Santa flying over Dublin city stops commuters in their tracks
If you've spotted Santa Claus and his reindeer flying across the night's sky at the Samuel Beckett Bridge, your eyes aren't deceiving you.
If you've spotted Santa Claus and his reindeer flying across the night's sky at the Samuel Beckett Bridge, your eyes aren't deceiving you.
Last Tuesday I appeared on Pat Kenny's Newstalk Show to discuss the ban of the song Baby, It's Cold Outside by some radio stations in a post #MeToo world.
Interest in vegan food may be booming across the world's richest countries - but author and model Holly White is proving that going meat-free is far from a rich man's game.
Sexual harassment issues in the workplace have surged by 200pc in recent years, according to one of Ireland's leading law firms.
"Sex ought to be wholly satisfying link between two affectionate people, from which they emerge unanxious, rewarded and ready for more." -...
David Caruso is co-founder of the Emotional Intelligence Skills Group in the United States and psychologist at the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence.
He is best-known as bassist for the biggest band in the world but Adam Clayton enjoys another passion in his down-time.
She is an award-winning designer with a cult celebrity following who dresses the biggest names in British and Irish television.
The underground tax-free black market in hair and beauty is destroying legitimate salon businesses, according to leading stylist Mark O'Keeffe.
'Charlie Haughey operated a good deal of the time by fear."
Listener figures on Sean O'Rourke's Radio 1 morning show may have jumped by 10,000 after Miriam O'Callaghan took over for the summer months...
Irish actress Charlene McKenna has just landed a coveted role in the award-winning BBC drama Peaky Blinders - but you won't find her getting carried...
"For there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men" - Herman Melville, writing in Moby Dick
High-profile property developer Johnny Ronan has had his hopes to build Dublin's tallest building dashed for a second time - but has vowed to...
"Can't talk, gotta go" and "I'm about to board a flight" were the scant words Ryan Tubridy offered when asked if he wanted to say anything to the hundreds of guests - including many elderly -...
Mairéad Ronan has been announced as the first contestant in the highly anticipated return of RTE One hit series Dancing with the Stars.
Former Ireland and Munster rugby star and Pendulum Summit chief executive Frankie Sheahan knows a thing or two about hard graft.
Ordinary families are predicted to feel the benefit of the surging economy in 2019 as full employment and labour shortages across several sectors force employers to increase wages, according to economist and former Department of Finance adviser Dr Alan Ahearne.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) has seen a rise in people who are "rethinking and re-evaluating their attitude to their sexual activity" in current and former intimate relationships and reporting rape by a partner or previous partner to the organisation.
Alan Farrell has spoken of his lifelong battle with insomnia - which once kept him awake for four days.
First there was the 'thigh gap', then the 'Toblerone tunnel', then next on the list of fad body trends came 'ribcage bragging', 'inguinal lines', 'the thigh brow', 'hip cleavage' and finally the painful-looking 'ab crack'.
For Irish Europhiles, Boris Johnson is public enemy number one.
Economics has a serious gender problem - but it's not for the reason you might think.
PETER Casey has a little black book. Every year, he writes a list of people whom he will cut from his life — and this year, it’s about to get a whole lot longer.
Parents must summon the courage to organise their financial, health and living arrangements before hitting their golden years so their children won't have to deal with the fallout when it's too late.
He has come through the first debate of this presidential campaign largely unscathed and remains on course to return to the Park for the next seven years.
Every woman has a story. That's the single greatest truth the #MeToo movement has uncovered.
A day of mixed emotions. That's how the mother of a 20-year-old girl, who saved the lives of four people through organ donation, described the annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for organ donors yesterday afternoon.
Social activist Jordan Hewson has warned that women "are at war in the dark" when it comes to fighting sexism.
Epicurus, the Greek philosopher and proponent of all things pleasurable, once reasoned that: "[The wise man] chooses not the greatest quantity of food but the most pleasant."
Bertie Ahern has opened up about his grandfather's suicide for the first time, as part of RTE's Who Do You Think You Are?
Never underestimate the power of a man with a yoga mat. While the other Presidential candidates have been busy running around Ireland chasing precious votes, Michael D Higgins is not letting himself get out of shape.
Even in some of its poorest times, Ireland had its priorities straight. Through the squalor of the 1920s and 1930s, the stagnancy and recessions of the 1950s and 1970s, the Government provided social housing.
There's a beautiful song by Leonard Cohen in which the late singer paints a moving portrait of travelling the world with his lover, Suzanne. He sings of how she "shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers", and - in one line- captures the complexity of human nature, the world around us and how someone can find joy in the small things, and beauty in the ugly.
RTE presenter Des Cahill has said he questions whether age was part of the reason his former co-presenter Mary Kennedy was replaced by Grainne Seoige on RTE's annual sport'show, Up for the Match.
We constantly hear about the virtue of gratitude - they say realising how lucky you are can lead to a happier life.
He is the man who was almost President. Nearly one million people watched as Sean Gallagher floundered live on air, while trying to answer a question on fundraising for Fianna Fail, with hoots echoing from the audience on RTE's Frontline presidential debate.
One of the world's leading spiritual thinkers, Deepak Chopra, has told the people of Ireland to forgive the Catholic Church for the sake of their own peace of mind. Mr Chopra, who as a young boy was taught by Irish Christian Brothers, said it would be part of the nation's healing.
The respected economic forecaster Steve Forbes, who twice ran for the nomination for the US presidency on the Republican ticket, says the Irish Government must ignore the advice of the Economic and Social Research Institute and cut income tax in the upcoming budget if the country is to continue to prosper.
In 1991, a young Roy Keane was playing in an FA Cup match for Nottingham Forest against Crystal Palace.
There is a great irony in plans for a mass protest to welcome US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Ireland in November.
'The Den is getting fairly crowded at this point," laughs Joan Freeman as she settles in for a cup of tea at the headquarters of her PR team ahead of the race of a lifetime.
RTE's Sean O'Rourke took a longer break this summer because, he says, "I was starting to question my enthusiasm for the job".
She is 300lbs, a size 26 and has graced this month's cover of Cosmopolitan magazine with a message of ''body positivity'', but Ireland's leading obesity expert says the "jury is out" on what impact images like Tess Holliday's cover will have on society - adding that her appearance could help people of similar size develop better self-esteem.
Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young and actress Daryl Hannah have married. The superstar couple tied the knot during a small ceremony in California last weekend.
The distinctive tinkle of solid gold echoes around the room as the Lord Mayor of Dublin pulls his 22-carat chain over his head and lets it fall into place around his neck.
Anyone who has ever stood under the magnificent ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, whether ardent worshipper or non-believer, could attest to the wonder and awe of Michelangelo's masterpiece.
This aerial image of the Phoenix Park shows the scale of what is awaiting patrons who will attend the Pope's farewell Mass this afternoon.
It is almost hard to wrap your head around. Here was Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, sharing a stage with the Pope, in the very same grounds where the nation recently celebrated the introduction of abortion laws and same-sex marriage.
It's the classic fall-back, a difficult childhood, problems in later life and who do we usually look to blame? Our parents.
Deirdre Jacob's parents have stressed that convicted sex offender Larry Murphy is just "one line of inquiry" gardai are pursuing in the disappearance of their daughter.
Love is a lot like weight control - you have to work at it.
One minute. That is how far Deirdre Jacob was from her front door, before something stopped her in her tracks.
She has spent her young life travelling the world and is most at home when on water - just some of the ways Luxembourg Rose Amber Crean feels she carries the spirit of Tom Crean.
Young high-flying executives on salaries of between €100,000 and €200,000 are driving up rents in prime locations in Dublin city centre.
Rich butter, creamy milk, bread and potatoes - we often look back at what previous generations ate and wonder how their waistlines could have stayed so trim.
Would you intervene if you saw a child being abused?
It is one of Ireland's most isolated spots. A place George Bernard Shaw described as "incredible, impossible and mad". And, having recently exited Nama, Harry Crosbie has drawn inspiration from Skellig Michael - in particular, its beehive huts, built by monks in 600AD who believed it would bring them closer to God.
Pádraig O Ceidigh wants the medical records of all candidates released in the race for Aras an Uachtarain.
Ireland's hockey heroes stand on the cusp of sporting immortality after an epic penalty shoot-out win against Spain saw them scorch into the World Cup final.
A leading obesity expert has criticised the Cadbury chocolate company's mission to encourage children "to get outdoors" for a day of physical activity in the midst of Ireland's obesity crisis.
A leading medical consultant has spoken about a landmark moment in Ireland's battle with obesity, revealing he is treating a young patient weighing more than 330kg (51.9 stone) - too heavy for the hospital scales to weigh.
Dr Michael Smurfit is out of hospital for only an hour when he politely accepts a call on reports circulating about his ill health.
Samuel Beckett objected strenuously to all-female theatre groups staging Waiting for Godot because, he said, "women don't have prostates and couldn't portray the characters accurately".
Bishop Denis Nulty has intervened in Ireland's energy poverty crisis.
Householders should prepare for night-time water outages by the end of this month unless the country gets two weeks of consistent rain, a leading climate expert has warned.
Why paint if you have no audience? That was the central question posed in Somerset Maugham's book Of Human Bondage, based on the life of one of Ireland's greatest painters - Roderic O'Conor.
Ned O'Sullivan is tired of putting up a front. Tired of trying to hide his addiction from family, friends and colleagues - but most of all - from himself.
RTE's top current affairs presenter Sean O'Rourke has confirmed that he will be taking the rest of the summer off to "recharge the batteries" from what he called an enjoyable but "relentless" job.
High profile property developer Harry Crosbie is set to turn his home into a hotel, after submitting a request for planning permission to Dublin City Council last Friday.
Although it feels like Tinder has ushered in the age of no-strings-attached sex, humans have always loved the opportunity of a spontaneous hook-up.
Back in the day, school pupils would listen eagerly as doctors, lawyers and other professionals came in to their classroom for the day to impart inspirational life and career advice.
Last week, some Irish homeowners were informed they might have to sacrifice part of their gardens for Dublin's new rapid bus network - but for the rest, it's boom time in the home grounds
Just when you thought we had hit rock bottom in the housing crisis, we discovered we weren't even touching solid ground. It has transpired that for the past 50 years, Irish officials have been counting 'new' homes based on the number of units added to the ESB grid.
Fresh from being dropped from the judging panel of a literary competition after blasting publishers Penguin Random House for their diversity policies, American author Lionel Shriver has joined the discussion around sexual consent.
We learned two unsettling facts about the fight against obesity last week.
Irish soccer international Robbie Brady married his childhood sweetheart Kerrie Harris yesterday afternoon after the bride stopped traffic in the little Limerick village of Crecora.
If the thundering movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment has taught us anything, it is that young people are mobilised, politically in tune and willing to exercise their vote when it matters.
The number of Irish people self-harming is continuing to rise, numbers reporting emotional and psychological conditions has surged from 96,000 to 123,000 since the last census, our anxiety levels have rocketed to the top 10 worldwide and Ireland has one of the highest rates of teen suicide in the EU - and yet today we are more affluent, and enjoy more material comforts, than most previous generations.
It's the early 1990s, and a 10-year-old boy is playing in the sandy haze of a UN base in Cyprus.
As a child, John Redmond took chipboard and lollipop sticks and painted them bright blue and green to fashion a fire screen for his grandmother. On another occasion, he transformed the family's Child Of Prague statue with bright pink, yellow and blue poster paint.
It's tough for millennials to get on the property ladder, but follow the advice of Amanda Byram and you can't go far wrong.
Family and friends - as well as friends in the fashion world - are said to be standing by a young Dublin-born woman who has been accused of stealing more than $50,000 from her creative director boss at Vogue magazine.
It has been called 'a golden age' for Irish women in comedy. Sharon Horgan, Aisling Bea, Amy Huberman, Hilary Rose, Alison Spittle and Jennifer Zamparelli are just some of the big names lighting up our screens.
This Thursday, May 17, marks an important day in the economic calendar. Economists and property commentators have traced the date, in 2006, as the day the boom died.
Several years ago, Rowan Hooper was at a conference for primatologists. Wine glass in hand, he began to wax lyrical about how like chimps humans are, in an attempt to ingratiate himself with one of the party. "The difference between us and them is only a matter of degrees," he said. The primatologist he'd been chatting to smiled an assassin's smile, and asked: "Can chimps build their own LHC then?"
The text came in from a female friend just after midnight."I hate this country. I really do. The way we treat women in this country is so f***ed up."
One of Ireland's rising stars will feature in a new crime drama on TV3 tomorrow night (9pm).
Celebrity fitness trainer to the stars Simone De La Rue touched down in Dublin this weekend with a message of health and wellness and was quickly taken aback by Ireland's portion sizes.
The Trophy home. The ultimate symbol of social status, coveted by many, owned by few. And they are popping up again in Dublin's leafy suburbs for the first time since the heady days of the Celtic Tiger.
IRISH models, influencers and bloggers should take responsibility for the food they promote to people under the guise of healthy eating, the HSE's National Dietetic Adviser has warned.
Whether it's manuka honey or yoga classes, once you're pregnant everyone has an opinion.
"Champagne! In victory, one deserves it. In defeat, one needs it" - Napoleon Bonaparte.
Bono has said that, in his children, he sees hope for the world. Although quiet on this side of the water, in the US, Eve and Jordan are becoming well known in their own right for their business, acting and social activism - regularly posting photos from marches for women's rights.
In the 1960s, one of the world's most controversial scientists, Harry Harlow, wanted to find out how important love and affection are to a person's well-being.
A man was standing on the golf course when he saw his wife marching towards him and his friends. When she arrived, she threw a plate of food at him with full force. The reason? He hadn't come home in time for dinner.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin will today pay a warm tribute to the peace process work of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who has hit the headlines again after walking out of an interview in which he was questioned about his past finances.
Irish rugby captain Rory Best was willing to appear as a character witness for his friend and team-mate Paddy Jackson if Mr Jackson's legal team had called upon him during the trial.
In 2015, the world press photography awards featured an image from Tehran of a young man identified only as Balal. Sentenced to death for stabbing his best friend, he was standing on a chair, blindfolded, with a noose around his neck waiting for his execution.
Actors often complain about the difficulties of recording love scenes.
Oh to have Eddie Jordan's energy, joie de vivre and attitude to life.
Rory McIlroy may be feeling the frustration following his Masters disappointment, but perhaps he should spare a moment to listen to the world's most prominent sports psychologist.
Alcohol "continues to be the greatest, most prevalent date rape drug", according to the Medical Director of the national network of Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATU).
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has hammered out a "compromise agreement" with Paddy Jackson that means the player will walk away with a financial settlement "close to his contract value".
In 2016, as his momentous victory for his world lightweight title sunk in, Conor McGregor took to the stage to address the ecstatic crowd packed into Madison Square Garden.
The prospects of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding continuing their rugby careers in Ireland look increasingly unlikely this weekend as an investigation gets under way to decide if they have brought the sport into disrepute.
'Excuse me! Are you Blane McIlroy?" It was the end of another long day in the so-called 'rugby rape trial' and one of the defendants was leaving Belfast's Crown Court with his mother.
This year has become the year that 'strong not skinny' is the body shape every woman is striving for.
Why are Irish planners scared to move into the 21st Century? After two years at the drawing board, more than 60 different designs submitted to Dublin City Corporation (DCC) and a robust oral hearing in which An Bord Pleanala's own inspector returned with a glowing report, Ireland's tallest building was turned down last week.
Easter eggs are getting bigger - and so are our kids.
James Joyce mused, in his magnum opus Ulysses, that a "good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub".
It may have rained on the parade in parts of Ireland, but former Taoiseach Brian Cowen wasn't letting anything dampen his spirits as he enjoyed the sunshine as the Grand Marshal of the annual St Patrick's Day parade on the Costa Blanca in Spain.
Looking fresh and keeping her natural beauty, Lucy Kennedy has spoken out against the tendency to buckle to the pull of Botox once a woman reaches a certain age.
A leading neurologist has criticised our obsession with hospital beds and highlighted a four-point plan as a key to solving the Irish health crisis.
The heat in Belfast's Crown Court was stifling as family and friends of the defendants packed into the courtroom on level four to see Paddy Jackson take the stand.