Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Small galleries, big art

Small galleries, big art

A host of small, independent galleries are helping new Irish artists showcase their work and bringing culture to their communities

On the right path

On the right path

‘It’s really hard to explain why doing something slower has a value,’ says walking adventurer Erling Kagge, whose book Walking: One Step at a Time is a meditation on how we can express and become ourselves through this most humble of physical pastimes. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire falls in step

Indulge in an Easter eggstravaganza

Indulge in an Easter eggstravaganza

With the schools’ Easter holidays kicking off this Friday, Sarah Taaffe-Maguire selects some inspiring options for parents and kids alike

It’s easy, being green

It’s easy, being green

Expert gardeners offer eight simple ways to become a more ethical gardener, help the environment and get blooming great results. writes Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Doctor in the house: PhD struggles

Doctor in the house: PhD struggles

The life of a PhD student is often romanticised as one of tranquil studies and labours of love, but the reality tends to involve long hours, punishing workloads and little financial reward

Cry the beloved country

Cry the beloved country

With its economy devastated by US sanctions on oil and its social structures starting to break down, Venezuela is bracing itself for possible American military invasion and potentially a full-scale civil war. A large chunk of its population has left the country, and Sarah Taaffe-Maguire spoke to a number of them who have ended up in Ireland

A school with a difference

A school with a difference

It’s a ‘proper, normal school’, but it’s not regulated by the state. The Institute of Education is celebrating its 50th year of providing young people with grinds, full-time secondary education and ‘personal development’ - and its students and alumni rave about it.

She built that

She built that

Construction has long been dominated by men. But the industry is working hard to change that - and to show young women what viable career options exist, from painting and decorating to sales to project management

Talking her way to the top

Talking her way to the top

Angela Scanlon studiously avoids the ‘self-flagellation’ of looking back as she rapidly becomes one of the BBC’s biggest stars

The science of sleep

The science of sleep

Tom Coleman is a leading health and wellness expert who has consulted on sleep and nutrition for leading companies nationally and internationally. He has also worked with elite teams and athletes on fatigue management. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire asks him the burning questions about getting a good night’s shut-eye

Fast company: The growing e-scooter trend

Fast company: The growing e-scooter trend

What’s as convenient as a car, eco-friendly as a bicycle, and theft-proof as something you can fold up and take with you? It’s an e-scooter - and it’s about to take Ireland by storm. Hop on, says Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Look and learn

Look and learn

The 17th International Film Festival in Dublin will feature talks, documentaries and photographic exhibition which look behind the scenes of Irish cinema, writes Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

We need to talk about death

We need to talk about death

How would you prefer to die? And how would you like to be sent off into the hereafter? It’s some people’s jobs to make us think, talk about and plan for dying. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire meets five people for whom death is part of the day job, and asks if Ireland is becoming more comfortable with discussing the great inevitable

Pictures of the dispossessed

Pictures of the dispossessed

Serbian political activist and photographer Vukašin Nedeljković sought asylum in Ireland and found himself in direct provision. Photographs he took of reception centres he lived in at the time, or has visited since, have led to a book, a website and now a touring exhibition

Living history

Living history

From art, to history, to social history and architecture: now that the recession is over, Ireland is seeing a boom in the planning and opening of museums of all kinds. But they’re more than just repositories of old things, as Sarah Taaffe-Maguire discovers