‘A lot of students are coming to us already scarred’: Why Irish sex education needs a reboot
All too often, issues like consent and sexual violence are neglected on the curriculums of Irish schools, resulting in pupils being woefully uninformed on key issues. But moves are now finally afoot to change all that
A singular journey: why more women are going it alone
A growing number of women are electing to become single mothers by choice, forgoing the traditional nuclear family route. What are the motives behind their decision, and how do they overcome the challenges posed as a result?
How the big day got smaller: the rise of the micro wedding
Rather than postpone (again), many couples are opting to get married now but with tiny guest lists, a lot less fuss – and, in many cases, a lot more intimacy and relaxation
It takes an ecovillage: How Cloughjordan is leading the way in sustainable living
As climate change and Covid-19 lead many of us to reassess our busy city lives, the ecovillage in Cloughjordan in Tipperary is quietly leading the way in community and environmentally friendly living
The great shecession: how Covid-19 is holding women back
From endless caring duties to more frequent job losses to the decimation of entire female-heavy sectors, Covid has been extra-hard on working women. How can the damage be repaired?
Doing it for the fans: a very adult-themed subscription site
The web platform OnlyFans is making overnight stars out of those prepared to get risqué on camera. Will it take off in Ireland?
Book review: Fearless Woman: Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Feminism and the Irish Revolution by Margaret Ward
A pioneering woman who earned her place in Irish political history
Ferriter’s timely analysis puts border issues in perspective
The familiar story of modern Anglo-Irish relations is set against a rich backdrop of social perspectives, with quotes from authors, campaigners and victims of the Troubles making sure the human dimension is never lost
A positivity manual to extract maximum joy from your life
The more philosophically minded might question the worthiness of achieving joy as an end in itself, but Fetell Lee makes a convincing case for the proposition, contending that small adjustments to our surroundings can be socially useful as well as self-enriching
Personal essays amount to more than mere musings of a comic millennial
Like many other female writers of her generation, Abbi Jacobson is well capable of recognising the narcissistic feel to her contemplations. She is viciously self-aware, almost to the point of cruelty
A mawkish story is rescued by its own authenticity
Paris Echo is Sebastian Faulks’s third France-set novel, but he avoids an entirely romantic gaze of Parisian life, thanks in large part to this Moroccan narrator