Lentil soup and hemp sandals could soon be a distant memory for animal lovers. Between plant burgers that 'bleed' and fake leather, going veggie has never been easier. Perhaps that's why new figures from Bord Bia show that 8pc of Irish people are now vegetarian, while 2pc are vegan.
Be afraid - be very afraid. Glitter pumpkin bums are the latest trend taking over Instagram. But there doesn't have to be a full moon to look spooktacular this Halloween. Nightmarish nuns, Fortnite characters, deadly dinosaurs and killer clowns are just some of the characters tipped to turn up on doorsteps across the country this October 31.
There's just one more day until 'Rose of Tralee' invariably trends on Twitter. Marking the official end of the Irish summer, the live spectacular taking place on RTÉ One at 8pm this Monday and Tuesday night has become as immutable a fixture in the national television calendar as The Late Late Toy Show. For Roscommon Rose Deirdre Cribbin, however, the journey to the Dome began more than two decades ago, when she first sat glued to the TV event as a child.
Once upon a time, if you mentioned Tinder in polite company you'd have been met with a couple of sharply raised eyebrows. Since it launched nearly five years ago in the US, the infamous dating app, with its brutal 'swipe right if you like it' philosophy, fast became synonymous with hook-up culture and quickly cemented its reputation as the app of choice for Millennials seeking nothing more than a quick fling.
During a recent trip to Dublin, British author Laura James made a beeline for the Brown Thomas accessories hall. Her book, Odd Girl Out, had just been snapped up by an American publisher, and to celebrate, her husband, Tim, treated her to a designer handbag. Sitting down for a coffee with me afterwards, she says it's something that probably would have sent her into a complete meltdown not so long ago.
Legend has it that if you play with fire, you get burned -and as king of the barbecue, Christian Stevenson certainly hasn't escaped unsinged. "Oh gosh, man, my whole arm going down the inside has got marks everywhere," he laughs. "As careful as I am, when you're smoking meat for 18 hours constantly - because that's how long it takes for our pulled pork to be ready - you make stupid mistakes and you get little singes here and there. But I haven't lost any digits or appendages, knock on wood!"
Ladies' Day is set to take on a whole new meaning at this year's Fairyhouse Easter Festival. The three-day horse racing spectacular kicks off at the world-famous Meath racecourse next Sunday. But one group of women will be donning helmets - not hats - as they bid to stand out from the crowd.
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