Learning Points: ‘We broke up and I feel like I’ve let our son down’

I really need help with my teenage son. I recently went through a very difficult separation, we are still not out of it yet but things are

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A Question of Taste with Cormac Begley

Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West Kerry musical family

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Mum's the Word: Mom would have been a terrific grandmother to her namesake Joan

"See that dimple in Joan’s chin, mom had the exact same one!” Mom would have been a terrific grandmother to her namesake Joan

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Here’s how new parents can get more sleep, according to a Hollywood nanny

Nanny to the stars Connie Simpson, who’s helped celebs including George Clooney and Jessica Alba, shares tips on how new parents can get more shut-eye

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Making Cents: Help protect the planet and occupy the kids

Last week I wrote about ways parents can limit waste during their child’s early years

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We’ll meet again: Sunday Songbook to feature tunes of Vera Lynn

The next Sunday Songbook singalong show at the Everyman features the tunes of Vera Lynn, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Time for a red revolution: Breaking the cycle of unsustainable feminine hygiene products

Women are breaking the old ‘taboo’ to talk about period waste and campaign for sustainable feminine hygiene options, writes Ellie O'Byrne.

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Tea for two: Pauline McLynn returns to Cork

It comes as a joy - and even a little bit of a relief - when Pauline McLynn sits down for our interview and orders a proper pot of Irish breakfast tea.

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The Earth's magnetic north pole is shifting rapidly – so what will happen to the northern lights?

Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field.

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What is queerbaiting and why has Calvin Klein been accused of it?

It’s all about faking queerness to appeal to the LGBTQ+ audience.

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Appliance of Science: How do we achieve a sustainable future?

Climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability are all words that appear in daily news reports, and with good reason. We have all been informed, from various sources, ...

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Runner of the Week: Cork City Marathon pacer Paula Wright

PAULA Wright said being a pacer in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an opportunity for her to encourage others towards the finish line, just as she was motivated ...

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Peter Dowdall: What we can do every day to improve the planet

Ahead of the Irish Examiner sustainability event in the Glucksman on May 28, award-winning gardener Peter Dowdall explains why green really is an everyday colour

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Meet the man on a mission to save a little-known river in Cork City

Chris Moody, the first person to film otters on the River Bride in Cork City, argues that we should be protecting the biodiversity of urban waterways, writes Ellie ...

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Third act: 75-year-old strikes a high note on stage

Songwriter, actress, and singer Lua McIlraith takes a riotous look at ageing in her one-woman show ‘Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully’, says Margaret Jennings. ...

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Author Stefanie Preissner on why there’s no place like home

Stefanie Preissner takes Siobhan Howe on a trip down memory lane in her native Mallow, and explains why the town will always be home to her.

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Lindsay Woods: 'We made the decision to separate the kids'

“GET OUT OF MY ROOM!” So went the Banshee shriek of my daughter.

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Baby steps: Why new mums, like Meghan, need to take exercise slowly

New mums should follow in Meghan Markle’s footsteps and not fret about their baby tum during the weeks following childbirth, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir. ...

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On the couch: What happens in couples counselling

Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike star as a time-crunched couple who are undergoing relationship therapy in a new mini-series,

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What are Irish festivals doing to be eco-conscious?

As we dust off our gladrags for the summer’s festival calendar, Ellie O’Byrne asks what Irish music festivals are doing to go green this year.

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Mountain man: Pat Fitzpatrick puts his new fitness regimen to the test in the Comeraghs

After taking on an all-out fitness regimen, Pat Fitzpatrick returns to the hills that once left him breathless to see if he can glide instead of slog to the summit

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Mum's the Word: Swimming against the tide to get space in the pool for the kids

See that dimple in Joan’s chin, mom had the exact same one!

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Learning Points: Give your child a bad label and he’ll live up to it

Parents often come into my clinic because living with their teenage son/daughter is incredibly problematic. They seek therapy after a particularly unpleasant experience. ...

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Wine, women and loads of laughs: Amy Poehler on her latest film

When you discover Amy Poehler has made a comedy for Netflix, you can safely bet one thing — it’s going to have you laughing out loud.

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Hatton Gardens: Last act of old-school villainy

Timothy Spall stars in a new four-part TV series about the audacious Hatton Garden robbery, writes Laura Harding.

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500 years since Leonardo da Vinci– deciphering the mind of the millennium

Five centuries on from Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Luke Rix-Standing combs through the myriad abilities of one of history’s most talented men.

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GameTech: New shotgun fires up Fortnite 9

You can never tell what the future will hold. Except in the case of Fortnite, where it probably holds a shotgun, aimed at your face.

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Sounds of the city: Artist explains Crawford Art Gallery's latest installation piece

Limerick-born artist Andrew Kearney is allowing Cork gallery-goers to eavesdrop on what he calls the “oozing activity of the city” with Mechanism, his ...

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Ask a counsellor: My teenage daughter’s been telling people I’m horrible – should I confront her?

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a single mother navigating the teenage years.

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And doula makes four: A look at the growing birthing trend

Doulas are women who provide emotional and domestic support to expectant and new mums, like a hired friend, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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Making Cents: Bringing up baby the sustainable way

Becoming a parent can be a trigger for people to start thinking about living in a more sustainable way, as we are discussing all month in the Irish Examiner.

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Innovative, eco-friendly and smart: Check out the gardening products of the year

From eco-friendly home composters to super quick pizza ovens and inventive garden lighting, we look at 7 garden products of the year.

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Runner of the week: Shane Delaney

Shane Delaney from Tipperary is taking part in his first marathon next month.

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Appliance of Science: What was the first ever living thing on Earth?

This question comes from my own son, Rohan who is nine and, like most children his age, he is full of lots of what, why and when queries.

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‘I’m going to make choices that make me happy’: Anne Hathaway on her movie choices

After years of worrying about her movie choices, Anne Hathaway is embracing having some fun as she plays a con artist in new film ‘The Hustle’. She tells ...

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Learning the ropes: Skipping fever has taken hold at this Cork school

As rates of childhood obesity soar, one Cork school is reviving the once-common schoolyard activity of skipping to boost child fitness and co-ordination skills, ...

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Lindsay Woods: 'Kids sense when you need to use the loo, wash or mainline a packet of Jaffa cakes in the darkness of the utility room'

Watching a movie about being a parent, offers an entirely different perspective when you actually become one.

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A taste of summer: Rory O’Connell’s latest TV show

As Rory O’Connell returns with a new RTÉ series exploring international cuisine, he returns to his local roots for a new food festival in Cork. Ciara ...

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Game of Thrones: Westeros began 'as upside-down Ireland'

The North and Westeros are tied together by more than just cartography, writes Mark O’Connell.

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Darkness Into Light helps Pieta House keep its doors open

Without the support for ‘Darkness Into Light’ walks, Pieta House would struggle to keep its doors open writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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Taking the chore out of homework has so many benefits

I THINK it would be safe to say that most of the kids and teens in Ireland do not look forward to homework and that it is a source of stress for parents to ensure ...

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Forgiveness allows you to break free from bad baggage

WITHOUT doubt one of the most significant themes I meet in the therapeutic setting is that of, forgiveness.

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Cork community project aims to put paid to coastal plastic pollution

A small community project in Cork that encourages people to pick up three pieces of plastic whenever they visit the coast is fast gaining momentum, writes Rebecca ...

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The people behind the city's newest - and coolest - festival

Next weekend sees an event around Cork city which marries architecture and food, writes Joe McNamee.

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GameTech: Mortal Kombat 11 is as relevant as the original

The latest ‘Avengers’ film is packed to the brim with characters from the Marvel universe, showcasing the incredible depth of material that stems from ...

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Fantastic to get rid of plastic, but we need less to dump in the first place

Ditching the plastic feels good, but what consumers really need is less plastic to dump in the first place, writes

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Making Cents: Teaching the little ones the value of money

With First Communion season in full swing, the money experts at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) believe parents should use this opportunity ...

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Sky Matters: Space is becoming crowded with satellites

In a world where climate is changing fast, so too is space, writes Niall Smith

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