Family and Lifestyle

It’s Easter weekend and it’s time to rip open the bags of mini eggs for some serious Easter baking. But before you jump straight into helping your parents make a bunny rabbit cake or a chocolate nest, think of ways you can bake that reflects what Easter’s all about. This light orange sponge inspired by Resurrection Hill is...

An ageing population has led to a significant increase in the number requiring nursing home care in Ireland in recent years. While the vast majority of adults aged over 65 continue to live at home, about 5% have care needs that require placement in long-term care rising to about 20% in those aged over 80 years. Indeed, the average age of...

I am a happy mammy. For three weekends in a row my whole brood is at home. It is unusual enough to get our older two girls home together but because of a few family events and now Easter we are having a great run of family time. I love the banter and craic, sitting longer round the dinner table, Diarmuid recounting the details of every point...

I hail from the small rural area of Boardsmill in Co. Meath. I’m 24 and currently studying history and geography in Maynooth University in the hope of entering the teaching profession. My parents are teetotallers all their lives, so alcohol was mainly absent from our family home.This helped determine my choice, not only to be a teetotaller...

April is full of those perfect early spring days when the sun is shining, the air is clear and you just want to get out into the garden and enjoy it.Clip over winter-flowering heather with shears now that they have finished flowering. This will dead head and tidy them up in one job. Prune hydrangeas lightly, just a little deadheading really.The...

Whenever visiting London, I like to walk across Westminster Bridge on the way from Waterloo station. The vista of Westminster palace and the Thames stretching towards Tower Bridge is a sight to behold. I had been there just a few weeks before the recent terror attacks, with the children in tow, all excited about Big Ben and watching the boats...

According to The Good Retreat Guide, a retreat is a journey that can be religious or spiritual in nature, and is typically taken away from the confines of everyday living. Its purpose is to get closer to God and to rediscover one’s faith. Some adults will go on a retreat every few years and possibly every year. It might be the only time that...

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