Dive right in for Christmas swim in aid of a good cause

Eve Kelliher meets the mum of two who, for the past 10 years, has hosted a charity Christmas Day swim in memory of her sister.

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Making Cents: Planning for your financial future

Most of us in Ireland have the means to cover day to day costs and current commitments but a worryingly high number still struggle and most of us could do better ...

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Have blog, will travel

Carolyn Moore meets the writers who have made a living out of going on holidays

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Appliance of science: How did the world begin and other questions

The questions below were sent in by second year science students in Adamstown Community College, Lucan (Ms. Corrigan’s class).

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Preserving the past, looking to future

The Dáimh Scoil in Co Cork has been keeping the bardic tradition alive for nearly 100 years. That doesn’t mean it’s afraid of rap and other modern ...

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Keeping it casual: Why you should incorporate athleisure into your festive wardrobe

Want a relaxed Christmas party look? Then incorporate athleisure into your festive wardrobe, writes Paula Burns

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Online Lives: Sadhbh Sullivan - 'My generation is definitely somewhat addicted to social media'

Sadhbh Sullivan from Bere Island in West Cork has been running her fashion blog www.sadhbhers.ie since 2016.

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Lindsay Woods: At a time of year when the pace is frenzied and days are full of school plays and deadlines, the chance to break from routine is a welcome one

Each year, there is one particular aspect of the festive season which gathers particular momentum. Normally, they are of the consumable variety and quickly become ...

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Little Ireland: Emigrants snap up quirky magnets created by Irish grandmother

Patricia Pierce’s clay creations offer a little piece of our modern culture to nostalgic emigrants, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Tuning out: Comedian Tara Flynn takes issue with popular Christmas songs

Fed up with the forced gaiety, comedian Tara Flynn gives our traditional Christmas songs a thoroughly modern roasting.

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Learn a trick or two from Keith Barry on New Year's Eve

There’s a whiff of danger about Keith Barry. He bounces into the Republic of Work in Cork for this interview with his charming, boyish smile and warm hand-shake, ...

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What parents can learn from Mary Poppins

Practically perfect in every way, the strict-but-fun nanny has a lot to teach pressurised parents as they try to juggle it all over Christmas.

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Decorating your house for Christmas? Here's some advice from three Irish interior designers

Plagued by Christmas-tree politics and tinsel debates?

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How to stop tensions boiling over this festive season

While your goose may not exactly be cooked just yet, she is certainly looking a little more

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Stepping out of the shade: Choose colour for this years festive partywear

Forget ‘The Little Black Dress’ – partywear this festive season is all about colour, writes Carolyn Moore

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Girls of tomorrow: iWish conference inspires young women to pursue STEM careers

Now in its fourth year, the annual iWish conference inspires young women to pursue careers in STEM, writes Ciara McDonnell

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Making Cents: Prepare financially now for mortgage hunting in 2019

Consumer advice with Gráinne McGuinness

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How cool would it be to serve Christmas dinner and say, ‘everything came from within 20 miles of here?

Artist and food activist Lisa Fingleton ate only foods produced in Ireland on her 30-day local food challenge. She tells Ellie O’Byrne.

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How Ireland’s first female lift engineer lifted herself out of addiction

A year ago, Susie McConville was a cleaner at a lift-engineering company in Cork. Once, when engineers couldn’t figure out what was wrong with a broken lift, ...

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Online Lives: Meet author, blogger and broadcaster Holly White

Author, blogger and broadcaster Holly White has recently published a cookbook, ‘Vegan-ish’, featuring vegan recipes and tips on cruelty-free food shared ...

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Glamour editor Samantha Barry coming back to her Cork roots

Glamour editor Samantha Barry is settled in New York, but there’s no place like home, the Cork native tells Marjorie Brennan.

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When Henry found fame: Ireland’s latest animation success

Remember the name – Irish animator Gary Gill is one to watch, thanks to his hit cartoon and new book, ‘The Day Henry Met’, writes Marie Toft.

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Lindsay Woods: My home has become the festive version of The Hunger Games

My home has become the festive version of The Hunger Games. Mainly due to the competitive battleground between a diminutive elf and a faux root vegetable. Whilst ...

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Access all areas: New online passports for children

The new online renewal service for children’s passports is helping to streamline what is often a frustrating experience for parents, says Helen O’Callaghan ...

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"You don’t have to be a man to spot a dud secondhand car"

As a child I raged at girls not being considered equal to boys, writes Tric Kearney.

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Food revolution: Filmmaker Lisa Fingleton’s BLT moment

Here's a good table-quiz question: How many ingredients are in a BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich? Three, plus the bread, spread and condiments? Think again. ...

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The experts' guide to surviving Christmas

Esther N McCarthy gathers some insider information to get you through to the new year.

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Ask Audrey: She's as deluded as a bus driver applying to join Sundays Well Tennis Club

Sorting out Cork people for years...

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Looking for the perfect gift? Our celebrity experts Sonya Lennon, Neven Maguire and lots more have you sorted

We've got loads of tips from Sonya Lennon, Rick O'Shea, Neven Maguire, Francis Brennan, Derval O'Rourke and Jen Rock.

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Fighting Parkinson’s: The brains behind medical miracles

A device developed in Clonmel is greatly improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from incurable diseases such as Parkinson’s, writes John Daly

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Eoin Turner: Raising a glass to success

Cork Sculptor and former fisherman Eoin Turner tells Ellie O’Byrne why glass is his preferred, but by no means only, medium.

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Learning Points: We must try and understand the root causes of bad behaviour in adolescents

One of the most important aspects of working with adolescents is understanding the context of their behaviour. All behaviour has a context and all behaviour is communication. ...

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All wrapped up: Ideas for the perfect gift this Christmas

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas, or even something to fill your own stocking? Esther N McCarthy rounds up some seasonal ideas to suit ...

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Charity.com: In a cashless society, technology could help the homeless

Being spontaneously charitable on a street level has become difficult in a cashless society, but technology could also solve the problem it created, says Eoin Weldon. ...

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Making Cents: Check your home before severe storms hit

The last week has been a reminder of the potential for damage brought by winter storms.

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Knickers the giant cow: why do some animals grow so big?

There are several reasons why animals can grow to much larger sizes than we consider normal.

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FIFA 19: In a league of its own

Fifa 19 will be at the top of many Christmas lists. Ed Power explains how it has become the world’s biggest video game

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Online Lives: 'Social media can be positive' - HeadStuff's Alan Bennett

Writer Alan Bennett started HeadStuff.org in 2014. He describes it as a website for “good writing”.

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From eyebrows to phone battery life... and alphabet of questions

The second-year science students in Adamstown Community College, Lucan (Ms Corrigan’s class) prepared the following questions as part of the recent Stop & ...

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A lesson on Christmas cards - the best season’s greeting of all...

Today, a bewilderingly large selection of festive cards is available – religious, nostalgic, contemporary, cute, humorous… Robert Hume looks back to ...

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69-year-old marathon runner: ‘I’ll just keep going. Sure why not?’

Collette O’Hagan could claim to be a real-life wonder woman. On the eve of her 600th marathon, the 69-year-old tells Aileen C O’Reilly how much she enjoys ...

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An American's take on the 12 pubs of Christmas

RP O’Donnell has made Ireland home in every way but one – the American can’t get his head around our attitude to drink, especially when it comes ...

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Frank Mackey's diary of a panto dame

As Frank Mackey marks two decades on the panto stage, he shares his behind the scenes diary, revealing what it’s like to write and bring a production of this ...

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The Everyman’s Catherine Mahon- Buckley has been making magical panto memories for 25 years

Catherine Mahon- Buckley is marking her 25th year as the director of the Everyman’s panto, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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The Snowman at 40: How an unknown book became a festive classic

‘The Snowman’ was published 40 years ago this Christmas. Suzanne Harrington charts its rise from unknown book to festive classic.

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Through the keyhole at the Shelbourne's new Maureen O'Hara suite

The Shelbourne has named a suite in honour of actress Maureen O’Hara – and you can stay there for €1400 a night. Vickie Maye takes a peek inside.

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My costume consisted of either a tea towel on my head (one of the wise men) or my dressing gown (shepard)

There is nothing that causes me to experience cold sweats, nightmares or a considerable migraine than the note detailing the costume guidelines for the Christmas ...

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Ask Audrey: How could you possibly love someone from the midlands?

Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for years...

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How to nip worry in the bud for anxious children

Children can be taught how to manage anxiety — and it can even pre-empt mental health issues in later life, writes Áilín Quinlan

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