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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Runner of the Week: Mary Murphy to complete 200th marathon next month

Each week, Denise O'Donoghue profiles one of the runners taking part in the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork City marathon this June

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Let’s get on the biogas bus and use eco-friendly fuel

Biomethane can be harvested from slurry or food waste and be compressed for use as an eco-friendly fuel, such as to power our buses, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Back from the dead: The Bermuda petrel was thought extinct for nearly 400 years

The amazing tale of the Bermuda petrel, a seabird thought extinct for nearly 400 years, has lessons for Ireland’s blasé approach to conservation, West ...

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Green shoots: Cork teenagers on why the planet needs to clean up its act

We’ve a lot to learn from the students who responded to Greta Thunberg’s call for a global strike to protest about accelerating climate change, writes ...

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Playful parenting: 5 ways to help children learn through play

Play is a vital part of child development – and it’s fun for parents too. Lisa Salmon explains how to be a playtime pro.

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Meet the Cork designer with a grá for meaningful jewellery

Ciara McDonnell meets designer Sabine Lenz, whose new jewellery collection, Anam, marks 21 years of collaboration with Marian O’Gorman’s Kilkenny Group

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Open-door policy: Autism-friendly hotel in Cork

Awareness-training plays vital role, says Helen O’Callaghan

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Bird’s eye: Why we’re hooked on animal videos

Watching the antics of creatures large and small online is how we escape the internet, while on the internet, says Sam Anderson

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Learning Points: State exams need not be testing times for teens

Anxiety impacts all of us. As mammals, we are hardwired to it. And it has been key to our survival.

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A Humble opinion on how to save the planet

Luke Rix-Standing chats with wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble about the challenges facing the environment, and finds her in polemical form

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What this writer wants you to know about being a teenage boy with an eating disorder

Sam Pollen suffered with anorexia at school – now he’s written a YA novel based on his experience. He speaks to Liz Connor.

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Charity begins at home with family for global chef Donal Skehan

Life is all change for TV host and food writer Donal Skehan. A move to Los Angeles four years ago shook things up, but the real whirlwind was the arrival of his ...

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