The reality of being a foster parent: 'It brings out compassion... but we had forgotten about the night feeds!'
John O'Haire and Ruth Brennan always knew that they wanted to become foster parents.
John O'Haire and Ruth Brennan always knew that they wanted to become foster parents.
It can be hard to keep up with all the alcohol-free months that are being added to the cultural calendar.
Celebrities will always try their best not to talk about cosmetic surgery, so it came as a surprise on Tuesday when not one, but two female...
It's hard to imagine Meg Mathews, the former wife of Oasis star Noel Gallagher and a key member of the Primrose Hill party set of the nineties, suffering from social anxiety. Yet for three months in...
I’ve conducted some strange interviews in my time, but nothing quite tops my encounter with Shaman Durek.
Keen to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expand their brood? Well, you probably shouldn't hold your breath: Harry says he and his wife want two children "maximum" - and he's not for turning.
They say there's no accounting for taste but as common an adage as that may be, it transpires that not everyone agrees with the sentiment.
It's all kicking off on Love Island, as a series of tiffs, twists and tantrums finally gives viewers the drama they've been waiting for. I only started watching the show last week, and while I'm still trying to get my head around the culture and customs of the Majorcan villa, I'm also struggling to understand why I'm glued to the screen every night.
Women’s bodies and what they choose to do with them have long been a source of societal fascination. An abiding interest in the female capacity to reproduce has frequently been the subject of intrusive public speculation.
Pamela Anderson didn't mince her words when she announced her split from French football player Adil Rami earlier this week. In a lengthy Instagram caption, the former Baywatch star accused Rami of cheating on her and alleged that he subjected her to "physical and emotional torture" during their two-year relationship.
The idea of a reluctant sex symbol might seem like a contradiction in terms, but that's exactly how actress-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Alba...
It never takes long for an emerging fashion trend to gather pace and become a fully-fledged retail category.
When Anne Hathaway celebrated the third birthday of her son, Jonathan, last month, she didn’t...
It was around this time last year that Allergan, the makers of Botox, announced plans to target a previously untapped market.
Kudos to Cheryl for telling it as it is during a recent magazine interview.
It was all too easy to make assumptions when recent headlines announced that Will Smith and wife Jada had staged an "intervention" for their son Jaden. The 21-year-old rapper is an LA native and a red-carpet regular - and when we hear the word intervention in a Hollywood context, we immediately suspect substance abuse.
It seems strange to mourn the disappearance of something that doesn't actually exist, but that doesn't make me any less sad to discover that children's imaginary friends may be in danger of dying out.
It's nearly three years since the Me Too campaign catalysed a global movement, and change continues apace. Men in power are rethinking their behaviour, masculinity is gradually being redefined and male sexual entitlement is now discussed in classrooms, boardrooms and bedrooms.
The brilliant Who Do You Think You Are? is back on TV screens, and the stories are as engrossing as ever.
It looks like things are finally getting a shake-up at Victoria's Secret. Last week the lingerie giant hired Valentina Sampaio, their first transgender model. A few days later, it emerged that their CMO Edward Razek - the man who said the brand would never hire a "transsexual" model - was leaving the company.
If Love Island has taught us anything, it's that holiday expectations don't always go to plan.
It's 7pm on Friday evening and I'm unwinding after a long week's work. I haven't followed the after-work crowd to the nearest pub. I haven't collapsed on the couch for a marathon of Netflix viewing and online shopping.
TV presenter Gráinne Seoige voiced an all-too-common dilemma when she admitted that she and fiancé Leon Jordaan agonised over the location for their upcoming wedding.
Twice a week, *Sarah Conway starts her day with a strong cup of coffee, a bowl of buckwheat porridge and approximately 10-15 micrograms of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
Actor Rob Lowe shared one of the most traumatic experiences of his life during a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, but you'll probably struggle to guess exactly what it entailed.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the female life cycle was grouped into segments.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Nadia Forde was everywhere. The doe-eyed beauty was the photocall model of the moment. Then she was the queen of the reality TV circuit. And then, all of a sudden, she seemed to disappear.
It was surprising to see a number of brands get into the spirit of April Fools' Day on Monday.
Mel B's sex revelation was designed to take her bandmate down a few notches.
It was around this time 20 years ago that America's sweetheart, Julia Roberts arrived on the red carpet for the London premiere of Notting Hill.
Anyone who has binge-watched an entire Netflix series in one sitting will know that the habit comes with health consequences. Insomnia, eye strain, lethargy - not to mention the 1,600 kcals of empty carbs consumed in the process. But what about its impact on society? Can binge-watching increase anti-social behaviour and stoke irrational fears?
After Ashley Graham became the first ever plus-size model to appear on the cover of American Vogue and designers like Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Simkhai started making plus-size clothes for online retailer 11 Honoré, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the body positive movement was gaining momentum.
It's National No Smoking Day today, but as someone who has a chronic nicotine addiction, I'm not entirely sure if I should be celebrating it.
We all have our own little rituals to punctuate the day, don't we? Some people need an extra-strong coffee to negotiate the liminal zone between sleepiness and wakefulness. Some people need to hear the glug-glug-glug of wine being poured into a goblet-sized glass before they draw a line between work and play. And some people need baths - lots of them.
Another day, another brand shamelessly pandering to the 'unique needs' of the millennial generation. This time it isn't an airline, hotel group or banking organisation trying to curry favour with this lucrative portion of the market. No, it's a 400-year-old temple in the Japanese city of Kyoto.
Models-of-the-moment, Bella and Gigi Hadid, were nowhere to be seen when Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha showed her FW19 collection at London Fashion Week on Saturday.
Still living at home with your parents when you’re old enough to be a parent yourself? Well, you can at least take solace from the fact that you’re not alone.
In 2015, handwritten letters sent from Jackie Kennedy Onassis to Bill Hamilton, the former director of fashion house Carolina Herrera, went under the hammer.
Much has been written in recent years on the so-called 'Peter Pan generation' - a group of twenty- and thirty-somethings who don't seem to want to grow up.
If you're not one for small talk, you may want to avoid the Anchor Bar in Courtmacsherry, where proprietors Billy and Padraig Fleming have introduced a mobile phone ban. "It has been noticeable for a number of years now that a lot of people will come into a pub, particularly in the summertime, and the first thing they might say to you is, 'Have you got WiFi?'," Billy told an RTÉ News...
Ireland's largest festival of trad, folk, and world music kicks off on Wednesday and Katie Byrne gets into the mood by learning how to play the spoons with a master musician, plus she's got the lowdown on all the unmissable gigs, right up until Sunday.
It seems as though everyone has an opinion on Russell Brand's parenting skills - or supposed lack of them.
If you're one of the thousands of people who joined a gym this month, you're probably feeling quite proud of yourself right now. You've got the box-fresh runners, the skin-tight Lycra and the high-reaching goals, but what you probably don't realise is that the odds of success are stacked against you.
As we approach mid-January, many of us are coming to terms with the fact that our New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside.
Have you ever noticed that your mind is elsewhere during mealtimes? Maybe you hurriedly eat your lunch at your desk - firing off emails in between bites of a sandwich. Or maybe you absent-mindedly graze on leftovers while tidying the kitchen - only to realise that you've eaten the better part of a meal when there's but a few crumbs left on the plate.
Another day, another character profile of Meghan Markle. This latest account comes from Lady Colin Campbell - a woman who is considered a Royal 'insider' because she knew Princess Diana a bit.
When it comes to movement, why is there a prevailing idea that faster and stronger is always better?
We put an awful lot of pressure on ourselves during the self-improvement craze of early January. The 'New Year, New You' mantra drives us to make dramatic lifestyle changes, but it doesn't take us long to realise that starting a diet, joining a gym, taking up a new hobby, giving up alcohol and getting to inbox zero might be just a tad too ambitious.
The annual exodus to Barbados is upon us, as pictures of sun-kissed, Pilates-honed celebrities wash up on the shores of red-top newspapers around the world. The January holiday to the Caribbean is something of a tradition among celebrities, who seem to prefer the white-sand beaches unspoiled by plebeians.
The day after Christmas is a little like the day after a wedding. The gifts have been passed over, the laundry list of rituals and traditions have been ticked off and, after a build-up that seemed to go on forever, we can all begin to properly wind down.
Lights are twinkling, carollers are singing and chestnuts are roasting. Well, that's the Christmas we'd all like to be having if we weren't sulking with our partners about their pathological inability to find cranberries in the supermarket...
'I have to' is one of those phrases that we hear a lot of during the festive season. 'I have to get a present for my sister-in-law.' 'I have to take the kids ice-skating.' 'I have to do a Christmas lunch with my colleagues.'
It's supposed to be the season of goodwill but for those in a long-term relationship, Christmas can also be the season of simmering tension and lovers' spats.
Winter sun escapes... Family trips to Lapland.... Shopping breaks in New York... There were plenty of clues that this Christmas was going to become a consumerist orgy, which is why the latest forecast from Retail Ireland shouldn't come as that much of a surprise.
Christmas Day is nearing and the pressure to have a perfect festive season is on.
John Daly* couldn't get over his luck when he matched with 'Sandra, 28' on Tinder. She was blonde, blue-eyed and beautiful - and unusually eager to progress their online flirtation to a real-world date.
In the last year, Dubliner Kay McKeon (39) has trained to be a yoga instructor in India, moved home to Ireland from New Zealand and moved back in with her parents. It is, by anyone's reckoning, a complete life-overhaul - and it was triggered by a life-threatening diagnosis.
Have you ever felt strangely unmoved after achieving something that you thought you wanted?
Fashion fans have been subjected to quite a few unseemly sights this year: Kim Kardashian in cycling shorts, Balenciaga's interpretation of Crocs and the Instagram-friendly return of logomania, to name just a few.
In a country that regularly tops binge drinking league tables, there is no shortage of advice for the person who doesn't know the one that is one too many.
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 gift of a piano on Christmas morning.
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 solution.
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 dancers Ryoko Yagyu and Rodolfo Saraiva are about to rehearse what is arguably the highlight of Marius Petipa's classic ballet when I slip into DanceHouse on Foley Street for a behind-the-scenes preview.
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.
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.
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.
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?
With the new school term just around the corner, the annual evening class rush has begun.
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.
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.
Cara and Chris Carter are parents to two children, Sophie (8) and Brandon (4). They live in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Cara is the founder of Cheeky Squeaks, a baby massage and yoga company; cheekysqueaks.ie.
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 is anything to go by.
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. As always, his answer was sincere, thoughtful and refreshingly devoid of dull platitudes.
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.
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.