From racism in America to the St Patrick's Day parade controversy, the Irish disapora has never been renowned for its tolerance. But over the years it has also thrown up some of the brightest stars in the gay firmament. Donal Lynch takes the measure of some of the the headliners
Lists run the gamut from the ones people clamour to be on - Schindler's, Santa Claus's - to those that send a shudder down the spine - Senator McCarthy's, anything the HSE ever came up with. Where does a gay power list come into this? We're not that far away from a time when being gay was something of which people were ashamed. Have we really come so far that we can celebrate a group of gay people for their success? Or is the notion of a gay power list in dubious taste?
There are few easier ways to liven up and lighten up your look than to tweak your eye make-up. A reassessment of your foundation or base is key, too, but a minor adjustment in terms of eyeliner or eyeshadow can make a more playful statement. Even a new mascara will do wonders, if only by way of a psychological shift to spring. Now is the time to inject a bit of colour, lend a little lift, get lighter and brighter.
I have been researching leucotomies in Ireland recently and there are fascinating stories to be told. Better known to patients as lobotomy, this was a surgical procedure that involved severing nerves in the frontal part of the brain, a briefly popular treatment in psychiatry here after World War II.
Of all the food crazes that have come and gone in the last 10 or 20 years, there's one that's showing no sign of going anywhere anytime soon and that, my friends, is the juicing phenomenon. You can't open a newspaper or a magazine without a gorgeously dewy-skinned model telling you that the secret to her other-worldly glow and fabulous figure is all down to raw food and vegetable juices.
I live with my husband, Ronan. We got married in September 2013, and we still feel like newlyweds. We're having a ball of a time living in Smithfield. It's so central. Our apartment backs onto the road, so you hear a lot of traffic. I can always tell what time it is, based on the traffic outside. As a country girl, it took a lot of time to get used to the noise. Ronan is a doctor, and he often has early starts. I met him when I was in Riverdance. He came to Dortmund in Germany for a weekend to see his friend, Conor, the physiotherapist with the show. The minute we met, that was it.
The headline caught my attention: "Most career women would love a wife". Not a secret lesbian spouse, it turned out, but someone who would stay at home and do the cleaning and hand them up a dinner. Not for the first time, I thought, "Hey, get in line, career women - who wouldn't want that?"
While it is technically sold as a gluten-free grain, amaranth is, in fact, the tiny seed of a plant. Yep, amaranth is the Lady Gaga of grains. I'm not sure if it's just misunderstood, or enjoys confusing us. Amaranth is probably the most fashionable food in the world right now. It is also dirt cheap, delightfully odd and indecently healthy. What more could you ask of a superfood?
You've heard of landscapes, seascapes, streetscapes; now meet tablescapes. That's what Mo Glasgow's daughter Jeni calls the table-top arrangements Mo puts together in her charming home in County Meath; Mo mixes glass, flowers, plants, mosses and bric-a-brac to create visual delights throughout the house.
I was on the hunt for a job recently and it was exhausting. I was so worn out, that by the time I was finally offered a position, I was tempted to decline and just go for a nap. Luckily, the thought of "the extension" spurred me on, and I am now the proud owner of a new job.
Rosemary ain't just a pretty fragrance. Its medicinal properties - appreciated by herbalists and granny Joan for hundreds of years - are now being confirmed by modern science. Yes, a daily round of Sudoku or brushing your teeth with your left hand will help keep brain rust at bay. But so too might rosemary.
Our love affair with oils has become an all-season thing. In winter, they provide a boost of moisture and even some insulation, but they have a place in your life as the weather warms, too. We know that it seems counter-intuitive to use something apparently heavy like oil when your layers of make-up and clothes are getting lighter. Our new enthusiasm for oil-based products has seen the cosmetic companies find inventive ways to work them into hair, body and face products that restore and revive without any heavy greasiness.
The alarm goes off at 7am. I definitely work better in the mornings, so I like early starts. I live by myself in Terenure. I have a shower, and then I listen to Ian Dempsey on the radio while having my breakfast. I like to eat healthily. I'll have a juice and porridge. I love the process of getting a coffee in a nice coffee store in the neighbourhood, or in town. That's how I like to break up my day, because working alone from home can be quite tough and isolating.
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