Catherine Healy

Catherine Healy

Books: One woman’s life in a land of chaos

Books: One woman’s life in a land of chaos

Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam pieces together the life of her paternal grandmother in this richly imagined debut, which draws on oral testimonies, field trips and deep historical reading

This is 18: Are the kids alright?

This is 18: Are the kids alright?

Just a few short years from now, Generation Z - those individuals born from 1995 onwards - will be moulding the future of every big sector from technology to politics. Catherine Healy spoke to 18-year-olds living in Ireland

Spot-on about inequality, if a bit short on answers

Spot-on about inequality, if a bit short on answers

While British Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson’s book provides clear-eyed analysis of the challenges facing women, its proposed remedies can seem trite

A weighty subject

A weighty subject

Child obesity is on an inexorable upward trend, exacerbated by issues of social class and income. But what can be done to counteract it? Catherine Healy speaks to medical experts who are trying to find the answer

A screen test for parents

A screen test for parents

Almost a quarter of seven-year-olds and eight-year-olds whose mothers had not educationally progressed beyond the Junior Certificate were looking at screens for more than three hours on any weekday

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: A woman whose philosophy stood the test of time

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: A woman whose philosophy stood the test of time

A particularly vivid in charting the struggle for suffrage

Looking for the hidden female voices

Looking for the hidden female voices

A vocal proponent of female visibility in theatre, Oonagh Murphy’s latest directorial work, Tribes, at the Gate Theatre speaks to her passions for activism and drama

Unravelling the world’s anti-social networks

Unravelling the world’s anti-social networks

Non-Fiction: The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power, By Niall Ferguson , Allen Lane, €30

On the market

On the market

Catherine Healy rounds up the best homes currently on offer

An Italian job on the shores of Lough Erne

An Italian job on the shores of Lough Erne

On the banks of Lough Erne lies a country house inspired by Andrea Palladio’s Villa Forni Cerato

On the market

On the market

Catherine Healy rounds up the best homes currently on offer

On the market

On the market

Catherine Healy rounds up the best homes currently on offer

Wexford’s hidden house on the hill

Wexford’s hidden house on the hill

This lovingly restored farmhouse has a fascinating past as a hideaway-cum-lookout-post in the War of Independence, but is now simply a quiet eyrie with stunning views

There’s something about Seána

There’s something about Seána

Seána Kerslake began her career on screen, yet she is proving as formidable on stage, writes Catherine Healy

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

A vibrant new generation of ceramics makers is breathing new life into an art form often perceived as staid and stagnant