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Grieving mum on loss of daughter (5): 'You never get over the death of your child but you learn to live with it' A devastated Irish mum has opened up about losing her daughter to a brain tumour, saying: "In the early days there is no hope."
 
 
 
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@ToastMeetsWorld, @ItsDougThePug and @RealGrumpyCat. Images: Instagram   10 of the best animal accounts you need to follow on Instagram Amy Mulvaney Make your Instagram feed cuter (and furrier) with these 10 animal accounts that are sure to put a smile on your face.
 
 
Adell Dunleavy: 'I'm terrified about the future and the effect this illness will have on my children'   'I'm terrified about the future' - Irish mother (47) on her fight with Parkinson's Adell Dunleavy (47) has nothing but lovely memories of St Mel's, a beautiful, neo-classical cathedral, nestling in the centre of Longford town. The cathedral's foundation stone was laid in 1840. "I remember, as a child, seeing those angels looking down from the pink ceiling. I'd be gazing at everything but what was going on in the Mass," she says impishly. "And afterwards, my friends and I would be parading up and down the aisle pretending to be brides. That cathedral was our playground, because we didn't have any other."
 
 
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Dillon Twomey (5) is just one of the children with autism who enjoys the Open Spectrum sessions at JumpZone   'Open Spectrum' activity session: Dillon is in the zone! Laura Noonan In March, nine-year-old James Lush hosted a birthday party at JumpZone, a sprawling trampoline park to the south of Dublin city.
 
 
Siobhan Byrne: variety in workouts is an important part of a lifelong fitness regime. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan   Siobhan Byrne: Slowly does it can still see results Siobhan Byrne There can be many reasons why we decide to slow our training down through life, and if you are trying to conceive, it could be an opportunity to change the pace of your workouts.
 
 
Fertility - your age is the most important factor If, says consultant gynaecologist Bart Kuczera, he was asked to list the three most important factors in fertility, his response would be simple:
 
 
Orla Walsh: Fuelling fertility - the food tips to enhance your chances When it comes to fertility, it's important to focus on the modifiable factors or, in other words, the things you can change. Below dietitian, Orla Walsh has complied a simple list to help you understand how to fuel your fertility.
 
 
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  Watch: Heart-warming moment a grandmother teaches her deaf granddaughter how to sign Independent.ie Newsdesk This heartwarming video shows the moment a deaf grandmother teaches her deaf granddaughter how to sign.
 
 
It costs around €2,500 a year to home a dog and you'll most likely have them with you for over a decade.   Revealed: How much does your dog cost you every year? They say a dog's not just for Christmas, and unfortunately it can be springtime when families realise that having a four-legged friend join them wasn't as easy or as cheap as they thought.
 
 
Gavin White: 'Irish mammy' warning as adult-sized portions fuel childhood obesity Parents are not aware that giving their children bigger portions is "leading to higher obesity", a top dietician has warned.
 
 
Ed Power: Rise of the kidults - how the sale of toys to adults is booming Several weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with my wife. She wondered why I, a self-employed father of three, had just spent several hundred euro on… a board game. The short answer was that the game in question was really, really cool. Actually, that was the long answer too. Suffice to say my powers of persuasion were a little wanting.
 
 
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A dish from Grow HQ   Food news: Grow your own way Anyone who thinks that GIY is about old fellas in allotments needs to pay a visit to Grow HQ. Located on the outskirts of Waterford city, it opened last year and is now really hitting its stride. The GIY mission - Grow, Cook, Eat - is geared towards food rather than gardening, and founder Michael Kelly says that his target demographic is the people in the household who make the decisions about what the children eat, usually the mothers.
 
 
Pastiera Napoletana   The Italian job - recipes from a top chef and restaurateur Chef and restaurateur, Jacob Kenedy from the award-winning Bocca di Lupo in London brings diners on a gastronomic tour of Italy. He is one of the culinary talents taking part in the fifth Ballymaloe Litfest which runs from May 19-21 and puts the spotlight on literacy and knowledge about food and drink
 
 
Indy Power: Porridge that's just right Tuck into porridge bread perfection - or use your loaf and turn it into super scones.
 
 
Review - Fish Shop: 'Each of the bar snacks is a small moment of perfection' Several years ago, I had a strange but good meal in Seven Social, the restaurant that previously occupied these premises on Benburb Street. It was an Ancient Irish Feast, and amongst the dishes that appeared on the menu that night was one that featured grey squirrel. I only mention it, because the re-vamped space that is now home to home Fish Shop looks nothing like it did back then, although its location will be familiar to passengers on the LUAS red line, which passes right outside.
 
 
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No 60 blends style with a timeless quality – plus plenty of space indoors and out for a growing brood   Blessed with love, a period home for family Katy McGuinness If we'd have had a spare €20,000 at the time, we would probably have the red cobble-lock at the front." The current owners of 60 Leinster Road are reminiscing about the 30 years that they have spent in their lovely home, including the time when red cobble-lock was all the rage and they had a visit from a man with a van soon after they got planning permission for off-street parking. With hindsight, they are glad that there was no spare €20,000 knocking around - the gravel to the front of the house was cheaper and more elegant.
 
 
Horse heaven at Dean Hill, above, where there are 12 loose boxes, a tack room and super-sized sand arena   Large family home for equine enthusiasts Caroline Allen Providing top-of-the-line living for its equine inhabitants - and plenty of creature comforts for their owners indoors too - Dean Hill in Hayes, Co Meath, offers country living close to the city.
 
 
Anna Shelswell-white: Faux effect prints to dress up your walls If online statistics are anything to go by, the popularity of wallcoverings has been growing fast this year. We're not talking twee designs of hot air balloons and ladybirds - raw, rough and ready finishes are where it's at.
 
 
Gerry Daly: Beautiful blues of spring bulb Camassia looks like an overgrown bluebell, which is not surprising because it is related, although bluebells are native and camassia is from North America. In some ways, camassia is made for this country because it likes relatively cool weather and damp soil. Its natural habitat is in water meadows by streams that flood occasionally.
 
 
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VW Golf R   Licence to thrill - Volkswagen's Golf R is a very grown-up hot hatch You can tell a lot about a car by the attention it gets. Some attract onlookers, car fanatics and legions of salivating boy racers but others just get the odd admiring glance and, in the main, slip quietly in out of car parks unnoticed. The latter is the case with Volkswagen's most potent Golf, the R, one of the most discrete road warriors combining the practicality and comfort of a compact hatchback and the performance of a serious sports car.
 
 
Alfa Romeo Giulia   Change is in the air for diesel vehicles Geraldine Herbert The British government is to follow the lead of other European countries and introduce a scrappage scheme for diesel cars. British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked officials to develop plans for a scheme as part of proposals to improve air quality. The scheme will encourage motorists to a switch to more environmentally friendly vehicles by offering a financial incentive for drivers of older diesel cars trading them in. Cars or vans that are more than 10 years old are likely to be eligible and owners may be offered up to £2,000 to switch to a cleaner car.
 
 
Brian Twomey: The Alfa Romeo 156 - a timeless masterpiece Divorce becomes legal, The English Patient is best picture and the Pokémon craze finally makes life worth living. Princess Diana dies, Mary McAleese is elected, Steve Jobs re-joins Apple and South Park makes its debut.
 
 
Access all areas So, here's the problem. We have four children - three boys, aged 16, 15 and nine, and a young lady of 12. Eoghan (15) has recently graduated from a manual wheelchair to a very large power chair. In addition, he is accompanied everywhere by his assistance dog Duke, a 37kg adult male golden retriever. The problem is how to fit them all into a family car.
 
 
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Tough Mudder!   The Irish Adventure Bucket List: 25 days out to try before you die! Nicola Brady, Catherine Mack & Pól Ó Conghaile Looking for a day out with a difference? We've got you covered!
 
 
Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen. Photo: Deposit   Magic Monday: Fly to Copenhagen from €50 in this week's Top 5 travel deals! Pól Ó Conghaile You might hate Monday, but you'll love our weekly pick of travel offers...
 
 
Nicola Brady & Pól Ó Conghaile: Top 10 Irish lakelands experiences There’s more to water-based breaks than the sea, you know.
 
 
Eoin O'Hagan: Jewel of the Shannon: How Lough Derg won my heart Lough Derg will grab your heart and not let go, says local Eoin O'Hagan.
 
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