Family and Lifestyle

For many of us, getting enough sleep can be a luxury or, perhaps like me, you’re a parent of a young child and a full eight hours sleep is a distant memory, or there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. For many sleep is a precious part of our day that we never have enough of. Sleep plays a crucial role in our energy levels...

Dr Louise Jane ClarkeAs a psychologist, I encourage all parents to be mindful of their health to prevent stress and burnout. Although being a new parent is a wonderful experience for many, it can leave some parents vulnerable to exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed. However, finding time to take care of yourself is crucial to...

The Easter holidays have only just finished and already we can look forward to another long weekend. This bank holiday weekend, you'll be getting ready to celebrate the month of Our Lady.Every year, on the first of May, people around Ireland gather blossoms and other May flowers to place at the altar of Our Lady.Perhaps you and your family...

I know it happens but I was still shocked when a friend told me that after 30 years of being together she and her husband had separated. “It had got to the stage where he disliked me as much as I disliked him,” she explained. That's what shocked me so much I think. There was no great drama. There was nobody else involved. There was...

"It is hugely brave to walk out the front door with very little sight and take on the world with effectively just a cane," says Chris White, CEO of the National Council for the Blind (NCBI), of the charity's service users.Supporting, training and building up the confidence of people with various levels of sight loss, so that they can...

Rhubarb bonds with so many flavours, like rhubarb and custard tart and hard-boiled sweets, or rhubarb and ginger jam. But it’s also fantastic on its own, without interference from other flavours.Rhubarb jelly2 lbs rhubarb washed and trimmedJuice 2 large oranges and 2 large lemons (or three small to medium lemons)6 tbsp caster sugar4 tsp...

Nicole TurnerI was born with a disability called hypochondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. At the age of five my parents sent me to have swimming lessons for safety reasons and then I joined a local swimming club in Portarlington, Piranha Swim Club where I trained three times a week.When I was seven years of age, in order to meet other people with...

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