Lifestyle

  • A rural haven
    When Colm and Kate O'Brien bought Clara Country House 15 years ago, they were fulfilling a long-held dream to move out of Dublin to the Wicklow countryside, to somewhere where they could keep horses and enjoy a rural lifestyle. The experience, says Colm, has been everything they hoped for and more - they are only selling because the time has… ... more
    Independent |Life3 hours ago
  • Largest Dublin Penthouse ever launches at Lansdowne Place
    Last week saw the launch of the fifth phase of apartments and penthouses at the Lansdowne Place development in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, including what is believed to be the largest penthouse ever offered on the Irish market, writes Liadan Hynes. ... more
    Independent |Life3 hours ago
  • How to design the perfect kitchen
    Q We're investing some savings this year to completely overhaul our fitted kitchen. What should we focus on? ... more
    Independent |Life3 hours ago
  • The Sky’s the limit
    It was only a matter of time, really. Season after season, we fell more in love with statement lighting and grew more adventurous with our ceiling light choices - a modern chandelier, a vintage lampshade, a cool cluster of industrial lights. So it was inevitable all that looking up would lead to us rethinking the ceiling itself. ... more
    Independent |Life3 hours ago
  • Building tall – are policymakers mixing up supply and ...
    Last week, the Department of Housing released three different reports on the cost of building on the same day. The viability of construction is, arguably, the single biggest policy challenge facing the country right now - given just how severe the housing shortage has become. ... more
    Independent |Life3 hours ago
  • How to grow and enjoy hardy annuals
    The great charm of hardy annuals is that they flower in a great surge of energy over a fairly limited time in summer. They are brilliant summer colour providers. Being informal plants, hardy annuals are not suitable for use in formal flower beds. Their tendency to have a single burst of flower rules them out for containers, too, because they… ... more
    Independent |Life3 hours ago
  • So, Kate Middleton is in labour – what happens now?
    It's official, Kate Middleton is in labour. ... more
    Independent |Style4 hours ago
  • The royal baby is on the way! Kate Middleton arrives at Lond...
    Kate Middleton has gone into labour, Kensington Palace confirmed today. ... more
    Independent |Style4 hours ago
  • Bon appétit – Duck in Orange Sauce by Jean-Christop...
    Multi-starred Michelin chef Jean-Christophe Novelli shares some of his favourite recipes to celebrate the opening of his new Irish restaurant at Belfast's City Quays, where the menu includes classic French dishes given an Irish twist by delicious local produce. ... more
    Independent |Life4 hours ago
  • Recipe: Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Tarte Tatin
    Multi-starred Michelin chef Jean-Christophe Novelli shares some of his favourite recipes to celebrate the opening of his new Irish restaurant at Belfast's City Quays, where the menu includes classic French dishes given an Irish twist by delicious local produce. ... more
    Independent |Life4 hours ago
  • Kylie Minogue was ‘deluded’ thinking her relatio...
    Kylie Minogue believes she was “deluded� into thinking that her relationship with Joshua Sasse would work out. ... more
    Independent |Style4 hours ago
  • A long way from Love/Hate! Robert Sheehan makes colourful ar...
    Robert Sheehan displayed his quirkly off-air wardrobe as he hit the red carpet in New York City during the Tribeca Film Festival. ... more
    Independent |Style4 hours ago
  • Kylie Minogue says she considered having children on her own
    Kylie Minogue has said she considered having children on her own. ... more
    Independent |Style5 hours ago
  • Dreamgirls reunion as Jennifer Hudson supports Beyonce at Co...
    Jennifer Hudson said she “wouldn’t have missed this for the world� as she supported her Dreamgirls co-star, Beyonce, at Coachella. ... more
    Independent |Style5 hours ago
  • Magic Monday: Santorini from €185pp in this week’...
    You might hate Monday, but you'll love our weekly pick of Ireland's top travel offers ... more
    Independent |Life5 hours ago
  • Stalker breaks into Swift’s home and takes a nap
    A stalker broke into Taylor Swift's New York City townhouse and took a nap, police said. ... more
    Independent |Style5 hours ago
  • Westworld continues to confuse as it returns with second sea...
    Hit-series Westworld has returned for its second season – and so has the head-scratching of puzzled viewers. ... more
    Independent |Style6 hours ago
  • He Don’t Impress Me Much: Shania Twain apologises for...
    Shania Twain has apologised to anyone she “offended� by admitting she would have voted for Donald Trump. ... more
    Independent |Style10 hours ago
  • Dear Mary: I’m sick and tired of being with my abusive...
    I have been married for seven years and with my partner for nine years. We have two beautiful kids. For the first three years of marriage it was all fun and games, living our best lives. I was a college student and my husband has worked ever since he left school. ... more
    Independent |Style10 hours ago
  • Partners with the write stuff
    Dave Rudden and Sarah Davis-Goff met at the Hennessy Awards in 2015, because he was up against an author she publishes. Sarah's author, Sarah Baume, scooped the prize, but happily there are no hard feelings there. "I was nervous because everyone was extremely fancy and it was all about high literature," says Dave. "People asked what I did and most… ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Dear Mary: My friend says she’s a lesbian
    I'm trying to help my friend figure herself out. Just a few months ago she came out as bisexual. ... more
    Independent |Style10 hours ago
  • No longer exiles on Main Street
    In the 1970 cult classic Performance London gangster Chas (played by James Fox) looks up and down rock-star Turner (played by Mick Jagger) with undisguised contempt. He then sneers: "You'll look funny when you're 40." ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Taiwan: Small island…big heart
    Driving in from the airport on the outskirts of Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, it was hard to know what to expect. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Fat belly can double your heart attack risk
    Having a fat belly doubles your heart attack risk even if you aren't obese, a study has found. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Cottage Industry: peek inside this family home with delightf...
    On the TV programme Room to Improve, each week there is always one major tussle between architect Dermot Bannon and the homeowner; it's obviously to add a touch of drama. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Battle of the bulge
    Killian Byrne (45) used to describe himself as the most well-informed fat guy around town. But that was many moons ago. Since then, he has completely reinvented himself, and is now super-fit, lean, strong and brimming with good health. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Dr Ciara Kelly: Key steps to convert exam stress into succes...
    If you, like me, have a Leaving Cert student in your house you know all about stress. The State exams are six weeks and three days away and it isn't an easy time for anyone - student or parent! It's long been discussed whether or not this is the best way to assess school leavers but it's all we have… ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Alzheimer’s: Why me? But why not me?
    'Is this genetic?" Ten years ago this month that sentence jumped off the page at actor and producer Ronan Smith. It was from his own diary, but he had no recollection of writing it and no recollection of the thought. And, in a cruel irony, it came from an entry in which he had wondered about the cause of his… ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • 4 of a kind… Dublin apartments under €400,000
    This turn-key, two-bedroom apartment at 64 The Waterside, Charlotte Quay Dock, Dublin 4, is located on the fourth floor and has fine views overlooking Grand Canal Dock, which is a hive of activity these days with water sports a-plenty and good people-watching to be enjoyed, as theatre-goers head in and out of the busy Bord Gais Theatre. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Art of the show-off
    It's a competitive world out there, and the rules have changed. You haven't a hope of succeeding in things like a career or dating, if you don't engage in a spot of shameless self-promotion. Don't worry if you don't think you're up to it it, Pat Fitzpatrick is here to lead you through the minefield of blowing your own trumpet. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Poignant tale of working class heroes
    Author Kit de Waal recently voiced her concern that working class voices are increasingly absent from the pages of books and newspapers. She and others, dismayed at the lack of diversity, got together to crowdfund for an anthology composed of working class authors called Common People. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • My cultural life: artist Ruthie Ashenhurst
    Ruthie Ashenhurst is a semi-abstract figurative and landscape artist based in Dublin and the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. She taught art and design for 12 years, before concentrating full-time on painting. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Fat belly can double your heart attack risk – even if ...
    Having a fat belly doubles your heart attack risk even if you aren't obese, a study has found. ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Athlone: Lakeside sanctuary from the storms
    After three days of snow and closed schools it was time to head for the hills. Well, to the lakes actually, in the midlands close to Athlone in County Westmeath. I knew this more from the tone of her voice than anything else, really, what you might call that increasing irritability brought on by all things related to the Beast… ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Mick Jagger talks childhood, joining the Stones, being jaile...
    In the 1970 cult classic Performance London gangster Chas (played by James Fox) looks up and down rock-star Turner (played by Mick Jagger) with undisguised contempt. He then sneers: "You'll look funny when you're 40." ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • How Lou Reed gave poetry a shot in the arm
    He discovered Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons, which is enough for me. There are also the little matters of Lou Reed - for it is he and what a great gender/genre-bender he was - writing Femme Fatale, Satellite of Love, Heroin, Berlin, Perfect Day, Vicious. Coney Island Baby, Walk On The Wild Side. I'm Waiting For The Man,… ... more
    Independent |Life10 hours ago
  • Avengers: Infinity War stars defend superhero films against ...
    Stars of Avengers: Infinity War have defended superhero films against snobbery from their Hollywood peers. ... more
    Independent |Style10 hours ago
  • Michael Hyland – An Appreciation
    A pioneer of geriatric medicine in Ireland ... more
    Irishtimes |Lifestyle12 hours ago
  • More than 10,000 holidaymakers hit by delay of new Irish Fer...
    As many as 10,000 holidaymakers face having their summer ferry sailing plans cancelled. ... more
    Independent |Life15 hours ago
  • At last, late swallows summon spring
    The message reflected a magic moment of relief for one rain-weary dairy farmer in West Cork. He had just seen his first swallows of the year - a sign that the pattern of months of gloom was at last changing. ... more
    Independent |Life15 hours ago
  • The demise of diesel but at what cost?
    Sales of new diesel cars fell by 20pc in the first three months of the year. However, the declining sales could be to blame for an increase in average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for cars bought in Ireland. ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Simon Delaney on cars and road rage: ‘I do get the odd...
    Your current car - Love at first sight or just a means to get from A to B? ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • ‘I do get the odd plank who shouts at me on the road&#...
    Your current car - Love at first sight or just a means to get from A to B? ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Iconic Mazda has RX-factor
    In all honesty it was a daft idea. The Mazda RX-7 was ill-conceived from the start, poorly timed and based on an engineering concept that was fatally flawed. It was sold by a relative minnow in the global car industry and appealed to a niche audience that wanted a Porsche-like car but did not actually want a Porsche. Yet, despite… ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Are you a Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde driver?
    The road can be a terribly unforgiving place. If you make a bad decision, at best it's a wake-up call to pay attention and concentrate on the road. At worst, it could end with catastrophic consequences. ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • How I crossed the world’s largest lake…by car
    From Irkutsk we drive to Listvyanka, a small town on the shores of Lake Baikal. The 60 kilometre road runs through a white forest frozen under thick snow and was laid in just two months in preparation for what should have been a landmark state visit to Russia by the US President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960. Constructed at the… ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Testing times for learners on Ireland’s roads
    Ireland was basking in heatwave temperatures, Mel Gibson was striking a blow for Scottish independence in the box office and one of the biggest rivalries the music world has ever seen was taking place in the charts as Blur and Oasis battled for the coveted number one spot. It was the summer of '95 and when I passed my driving… ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Executive decisions
    What's the best executive/family car for you? Our complete guide will help you to make the right choice ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Kim Kardashian shares Kanye West kiss photo
    Kim Kardashian West has shared a photograph of herself about to lock lips with her husband Kanye West. ... more
    Independent |Style18 hours ago
  • ‘People with disabilities are represented as one-dimen...
    A new podcast is giving people with disabilities a platform to share their stories. ... more
    Thejournal |Family18 hours ago
  • ‘That was the worst day of my Room to Improve lifeR...
    When did Room to Improve cross the Rubicon from being just another lifestyle show to becoming 'event' TV? Many would point to the moment when the mild-mannered singer Daniel O'Donnell blew a gasket on camera. Architect Dermot Bannon told him that the €200,000 budget on his Kincasslagh home renovation had swollen to €395,000 after Daniel added extra en-suite bathrooms. ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • ‘That was the worst day of my Room to Improve lifeR...
    When did Room to Improve cross the Rubicon from being just another lifestyle show to becoming 'event' TV? Many would point to the moment when the mild-mannered singer Daniel O'Donnell blew a gasket on camera. Architect Dermot Bannon told him that the €200,000 budget on his Kincasslagh home renovation had swollen to €395,000 after Daniel added extra en-suite bathrooms. ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Shape of things to come as VW unveils first all-electric rac...
    THESE are first pictures of Volkswagen’s first all-electric racing car called the I.D. R Pikes Peak – a vehicle with technology that will percolate down to road cars in the near future. ... more
    Independent |Life18 hours ago
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins puzzles fans with ‘scary’ T...
    Sir Anthony Hopkins has puzzled fans by sharing a creepy video of himself dancing around with wide eyes and a maniacal grin. ... more
    Independent |Style19 hours ago
  • Dr Miriam Stoppard: Water ‘therapy’ like taking ...
    The theory is that a dose of suffering releases tension, stress and depression - and doing it with colleagues is claimed to be team-building ... more
    Irishmirror |LS20 hours ago
  • Rapper Eminem celebrates 10 years of sobriety
    US rapper Eminem is celebrating a decade of sobriety. ... more
    Independent |Style20 hours ago
  • People are loving Penneys new swimwear line with prices from...
    Race you there! ... more
    Irishmirror |LS21 hours ago
  • Beyonce ‘slays’ her second Coachella show
    Beyonce cemented her superstar status with a second storming set at Coachella. ... more
    Independent |Style21 hours ago
  • ‘I’ve been in relationships with men who had int...
    Gwyneth Paltrow felt like a "failure" when she got a divorce. ... more
    Independent |Style22 hours ago
  • Beaming bride-to-be Meghan Markle looked stunning last night...
    Meghan Markle looked stunning last night in a navy Stella McCartney cape dress, when she and her fiancé Harry gathered to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in London. ... more
    Independent |Style23 hours ago
  • ‘I knew it wasn’t Olga any more, she was a state...
    Paul O'Grady has been left devastated following the death of his beloved dog Olga. ... more
    Independent |Life23 hours ago
  • St Fechin’s GAA club raffling €280k family home ...
    All of the money raised in the raffle will go towards building a new community centre ... more
    Irishmirror |LS24 hours ago
  • St Fechin’s GAA club raffling €280k family home ...
    All of the money raised in the raffle will go towards building a new community centre ... more
    Irishmirror |LS24 hours ago
  • ‘It doesn’t care what age you are or what sex y...
    Emmy-award winning TV presenter Baz Ashmawy has highlighted the “huge effect� gambling is having on people in Ireland today, ahead of his documentary on the subject. ... more
    Independent |Life24 hours ago
  • Prince William will make a mad dash on Harry and Meghan̵...
    Prince William, who is expected to be Harry’s best man when he marries Meghan Markle next month, will make a mad dash to the FA Cup final on the same day, according to reports. ... more
    Independent |Style1 day ago
  • ‘I got the all-clear but five months later I had melan...
    A 23-year-old woman who was diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year has urged people to get their skin checked, no matter their age. ... more
    Independent |Life1 day ago
  • ‘I have expensive taste!’ – Irish couture ...
    Irish-Turkish designer Umit Kutluk has "expensive taste" - and it shows. ... more
    Independent |Style1 day ago
  • Real Wedding: A fun ‘first look’ photo at David ...
    David and Kelley Quigley's character-filled wedding at Segrave Barns started with a 'first look' for the bride and groom and finished with their guests dancing long into the night at the beautiful new alternative wedding venue in Louth. ... more
    Independent |Life1 day ago
  • Real Wedding: A fun ‘first look’ photo at David ...
    David and Kelley Quigley's character-filled wedding at Segrave Barns started with a 'first look' for the bride and groom and finished with their guests dancing long into the night at the beautiful new alternative wedding venue in Louth. ... more
    Independent |Style1 day ago
  • ‘For compassion in crisis’ – Amy Huberman ...
    Irish actress Amy Huberman has lent support to the “Together for Yes� campaign ahead of the upcoming abortion referendum. ... more
    Independent |Style1 day ago
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