Anyone who has seen The Birds, the 1963 horror-thriller film directed Alfred Hitchcock, will have some sympathy for the residents of Balbriggan, Howth, and Skerries in north Co Dublin, where an infestation of seagulls is making life miserable for locals.
Rita de Brun was a widow before 40, so she is sceptical of research that says we are happiest at any particular time. It’s different for everyone. Some people thrive later, into their 60s and 70s. We asked three celebrities in their prime if they were less or more content now.
POWER is at its most potent when it is implied. Revealed it loses its mystique. What inspires awe at a distance, provokes resentment not understanding in the actual encounter. So it proved in Seanad Éireann. Largely ignored for decades, some senators forgot that the cameras and microphones fixed to the furnishings in the Duke of Leinster’s former ballroom allow others to look in as well as them shout out.