that he wants us to have ‘mindful sex’, which involves focusing on being present in the moment, deep breathing and looking into each other’s eyes. He gets a lot out of it, but I feel it turns sex into such an intense and ‘spiritual’ performance that I yearn for a simple quickie.

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Natural remedies to tackle the scourge of colds and sniffles

Fiann Ó Nualláin says there are many common herbs that can boost the immune system and fight infection.

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Tackling the complex issue of school bullying

A new film could inspire parents to truly celebrate difference and so head off bullying, writes Helen O’Callaghan

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The Shape I’m In: Luke Fitzgerald

WITH his professional rugby career behind him due to serious injury, Luke Fitzgerald is now free to enjoy more of the simple pleasures of life, including the occasional drink.

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Ageing with attitude: Pack regular protein in three times a day to prevent muscle decline

Margaret Jennings says from our 50s onwards getting protein in our diets is crucial to prevent muscle decline.

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No matter how old you are — embrace life

Psychotherapist Thomas Moore talks to Liz Connor about the richness that can come with getting older

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Working Life: Dr Anna Clarke, health promotion and research manager, Diabetes Ireland

Dr Anna Clarke,  health promotion and research manager for Diabetes Ireland, tells us about her working day. 

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Husband’s use of smartphone during sex is unreasonable

Q: My husband is obsessed with his mobile phone and has it in his hand almost every waking moment. Recently things have become even worse and he picks it up as soon as we have finished having sex. He has even reached out to check it a few times during the act. I’m furious. How can I make him see that his behaviour is unreasonable?”

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It's my life: Advent calendar heralds the arrival of Christmas

TODAY is December 1 and like it or not Christmas is coming. 

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On the double: Jennifer Zamparelli and balancing a hectic life and baby number two

Helen O’Callaghan talks to Jennifer Zamparelli about how baby number two will fit in to the 2fm presenter’s hectic life

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Trim back for the festivities with these Christmas fitness tips

Before we start indulging in the mince pies and mulled wine, it’s a good time to tackle our waistlines. Fitness guru Matt Roberts shares his targeted exercise and eating programme with Peta Bee

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Water wonder: Flotation therapy helps with built up stress and insomnia

Liz Connor dips a toe into the world of floatation therapy

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Japanese robot could be a constant companion for vulnerable adults

A robot from Japan is being heralded as the the latest breakthrough for dementia sufferers. Margaret Jennings talks to a UCD professor who wants its inventors to introduce it here

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Think before you munch that muffin

MINDLESS eating is the bad habit most Irish people want to break, according to new research.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: 'He has no right to share sexual confidences in public'

My partner boasts about our sex life with his friends, even when I’m sitting there right beside him. I find it mortifying and have asked him to stop, but he says it’s just “banter” and that I need to relax about it. I’ve noticed it has changed the way some people in our friendship group interact with me — especially some of the women. I would like our sex life to stay private. Am I wrong to react like this?

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Body beautiful: Amanda Byram on giving up fad diets

Amanda Byram, model, TV presenter, and businesswoman, had always exercised but it wasn’t until her 30s that she kicked the fad diets, writes Deirdre Reynolds

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Doctor's orders: Top medics on how to stay well this winter

What should we do and avoid in order to get through the dark months in good health? Helen O’Callaghan asks four leading doctors for their advice

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Thirsty work: 8 health drinks to put to the test

HEALTHY drinks come in all guises — with and without fruit and vegetables, some of them exotic and mysterious.

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'I find it difficult to keep focused during sex'

Sex advice with Suzi Godson

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Tric Kearney: 'If you live with an accountant your chances of having a successful relationship are doomed'

I CAME across an interesting fact online the other day: If you live with an accountant your chances of having a successful relationship are doomed.

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Baby steps: Parents of pre-term babies take a key role in their care

Having a pre-term baby who may be very ill is challenging for every parent but there are supports available, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: 'My wife called me by an old boyfriend's name during sex'

Suzi Godson offers sex advice to readers. 

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Working Life: Suzanne Garvey, director, hospital operations, Beacon Hospital

Suzanne Garvey talks us through a typical day in her job in the Beacon Hospital

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