Why do we love tear-jerking Christmas 'sadverts'?
The much-anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert has landed and speculation about Elton John's involvement has proven to be accurate as the ad charts his career right back to childhood and...
The much-anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert has landed and speculation about Elton John's involvement has proven to be accurate as the ad charts his career right back to childhood and...
As somebody who hasn't quite got to grips with budgeting, I'm always trying to glean pointers from people who are better at balancing the books.
Finding it hard to focus on your work without getting interrupted every three minutes? Japanese electronic giant, Panasonic, might have the...
It's one thing watching The Nutcracker's grand pas de deux dance from the comfort of a red velvet theatre seat. It's quite another thing seeing it from the sidelines of a dance studio in Dublin.Ballet...
This coming Friday is All Souls’ Day. It’s a holy day in the Catholic Church — a day when practicing Catholics commemorate the faithfully departed by praying for all the souls in purgatory.
Gwyneth Paltrow and TV producer Brad Falchuk tied the knot last week in an intimate wedding reception at the actress's Hamptons home.
Want to win friends and influence people? The trick, according to researchers at Harvard University, is to focus on the questions you ask, rather than the statements you make.
It's not often that you hear the expression 'think outside the box' these days.
Another day, another health campaign aimed at middle-aged drinkers. The alcopop-drinking teenagers of the 90s are all grown up now, but according to health authorities, their drinking habits haven't become more sensible with age. They've simply replaced the Bacardi Breezer drink promotions in the nightclub for the delights of French wine in the privacy of their sitting rooms.
As months go, September expects an awful lot from us. We're supposed to be rejuvenated after two weeks off, inspired after a stretch in a foreign country and energised enough to return to a regular fitness routine - and maybe even an evening class.
Cara and Chris Carter are parents to two children, Sophie (8) and Brandon (4). They live in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Cara is the founder of...
What do you say to a 35-year-old woman who has yet to have children? Absolutely nothing - if the reaction to Carrie Underwood's recent interview...
Former World No. 1 tennis player Andre Agassi was recently asked about the secret of his 17-year marriage to fellow sporting great, Steffi Graf.
If you've struggled to find a trouser suit that flatters your figure, this is the season to go shopping. For AW18, jackets come in all shapes and sizes: double-breasted, single-breasted, oversized, cropped, peplum and belted…
Confidence is arguably one of the most important factors that determines success, but there are times when it doesn't come so easily.
There was a time when Gary Egan was on the fence about ghosts and other spooky phenomena. He wouldn't have described himself as a believer, but he wasn't a disbeliever either. Then he got a job on the Ghostbus. The actor has been working as a theatrical guide on this 'tour of terror' for the last 13 years, and he says he has seen enough to make up his mind.
There's a bitterly cold weekend ahead, according to Met Eireann. The "cold arctic airmass" on its way to Ireland could bring hail, sleet and a risk of thunder - and while it might not be batten-down-the-hatches weather, it's definitely time to bring our winter woolies out of hibernation.
The term ‘gaslighting’ has become something of a buzzword in recent months — whether it’s a journalist describing the political machinations of President Donald Trump, or a Women’s Aid advocate outlining the insidious tactics used by emotional abusers.
There are a few of Irish traditions that are taking their last gasps.
Two distinct groups of Royal watcher have emerged in the last month.
How do you have a conversation with someone who is going to die? Do you focus on practical things like legalities and the funeral service? Do you eschew the dreaded d-word in favour of euphemisms that soften the blow? Or do you just pretend it's not happening and talk about the weather instead?
The end of the season is drawing near in Ibiza as the biggest clubs on the island get ready to go out with a bang… and thousands of seasonal workers prepare to go out with a whimper.
With the new school term just around the corner, the annual evening class rush has begun.
Girls creator Lena Dunham gave Twitter an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of her mind this week when she posted a list of potential baby names she dreamt up with former flame, the musician Jack Antonoff.
They split almost two years ago but the divorce battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is raging on as the former star couple try to get to grips with custody arrangements, child support and the distribution of assets.
Last year, fitness blogger Erin Thomas - aka 'Queen City Sweat' - took to Instagram to show her followers what happens when a healthy habit metamorphoses into a harmful addiction.
Blogger Cora Harrington got everyone talking earlier this week when her Twitter thread on 'thin privilege' went viral. Harrington, editor-in-chief of The Lingerie Addict, believes that thin people enjoy special advantages, and she used her own experiences as a slim woman to illustrate them.
Every month in Bray, Co Wicklow, a group of between 10 and 20 people come together to hug, snuggle and cuddle.
'I knew I wasn't like everyone else. I just didn't know what it was." We all go through stages of feeling like we don't fit in, but for Dubliner Aoife Dooley, it was more than a short-lived phase; it was a life-long hang-up.
There's a time and a place for white over-the-knee boots; ruffled trousers are a flagrant fire hazard and you might want to give the 'Super Trouper' disco poncho a miss for lunch with the in-laws.
We've long heard about the benefits of a good marriage - lower cholesterol, better heart health and increased longevity, to name but a few.
With his trademark bowler hat and black Converse shoes, BP Fallon looks every inch the rockstar as he poses for photographs in Dublin's Freemasons' Hall.
I've lost count of the number of younger people who have told me that their memory isn't what it once was.
As a self-proclaimed ‘California girl’, it was only a matter of time before Meghan Markle introduced Britain's Prince Harry to the joys of kale smoothies.
Another day, another photograph of Liz Hurley in a bikini. The latest shot was taken in the gardens of her Herefordshire mansion and shows her performing a modified starfish pose on a sun lounger (we don't understand it either).
If you've ever texted your partner from another room, you might want to take notice of Nicole Kidman's relationship rule.
The brutal Johnny Depp interview in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine has divided opinion. Some think the journalist took advantage of Depp's delicate mental state; others think the actor was simply the victim of his own ego.
They say life is a balancing act but I'm beginning to realise that 'act' is the operative work.
Is it ever okay to get with a friend's ex-partner? That's the question on everyone's lips this week after Ant McPartlin paired off with his personal assistant who, it transpires, was a friend of his estranged wife, Lisa Armstrong.
Meet Jen. She's a 38-year-old mum-of-two who knows a thing or two about pregnancy. Morning sickness, melasma, gestational diabetes - she's been there, done that, and she's happy to share her experiences with new mums. Jen is warm, funny and engaging, but there's something that you should know about her. She's not a real person. She's a robot.
Anyone who works in an office environment will know that there are dozens of business buzzwords that have lost all meaning.
She's alive! After a 24-day 'disappearance', Melania Trump has been found safe and well at a White House event to honour Gold Star families.
I recently attended a cookery course with a longer-than-average meet-and-greet session.
Wondering how to keep the candle burning bright in your romantic relationship?
Almost 50 years ago, Jilly Cooper wrote a guidebook aimed at the recently married. How To Stay Married had advice on sex, rows and in-laws, and even though the author had only been married to her late husband, Leo Cooper, for seven years when she wrote the book, it quickly became a bestseller.
Actress Jane Fonda has never denied having plastic surgery but, like many women of her generation, it isn't a topic she likes to talk about.
I'm not looking forward to the day that in-flight WiFi becomes readily, and cheaply, available on airplanes.
We quivered when he lifted her veil. We swooned when they kissed on the chapel steps. We pored over every tiny detail that emerged from their wedding reception.
A friend of mine recently described a concert he attended as a "religious experience" so intense that he burst into tears during the finale.
At 11.59am tomorrow, Meghan Markle will arrive at the west steps of St George's Chapel and give the world the first glimpse of her bridal gown.
In an EastEnders-worthy will-he-won't-he? turn of events, Thomas Markle, father of Meghan, was last night reported to have backtracked on his plans to miss out on his daughter's wedding.
"When you judge another," said the late author Earl Nightingale, "you do not define them, you define yourself."
Millennials don’t get it easy. They’ve been maligned as the ‘Snowflake Generation’; criticised for their apparent lack of workplace nous and blamed for destroying everything from bricks-and-mortar retail to dinner dates and cursive writing.
In less than two weeks, Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle with Prince Harry in what is surely the most anticipated TV event of the year.
I’M barely in the door of the BeDo7 head office when the gaffer makes himself known. There’s a brief stand-off, a once-over and a few cursory sniffs before Hugo the chow-chow succumbs to the rubs and tickles.
A friend of mine, a fellow yogi, was recently asked to demonstrate a yoga posture during a class.
Once there, she found the patriarchal culture challenging and the poverty devastating, but the bond she made with the Maasai women is something she'll treasure forever, she tells our reporter.
It's less than a month until the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment and uncertainty abounds.
It was business as usual for Kate Middleton as she stood on the steps of St Mary's Hospital and introduced her third child to the world on Monday evening.
We often hear about the hidden costs of hosting a wedding (cake-cutting, corkage, etc) but less is said about the hidden costs of attending a wedding, especially for certain guests.
Love is in the air, peonies are in season and gilt-edged invites are beginning to stack up.
Francis Brennan has always enjoyed the finer things in life: Egyptian cotton, China tea cups and, as he revealed in a recent interview, living alone. "I've lived on my own now for 55 or so years," said the hotelier and TV personality, "and I have got very used to my own ways."
The tests came back clear. You don't have coeliac disease or gluten-intolerance and there's no evidence of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
Trying to get fit? You're not trying hard enough, according to Halle Berry who has recently transitioned into an Instagram Fitspo star with an unashamedly militant streak.
Festival season gets underway in a few months and tickets are selling like hot cakes.
I once spent six months looking for a sofa. Furniture showrooms were searched, custom sofa websites were scanned and, still, I couldn't find anything that hit the hat-trick of comfort, style and value.
You cut out the complex carbs. You exercised three times a week. You even took the time to weigh 30g of nuts for your mid-morning snack. But now, months after embarking on the latest fad diet, you've noticed that the weight you lost is slowly, but surely, creeping back on.
The once-troubled marriage of Beyoncé and Jay-Z looks like it's stronger than ever after the couple announced that they'll be hitting the road together for a worldwide tour in June.
An 'attitude of gratitude' has emerged as the antidote to modern ills in recent years.
We get our eyes tested, our blood pressure checked and our cholesterol monitored. Our hearing health, on the other hand, is often overlooked.
Two distinct camps of people emerged during Snowmageddon. The first group, the forward thinkers, fetched shovels from their sheds and bought enough bread to last a week. The second group, the pleasure seekers, kept themselves busy sending memes, building igloos and turning laundry baskets into DIY sleighs. It's obvious which group Bláthnaid Treacy falls into...
Yet another couple have been reported to the name police in France - this time for trying to call their baby girl Liam.
Liz Cusack wasn't especially concerned when she noticed a rash on her legs and arms in 2006. It was probably an allergic reaction to laundry detergent, she surmised. Or maybe it was the stress of the upcoming Leaving Certificate.
There was a time - and it wasn't that long ago - when the word 'productivity' was used to describe labour and output.
The Beast from the East is here and, once again, Irish people are proving that there is no such thing as calm before a storm.
Niamh Bonner always knew she wanted to do something altruistic after she qualified as a nurse. She saw herself volunteering in Africa but the pressure to meet mortgage repayments and the precarious nature of work kept her and her now-husband David closer to home shores.
Actress Gabrielle Union recently revealed that she makes a vision board displaying her dreams, hopes and ambitions, every year.
The online market for highly-addictive benzodiazepines is booming, but what effect is it having on our health? Katie Byrne reports on Ireland’s love affair with sedatives
The cultural shift of the #MeToo movement has made us all sit up and rethink the way we behave in the workplace. Men and women are talking more openly about what constitutes sexual harassment at work (and why a mug emblazoned with 'Office Perv' might not be the best choice of Kris Kindle gift…).
How much do you earn? It should be a straightforward enough question when we reveal our relationship status on Facebook and our dinner plans on Twitter.
The typical competitive figure skater tends to follow a certain trajectory. They start when they are very young; they train consistently and relentlessly and they have easy access to a local ice rink that becomes their home from home.
A rose is a rose is a rose, wrote the late Gertrude Stein, but any woman who has lived through enough Valentine’s Days will know that not every rose is created equal.
A rose is a rose is a rose, wrote the late Gertrude Stein, but any woman who has lived through enough Valentine's Days will know that not every rose is created equal.
Ten years ago, mindfulness was something of a fringe activity promoted by New Age types and yoga practitioners. These days, it's a mainstream movement that is helping an increasing number of people to manage stress and cope with the breakneck speed of modern life.
They say a house renovation always costs more than you had budgeted and takes longer than you anticipated.
Twitter craic merchant NasMaraj caught the mood of the moment last week when he posted a viral tweet about the month that won't go away.
Have you ever taken the time to think back upon the decisions you made while under stress, or wondered what role tension may have played in conflicts and disagreements?
The late writer Nora Ephron had plenty of wisdom to impart when she addressed the graduates of private women's college Wellesley, in Boston, in 1996, but one line in particular stood out. "Above all," she said to the women seated in front of her, "be the heroine of your life, not the victim."
Did you smile for just a little bit too long at the handsome barista who passed you your coffee this morning? Did you steal a glance at your ex's Facebook page to break the monotony of the long bus journey? Did you forget, for even the briefest of moments, that you shouldn't show interest in anyone other than your beloved?
Today is Blue Monday, purportedly the most depressing day of the year, but actually a protracted PR stunt that gained ground through pseudo-science and click-baiting.
We always look for new and novel ways to shift the festive pounds in January, hence the glut of diet books at the top of best-seller lists and the sudden interest in the latest fitness trends.
How do you stand out at an event where the dress code is all black? That was clearly the question on many minds ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes, where most of the attendees wore black in a show of solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
If you're one of the unfortunate women trying to buy Cystopurin today, you've probably discovered by now that your local pharmacy is out of stock.
Comedian and actress Deirdre O'Kane didn't have to think twice when she was asked to take part in the second season of RTÉ's Dancing with the Stars. Her answer was an emphatic and unequivocal no. Not now, not ever. No, no and no.
And so it's almost time to atone for our festive sins by drawing up the annual list of unachievable New Year's resolutions.
In a week's time, Christmas will be over and we'll all be thinking towards our New Year's resolutions. A few days later and our social media feeds will be clogged up with the digital manifestos of friends and family members announcing their personal goals and plans to join Crossfit.
The most wonderful time of the year can also throw up all sorts of health hazards and seasonal stressors. We've rounded up a group of well-being experts to find out how to enjoy a happy - and healthy - Christmas.
It's around this time of the year that companies start rolling out their employee performance appraisals. These one-on-one reviews can be daunting, but most employees that are managed well will agree that they are practical and, for the most part, helpful.
Do you need to invite the neighbours? What should you give the host? And how do you clear everyone out when you're ready for bed? We asked some of Ireland's seasoned party animals to share their wisdom...
Do you know those bumbling dads who inadvertently put red socks into the white wash, and unwittingly dress their children in Halloween costumes?
Christmas is supposed to be the season of goodwill and cheer, but as the singer Kesha recently pointed out in an essay for TIME magazine, it doesn't always have that effect.
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Every family has their own time-honoured Christmas traditions. Some go sea swimming on Christmas morning; some don't get out of their pyjamas for the entire day.
Meghan Markle said she had just one question for the friend who set her up with Prince Harry: "Is he nice?"
The engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been billed as a game-changing, ground-breaking shift for the Royal Family.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but the pioneering Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme, now in its 10th year, makes it a little easier to bear. Those coping with the loss of a loved one tend not to remember the finer details of the hospital experience; yet they never forget if their loved one's last days weren't handled with the respect and reverence they deserved.
Can a couple ever overcome an infidelity? That was the question on everyone's lips when The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra announced their separation after 20 years of marriage.
The term 'anti-ageing' is slowly falling out of favour in the beauty industry. US-based magazine Allure recently banned the term from its pages. Meanwhile, there is an emerging trend towards products that promote vitality rather than youth, and a change of shift from 'defying' ageing, to accepting it as a natural process.
Sometimes, when trying to overcome all-consuming emotions, it helps to reframe them... or at least peel away the layers to examine what's underneath.
What should canny investors put their money into next year? Cryptocurrencies? Lithium stocks? Property in Bucharest?
When we think of the self-development movement, our thoughts usually turn to the current crop of oratorical grandstanders who pound up and down convention centre stages, evangelising into detachable microphones.
The world is divided into two types of people: those who giddily tune into Christmas FM on November 28 of each year; and those who lose the will to live when they hear Mariah Carey explaining that she doesn't want a lot for Christmas for the third time that day.
Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power isn't a book that you want to be seen reading in public. It's not just because the book's bright red cover and flagrant title will attract attention, rather because the controversial content divides opinion.
Groucho Marx once opined that "a man's only as old as the woman he feels".
Artists who don’t like to be interviewed generally fall into one of two camps. The first group subjects the interviewer to monosyllabic answers, silences that seem to go on for days and an occasional weary sigh, just for effect. The second camp are much more obliging. They may not...