Getting started: Your essential monthly wedding checklist
There is nothing quite as soothing as a good to-do list when faced with the planning of your wedding.
There is nothing quite as soothing as a good to-do list when faced with the planning of your wedding.
Baking fanatic Catherine Buggy was working in Human Resources when she noticed a gap in the market for high-end, gourmet baking mixes.
Wicklow couple John McGee and Riva O'Malley are on a mission to revolutionise minerals and mixers.
When sisters Malindi and Elena Demery from Blackrock, launched Freddy Ireland two years ago, they knew that they were on to a winner -but...
Our reporter asked Dr David Keegan, consultant ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospital, what we can do to reduce and even halt the effects of many serious sight complaints
Like many genius business ideas, The Irish Fairy Door Company began with a simple conversation between friends. A year before this life-changing conversation, Niamh Sherwin-Barry, a wedding singer and her best friend Aoife Lawler, who worked in Mental Health, found a curio shop in Upstate New York, while visiting Niamh's brother-in-law.
In 2012, Maria Ryan had just made a big change in her life. A decade after 'falling into' a career in finance, she and her husband moved back to his home place of Tullow in Co Carlow.
When it comes to being assertive, many of us will find ourselves wanting at some point, if not all of our lives. The perception is that a lucky few have been blessed with assertive natures from birth and/or assertive parents on which to model themselves, and this has created a certain mystery around the trait, making it a sort of Holy Grail in terms of human behaviour.
Regular sleep loss has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and stroke, not to mention a reduction in life expectancy. So how can we improve our sleep and just how much of it do we need? Our reporter asked sleep expert Breege Leddy
A quick nap has been proven to increase energy and to improve mood and performance. However, British sleep coach Nick Littlehales - the man behind the sleep schedules of many elite athletes and top footballers, including Cristiano Ronaldo - believes that power-napping is often disregarded and even frowned upon in our increasingly turned-on, 24/7 lifestyles.
When an ESRI report revealed in 2005 that just one in five Irish women were meeting the National Activity Guidelines of 30 minutes of exercise a day, the Irish Sports Council stepped up with the Women in Sport programme. By 2013, this figure had increased to one in three, with reports of 43pc...
The owner of one of Dublin's most eclectic boutiques Om Diva and its more recent sister store 2nd Space, Ruth Ni Loinsigh, travels the world...
Fashion designer and tech entrepreneur Sonya Lennon on what being a mother to 11-year-old twins Finn and Evie has taught her.
Madonna may have introduced the world to the concept of Vogueing back in 1990, but Londoner Juliet Murrell has gone one step further, fusing the very essence of the hit classic and its fashion-...
Skelligs Chocolate may be into its second decade in business, but it has been one hell of a journey for current owner Colm Healy, who bought the factory's founders out in 2004.
Last September, when the majority of other final year university students started battening down the hatches for their last few months before life 'the real world', Jack Parsons (21) launched his O'Kale Krisps, tasty crisp snacks made from organic kale.
Baba Box is the brainchild of marketing maestro turned mumtrepreneur Sarah Walsh, who returned to Ireland in 2015, after a decade working in London.
The Green Barn is more than just a restaurant; it is an experience, which has been carefully crafted by Burtown House custodians James and Joanna Fennell. Burtown House, an early Georgian villa, was built near Ballitore in Co Kildare in 1710, and has been passed down through a number of generations to the Fennell family - four generations of whom currently call Burtown home.
Dawn Behan and her partner Aidan Cunnane, who opened Woodbine Books in a small Kildare town at the end of September, are living the dream.
Understanding Christmas can be a tall order for children - once they have their heads around a man in a red suit getting down the chimney, they are expected to make sense of chaotic Christmas shopping, frantic festive family get-togethers and a deluge of gifts. Our reporter asks the experts for tips on how you can make this festive season a balanced, enjoyable and tantrum-free time for your little ones
In 2012, Fiona Craul and Susan Dempsey joined forces to create Sweetspot, a company that provides product-sourcing solutions for Irish brands; guiding clients from the design to completion stage, while charting the waters of manufacturing, quality control and export and import logistics en route.
In 2006, husband and wife, Joe and Caroline Daly started to explore different methods of bringing added value to their third-generation dairy farm on Valentia Island. "There was nobody else making ice cream in south Kerry at the time, and ice cream is a lovely commodity. Ice cream, as opposed to cheese, has a quick production rate, so that's why we went in that direction," says Caroline, who is also primary school teacher.
With more and more modern consumers exploring natural options to replace skincare products often laden with harsh chemicals, Ri na Mara, a small, family-owned, Connemara-based company is giving many of the beauty industry bigwigs a run for their money.
Cognikids is the brainchild of Ollwyn Moran, a former teacher, developmental therapist and mother of two, whose lightning bolt moment has inspired a variety of unique and innovative products to aid the early stages of child development.
'I wasn't the type of girl who would be confident on stage; that wasn't me," says Lisa Dee, somewhat ironically, of her first bikini contest.
The art of ballet may attract a 'get 'em while they're young' type, but pliés and pirouettes are not just for youngsters. Just ask former Spice Girl and fashion designer, Victoria Beckham, who credited ballet classes for her flexibility when she Instagrammed a photo of her leg lifted over her head last March; or 71-year-old British retiree Doreen Pechey, who made headlines last month when she...
In 2010, Rena Maycock and Feargal Harrington launched Intro, a professional matchmaking agency, offering a modern take on the tradition to facilitate meaningful dating in a market which had become saturated with poorly-monitored dating websites and littered with broken hearts and shattered egos.
New research suggests that for optimum health of both body and mind, the key is to go with your gut. From everything from bloating, to a better night's sleep, and even weight loss, here are 15 ways to manage your gut.
A little over two years ago, YouTube beauty vlogger Melanie Murphy (27) from Skerries, Co Dublin, posted a video to her channel about her struggle with reoccurring bouts of acne throughout her teens and adult years.
Irish parents need to stop encouraging their children to attend third-level education straight after secondary school, according to the General Secretary of The Education and Training Boards (ETBs) Michael Moriarty.
A little over five years ago, businessman Emmet Savage, now the CEO of Moocall, was approached by farmer Niall Austin with an innovative idea.
She may be a contortionist, but Kate Finegan (25) does not like to put herself into boxes. The Meath native, who made Dublin her home after finishing her degree in drama and Irish at Trinity College, has been on an interesting fitness journey over these past few years.
Talented GAA players, who from their late teens have endured an endless regime of training and playing for club, college and county, are suffering irreparable hip damage by their mid 20s, one of the country's leading orthopaedic surgeons says.
Hugh McNally is the fourth generation of his family to run Morrissey's Bar and Restaurant in Doonbeg, Co. Clare - and it is a legacy he is determined to both progress and protect.
Chanting is not the first thing you think of these days when someone mentions yoga, but it is an integral part of what the practice has to offer according to broadcaster and newly qualified yoga instructor, Síle Seoige.
It has been a little over three years since businessman, former reality TV star and radio DJ Ray Shah opened his first sports nutrition store, Bodyfirst Nutrition in Clontarf.
The road to recovery following mental illness is long and winding. In other cases, it’s a road less travelled. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his early twenties, Éanna Walsh discovered a beneficial but nonetheless unusual recovery outlet: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
The road to recovery following mental illness is long and winding. In other cases, it's a road less travelled. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his early twenties, Éanna Walsh discovered a beneficial but nonetheless unusual recovery outlet: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
The organiser of six beauty pageants due to take place in Dublin on one day in October has defended the inclusion of two children's categories.
As more and more women wait later in life to become pregnant, Spain has become a major international destination for fertility treatments because of new treatments and techniques as well as soft-touch legislation in relation to anonymous egg donation.
Even after more than 20 years in showbusiness, model and actress Vivienne Connolly admits she has to dig deep to motivate herself to workout. "I get bored very easily. Absolutely everybody has days when they really don't want to do anything at all, even people who are mad into their fitness.
Wicklow Rose Jane Harrison (26) had battled with her weight most of her life. In February 2011, however, aged 21 and weighing 23 stone, she had gastric band surgery to assist her weight-loss.
Kildare Farm Foods, which is based at David Sexton's third generation family farm in Rathmuck, Co Kildare, is no ordinary business.
With the HSE Steps to Health Gold Award already under their belts, the Ballymahon-Forgney Community Games organisation recently went on to take the top spot in the National Overall Community Games Area Awards.
From the moment Australian Brock Lewin first pulled a shot of coffee in 1993, while at University in Sydney, speciality coffee became a fascination for him. However, it was not until he spent a few years living in Melbourne, a city renowned for its vibrant coffee culture, that Brock's passion really began to take off.
'It is full on," says UTV Ireland news anchor Alison Comyn of her hectic day-to-day-schedule. "I am up for about 7am every morning to get my two children ready for school. During the week, it is the only time in the day that I see them, so even though I could possibly stay and have a lie on and let my husband do the morning bit, I want to see them and I want to spend that time with them."
Mark Twain once wrote that 'no real estate is permanently valuable but the grave' - yet many of us go through life refusing to consider the practicalities of death until we are forced to do so.
"It's all well and good to talk about his views on world politics, but that's not much use to a young lad around here whose only hope of a job is up at the hotel," explained a Doonbeg farmer.
Meet the 77-year-old jogger Joan Brady, who has taken part in the event for the last 33 years
Noelle Healy is just finished a 12-hour shift in the Mater Hospital when we meet. She qualified as a doctor in early 2015 and is currently in her intern year.
Fears have emerged for the future of motorsport in Ireland ahead of the implementation of an EU Court ruling expected in October, which could make the sport an 'uninsurable risk' in the eyes of insurers.
It will be one of the most special gardens at the tenth annual Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park and will ultimately become a place of sanctuary for those displaced by the bloody warfare of the Middle East.
A little over a year and a half ago, nutritionist and mother-of-four Joanne Davey began producing her own line of artisan Paleo and high protein foods. Her company - Joanne's Absolute Nutrition - is now going from strength to strength in an increasingly over saturated and cut-throat health food market. So just what is the secret of this 36-year-old nutritionist?
People are very keen to give you advice ahead of your wedding day.
Gearoid Lynch has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens around the globe - from Thornton's and Le Coq Hardi in Dublin, to Pied a Terre in London and Lea Linster in Luxembourg - but bringing his fine dining skills back home to Cavan has been his ultimate dream come true.
This June will be a particularly special month for Nicole Redmond from Dundrum, not only will she mark 22 years of running the Women's Mini Marathon, but Nicole will also be celebrating her 40th birthday.
Fitness is not a fad for Laura Scanlon, it is and always has been a state of mind. Laura began running at the tender age of eight and has been adding different strings to her fitness bow ever since.
The ability to have children is something which many of us take for granted, until of course we are faced with fertility issues. This was certainly the case for Alison Reede (43), who admits that she simply assumed that, aged 35, she would have a honeymoon baby just like her mother did before her.
June 6 will be a poignant day for Meath resident Adrienne Roche (48), as she takes part in her first Vhi's Women's Mini Marathon alongside her 28-year-old daughter Avril. Over the last five years, Adrienne has wanted to take part in the event, however, this year will be the first time she is well enough to do so following her battle with breast cancer.
The fashion industry, the major department stores and high-street chains are often accused of ignoring women of a certain age. Very little noise is made about the lack of clothing options - both designer and high street - for women whose bodies do not fit the 'standard sizing' mould, which can vary drastically between brands, but generally enjoys one commonality: it rarely caters adequately for larger women.
Problem skin is not just for teenagers, thousands of adults are now presenting with acne each year. According to a survey by Whatclinic.com, a combination of hormones, stress, poor diets and pollution is contributing to a more than 200pc rise across the UK and Ireland in the number of adults seeking specialist treatment for acne. So why are we not talking more about it more?
Pinterest can be a blessing and a curse for a bride-to-be.
Powerlifter and budding CrossFit star Mickella Gill (17) leads an action-packed life. As well as having to study for her upcoming Leaving Certificate exams and attend school, Mickella is dedicated to her gruelling daily training schedule. And with five training sessions a week at one of Ireland's leading strength and conditioning facilities The Performance and Fitness Academy (TPFA), and two more...
The Dublin Honey Project, the joint brainchild of architect Gearóid Carvill and photographer Kieran Harnett, is both a passion project and small business revolution all rolled into one. But when your workforce is governed by nature, the only approach one can take is to adapt and work with it.
Last May, Dubliner Greg Callaghan made headlines when he won the Irish leg of the Enduro mountain biking World Series, aged just 24. Almost immediately following the triumph, however, Greg was injured during a training session, which impacted the rest of his season. Despite the setback, he managed to finish the year at number 10, and hopes to build on this progress throughout the 2016...
Ann Skelly (19) has always wanted to be screen star, so despite the fact that her family — who are originally from Killester — were living in Wexford, the then 15-year-old took it upon herself to travel to Dublin city by train every Saturday to attend classes at the Irish Film Academy.
There is nothing quite as soothing as a good to-do list when faced with the planning of your wedding.
'It was a real leap of faith," Lee Tracey, 32, from Dublin says of the decision she made a little over four years ago, to pack in her permanent and pensionable job in the financial services sector, and travel the world, with the sole aim of growing her knowledge of both yoga and herself.
Let's face it, you've all thought about it at one time or another.
If you are in the market for a little fitness inspiration, then look no further than CrossFit and Gymnastics coach Ornagh Lee's Instagram account @ornagh_morechalk, which provides a dizzying array of bendy contortions. However, it's not as easy as it looks, many of these poses take years of training and require huge strength, flexibility and practice.
Adrian Errity's Twitter bio ends with the following three words: "diversify or die". And it's a common business adage, signalling the peril of standing still in an ever changing market.
We have all heard birth-related horror stories, but how many times have you witnessed someone discussing the process positively? Very few I would wager, if at all.
Easkey Britton (29) is an internationally renowned, pioneering big-wave surfer from Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal, with surfing in her blood.
S ome people may be familiar with actor Sean Mahon as the villainous Sergeant Brian McGonigle in TV3's hit series Red Rock, others know him from his role in the award-winning film Philomena. However, few are aware that for years, while Sean struggled to make a name for himself in the acting world, he was paying his bills by working as one of Hollywood's top fitness trainers.
Solicitor and European bronze medal cross-country winner Caroline Crowley (27) took up running in 2012. That same year she began her first novice cross-country season, but was soon plagued by injury. One of the factors was down to an undiagnosed gluten intolerance, which meant her protein and iron levels were so low her body wasn't strong enough to keep up with her new-found fitness regime.
There is little doubt that Ireland has experienced something of a coffee revolution over the last five years, but for non-urban dwellers, finding good coffee can often be the Holy Grail.
Whether you are a cautious gymaphobe or a Rocky-esque force of newly found motivation this New Year, here are some common beginners’ mistakes to avoid.
Everyone strives to make their wedding a little different from those that have gone before, but there are some key elements, which all great big days have in common. We chatted with Wedding Expert Blaithin O’Reilly Murphy to find out how to make your big day stand out from the crowd.
Rathfarnham native Suzanne McGovern left the corporate world to work with the DSPCA, writes Joanna Kiernan
Did your other half pop the question over Christmas? Try not to get bogged down just yet and follow our guide to making the most of pre-marital bliss.
About a year ago, I was summoned to my parents home to remove a box of what I like to call my ‘treasures’ (aka years worth of my hoarding).
The rise of CrossFit and similar ‘Strength and Conditioning’ style gyms around Ireland has been a major phenomenon over the last few years, with many followers taking on an almost evangelical position on this unique corner of fitness world.
Mulled wine, mince pies and all the trimmings - the party season can wreak havoc on our waistlines, so when it comes to their training regimes, we asked some of Ireland's fittest women if they plan on being naughty or nice this Christmas...
From the moment Katie McAnena (29) was introduced to windsurfing 15 years ago at her local windsurfing centre in Rusheen Bay, Co Galway, she was hooked.
Ten years ago Niall Munnelly's life was very different to what it is now. These days Niall (34) runs one of the largest and most successful strength and conditioning gyms in the country, the Performance and Fitness Academy in Co Kildare. However, just a decade ago, Niall was suffering from depression, regular panic attacks and he was planning to take his own life.
As the festive season becomes more than just an expensive little blip on the horizon and the invites beginning to flood in, you may find yourself involuntarily totting up the damage with every passing RSVP.
First dates can be tricky, paranoia filled affairs.
Being asked to be the best-man at a wedding is a huge honour.
Planning a wedding is no small feat, regardless of the size of said celebration.
The only time in my life I had ever made a Christmas pudding before this was as part of a very large group effort.
When she was a child, Jenny Claffey decided she wanted to win at Wimbledon. The pro-tennis player now trains six days a week, every morning, afternoon and evening.
At 28 and 29 respectively, Vinnie Quinn and Marco Herbst had already made well over their first million each following the €2.5m acquisition of their company Jobs.ie (which started as Nixers.com) by the Denis O'Brien owned Saongroup.com.
Weddings have a fantastic way of uniting people.
Whatever inspires you to make a healthy lifestyle change by eating right and working out, little can prepare you for the onslaught of sugar cravings, soreness and sweat. So much sweat.
After a relaxing summer holidays at home in her native Cork, Orla O'Reilly is back in Spain for her third season with Division One Spanish side CB Bembibre.
Fat and sugar-laden diets and no exercise mean that children as young as six are 'switching on' the genes for cancer, diabetes and heart disease in later life, a leading expert has warned.
Getting married is stressful.
Weddings shouldn't be all about money, but unless your betrothed is an old billionaire with a bad cough, it will be a very big consideration.
So, you're going to be a bridesmaid?
Gerald Costello of Costellos Brewing Company in Kilkenny is on a mission to re-establish the city's traditional brewing reputation. With the closure of the historic St. Francis Abbey brewery in the city in 2013, and Smithwicks production thereafter relocated to Diageo's Dublin site, Gerald found himself lamenting the loss of the local craft.
If you are not yet familiar with writer Louise O'Neill, you soon will be. The 30-year-old's second book, Asking For It, has just been released to rave reviews and talks are already under way about a film adaptation of her first book Only Ever Yours.
Chris Feld, a Dublin-based personal trainer, neuromuscular therapist and yoga and pilates teacher, is also a former athlete and dancer - and a vegan. From bodybuilding to sports aerobics, Chris (45) has had a colourful and interesting fitness past, the best elements of which she now incorporates into her methods, with functional training and advanced flexibility techniques her top priorities.
Over the last decade, many fitness concepts and methods, which promote more primal movements and eating patterns, have emerged. These days, however, fitness experts are looking to animals for the next step in the constantly evolving sphere of strength and mobility training.
Serial technology entrepreneur Andrew MacFarlane is passionate about the use of technology to improve home care.
Many of us feel the urge to write a book at some stage in our lives, yet so few of us will actually act on this and even fewer will get published when they do succeed in producing said manuscript. So how does one succeed at becoming a bestselling novelist these days?
Over the last year, singer and songwriter Declan O'Rourke has been taking a novel approach to getting his music out to the masses: by releasing a free song each month to his website subscribers.
Dylan Bradshaw has been one of Ireland's top hairdressers for more than two decades.
It is lunch time on Friday and Darren Dillon's Kickstart gym in Tallaght is packed with eager students, some of whom make their way after the classes into the facilities' on-site healthy eating café.
Meeting Oliver Callan is a bizarre experience. You are never quite sure which of his characters from Enda Kenny and Imelda May to Pat Kenny and Des Cahill, might appear at any moment. As we settle in for our chat in the Merrion Hotel, however, the man behind the hilarious mask begins to emerge.
When the one-time yoga teacher was accused of being too tough on clients in class, Svava Sigbertsdottir invented The Viking Method - a multi-disciplinary, functional approach to fitness with a focus on feeling faster and stronger.
Madeline Mulqueen (24) does not let her jet-setting lifestyle get in the way of her workout routine - she has created her own home-workout that she can do in a hotel bedroom, while wearing her pyjamas if needs be.
Wicklow entrepreneur Ronan Clarke spent a decade managing a successful multi-million euro construction business before the light bulb moment which led him to create Smarter Surfaces, the company which he founded first as Smart Wall Paint in 2011.
For Pamela Flood, age is simply a number. Now aged 43, the former Miss Ireland, broadcaster, model and mum is fitter and healthier than she has ever been before and is looking forward to the birth of her third child.
When writer and actor Kate Thompson, who is back with a new book under the pen name Kate Beaufoy, came around to the dedication of her latest historical novel - her 15th book to date - she was running out of names on which she could bestow the honour.
On the same night as the richest fight in boxing history was taking place between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas recently, Irish pro-fighter Christina McMahon was busy becoming the world's latest boxing champion.