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Interior designer Geri O'Toole outside the cottage dating from the 1920s, which she and and her husband Cathal renovated. On an acre of countryside, it was single storey, and while they kept the same footprint, they were able to add an upstairs. They renovated all the sash windows, using the original weights
'We like to get our hands dirty, so we bought it' - Interior designer transforms former derelict farmhouse into a family home On the TV programme Room to Improve, each week there is always one major tussle between architect Dermot Bannon and the homeowner; it's obviously to add a touch of drama.
 
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Prince William and Kate Middleton at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor. Photo: Simon Dawson/PA Wire Baby name for William and Kate's second boy - the contenders! Laura Elston Arthur, Albert and Philip are all thought to be in the running for the new royal baby's name.
Number 49 Carriglea has 3,000 sq ft of space The balcony off this master bedroom is a viewing spot for one of Ireland's great golf courses Until very recently, the otherwise unremarkable village of Killenard in Co Laois had the distinction of being the home of the honorary Colombian consulate in Ireland.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre on March 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images) Britain's new prince is Kate Middleton's heaviest baby yet - but not in recent royal family history Laura Elston The new baby Prince of Cambridge weighed 8lb 7oz - heavier than both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Best friend Julian Erskine, left, has been a huge support to Ronan Smith since he has been diagnosed 'I feel privileged to have had a very lucky life' - Riverdance manager suffering from the same illness that killed his father Donal Lynch 'Is this genetic?" Ten years ago this month that sentence jumped off the page at actor and producer Ronan Smith. It was from his own diary, but he had no recollection of writing it and no recollection of the thought. And, in a cruel irony, it came from an entry in which he had wondered about the cause of his own memory loss. "I had no idea when I read that that Alzheimer's could be genetic," he says. "It was like reading someone else's words. It seemed to underline to me what I already sort of knew."
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Health & Wellbeing
 
Stock photo Fat belly can double your heart attack risk Dean Gray in London Having a fat belly doubles your heart attack risk even if you aren't obese, a study has found.
A coffee cup (Yui Mok/PA) How many coffees should you have in a day? New research gives surprising results Independent.ie Newsdesk Drinking three cups of coffee will not harm your heart, according to leading cardiologists who carried out a new study on caffeine consumption.
Drinking tea How to relax well - Week 6: Surround yourself with positivity Karl Henry And breathe! It's been a hectic morning I'm sure and you no doubt have a busy day and week ahead of you.
Picture posed New hope for migraine sufferers who could self-inject with smart drug, researchers say John von Radowitz A self-injected smart drug holds out new hope for migraine sufferers who until now have had to grit their teeth and bear the pain of thunderclap headaches.
 
 
Family
 
Upside-Down Under: The Pritchets go on vacation together to Australia in Modern Family. Photo: ABC via Getty Images The parent trip - ‘The holiday feeling has to work for them and you’ Sinead Ryan The time has finally come to spend the inheritance. The kids are gone, you're ready to don the backpack and see the world with your other half as your grown-up children find their own way in the world.
Stella O'Malley The best way to talk to young children about the abortion referendum, according to an Irish psychotherapist Psychotherapist Stella O’Malley feels that Irish parents of children under-12 should feel comfortable to discuss the abortion referendum with their children on some level.
Tai chi can help older people to improve muscle strength and balance, which are imperative in reducing risk of falls Tai chi, crochet, dancing, chair yoga, choirs... Everything that the Bealtaine festival has to offer Evelyn Coughlan Since the ancient times of the Gaelic clans Bealtaine festival was celebrated on the first day of May, to celebrate the transition from Spring to Summer and the hope of a good harvest.
Photo posed Dear David Coleman: My daughter is obsessed with the possibility of us dying David Coleman Clinical psychologist David Coleman offers parenting advice in his weekly column.
 
 
Food & Drink
 
Tarte tatin Recipe: Jean-Christophe Novelli's Tarte Tatin Multi-starred Michelin chef Jean-Christophe Novelli shares some of his favourite recipes to celebrate the opening of his new Irish restaurant at Belfast's City Quays, where the menu includes classic French dishes given an Irish twist by delicious local produce.
Vibrant: the Light House vegetarian cafe in Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes, XPOSURE . Review: Everything on this menu costs less than €11 - and it's full of real thought and imagination Katy McGuinness It really couldn't be any more Galway. First of all, it's raining. (I don't think that I have ever visited Galway when it hasn't been.) And at a corner table in The Light House Café, a man with a beard and nose-ring has his watercolours out and is painting away. Every other table is taken; the customers are predominantly female.
Duck in orange sauce Bon appétit - Duck in Orange Sauce by Jean-Christophe Novelli Multi-starred Michelin chef Jean-Christophe Novelli shares some of his favourite recipes to celebrate the opening of his new Irish restaurant at Belfast's City Quays, where the menu includes classic French dishes given an Irish twist by delicious local produce.
Hazel Wallace released her debut book, Food Medic Recipes: Spicy Prawn and Chickpea stew with roasted garlic potatoes Dr Hazel Wallace hails from Co Louth and last year, the talented Irish woman, who is also a qualified personal trainer, took the healthy living world by storm with her debut book, The Food Medic, which offered her qualified, no-nonsense food, nutrition and fitness advice.
 
 
Home & Garden
 
Grange, Kilmore, Co Wexford €225,000 'I was smitten straight away' - Owner puts her beloved Wexford thatched cottage up for sale Words by Katy McGuinness The owner of Grange, a picture-perfect thatched cottage in Kilmore, Co Wexford, says that she fell in love with her house before she ever went inside.
Steven Jones his wife, Sasha, and their Great Dane, Wilson, in the kitchen Steven designed and built himself over six weekends. It has really stood the test of time, though Steven says the marble worktop dates it slightly. It has two Fisher & Paykel dishwashers - "One for each of the boys, Harry and Sam," he jokes Peek Inside: Businessman who designs kitchens shows us inside his 'labour of love' family home Money pit or labour of love? So many owners of old houses use one or other of those terms to describe their homes, and usually it's down to the personality of the person - whether he or she is the 'glass half-full' or 'glass half-empty' type.
BSoShape 17XX-08: Besound Shape by Bang & Olusfen Bang & Olufsen sponsor new Trend Talks stage at House 2018 Independent.ie Newsdesk Irish homeowners who dare to be bold are being celebrated at the House 2018 exhibition with the launch of a new Trend Talks stage.
Fiona McPhillips survived and thrived on her renovation. Photos: Ruth Everything you need to know about renovating your home Anyone who watches Room to Improve, Grand Designs or any of the other house makeover programmes we're obsessed with knows that each episode drives inevitably towards one climactic scene. It's the moment when the starry-eyed home-improver learns that their dream project has run over budget and something has to go.
 
 
Motoring
 
High mileage: Simon Delaney on RTÉ’s How’s Your Driving? Simon Delaney on cars and road rage: 'I do get the odd plank who shouts at me on the road' Simon Delaney Your current car - Love at first sight or just a means to get from A to B?
RX-appeal: The third-generation RX-7 FD model Iconic Mazda has RX-factor Brian Twomey In all honesty it was a daft idea. The Mazda RX-7 was ill-conceived from the start, poorly timed and based on an engineering concept that was fatally flawed. It was sold by a relative minnow in the global car industry and appealed to a niche audience that wanted a Porsche-like car but did not actually want a Porsche. Yet, despite all of this the RX-7 would survive as the only rotary-powered car on the market for many years, spawn a successful replacement, establish Mazda as the more daring of the domestic Japanese makers and gain an almost cult-like following amongst enthusiasts.
Polluters: The Government needs to look at taxation as a means of encouraging motorists to buy electric vehicles and reduce emissions. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire The demise of diesel but at what cost? Geraldine Herbert Sales of new diesel cars fell by 20pc in the first three months of the year. However, the declining sales could be to blame for an increase in average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for cars bought in Ireland.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Executive decisions Geraldine Herbert What's the best executive/family car for you? Our complete guide will help you to make the right choice
 
 
Travel
 
Irish Ferries' new €144m cruise ferry (artist's impression from front) Q&A: What are my rights if my ferry is cancelled or delayed? Pól Ó Conghaile Travel Editor Pól Ó Conghaile outlines your passenger rights.
Santorini, Greece Magic Monday: Santorini from €185pp in this week's Top 5 travel deals! Pól Ó Conghaile You might hate Monday, but you'll love our weekly pick of Ireland's top travel offers...
Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas ship created a spectacle when it called into Cobh over the May Bank Holiday weekend in 2012. MSC's Splendida is even larger. Dublin and Cork now rival Monaco and Naples as cruise ship ports of call Ralph Riegel Ireland is set for its 12th successive year of cruise liner growth with Dublin and Cork now rivalling such famous liner ports as Naples and Monaco.
One can't but be enthralled by the stunning views of Lough Ree, one of three major lakes on the river Shannon which is teeming with wildlife Athlone's Wineport wow-factor: Lakeside sanctuary from the storms Jody Corcoran After three days of snow and closed schools it was time to head for the hills. Well, to the lakes actually, in the midlands close to Athlone in County Westmeath.
 
 
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