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My workout: Ameet Palahe, 28, CrossFit devotee – ‘It’s addictive’

I go to the 7am class every single weekday before work. My colleagues think I’m crazy<p>I was very active at school, but at uni I had new priorities, ever-changing timetables, and it was hard to get into a routine. I got lazy. When I moved home after graduating, I wanted to get fit again, but the gym …

Your new iPhone’s features include oppression, inequality – and vast profit

Human battery hens make Apple’s devices in China. The company, which has a bigger cash pile than the US government, symbolises a broken economic system<p>Soon enough, we will see the first obituaries for openness, free trade and globalisation. When those writers ponder how wealthy countries turned …

‘This challenge hasn’t been easy . . . but I can’t recommend it enough’

When Rachel Collins agreed to take the Swim for a Mile challenge, it seemed a long way off...<p>Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 01:00<p>Rachel Collins<p>I firmly believe …

News (Ireland)

Get Running: You are ready for the massive reward

Don’t listen to the voices in your head – you are a runner. You don’t have to run fast; start at your own pace<p>Mon, Jan 25, 2016, 13:00<p>Video<br>• Images<p>Are …

The Happy Pear: ‘When we started, people looked at us with pity’

The Flynn twins behind the Happy Pear became vegetarians – each unbeknown to the other – on the same day 14 years ago. It was the start of something …

Glenn Frey: 20 Essential Songs

From Eagles' Seventies masterpieces to his solo Eighties hits, here are the late singer-songwriter's finest tracks<p>"In the beginning, we were the …

Glenn Frey

Unthinkable: Why your first kiss will stay real forever

An activity epiphany: I’ve realised most apps on straps are rubbish

Don’t let technology spoil the fun of the run. Getting fit means exercising; it doesn’t mean being a techno wizard<p>Tue, Jul 14, 2015, 06:00<p>Have you …

The Misplaced Nostalgia for Movies Like “The Graduate”

How much money is the right amount to make a movie? How much time should it take to shoot one? How long should it take to write and refine a screenplay? And what’s the artistic price of sketchy writing, scant budgeting, and rapid shooting? Those are the challenging questions that one of the …

Explore space from the comfort of your home

Spacehack.org helps people to find ways to contribute to space research. No formal training is required<p>Thu, Jul 9, 2015, 03:00<p>Wouldn’t it be …

Irish Catholics can now trace ancestry online back to 1740s

Almost 300 years of parish registers to be made available by National Library of Ireland<p>Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 22:28<p>People of Irish Catholic ancestry will …

What's the secret to happiness in life? The answer lies in the statistics

According to the figures, Australians are pretty satisfied with our lives. So why do we whinge? Who’s doing well? And which groups suffer or are left wanting more?<p>Australians are a pretty contented bunch. We do grumble a bit, and perhaps are less content with our lot than we should be. Despite …

Irish in crisis – we need a New Deal to revitalise the language

‘We need to address the crisis of Irish in its native-speaking community – now marginalised to be merely court jesters to the cultural dominance of …

Cancer risk from burnt food highlighted by European agency

Food safety experts say children are most exposed group and urge more selective habits<p>Fri, Jun 5, 2015, 01:02<p>Correspondent<p>It’s not an old wives’ …

Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca takes Best in the World title again

Noma drops to third place as El Celler de Can Roca retakes the title it last held in 2013<p>Mon, Jun 1, 2015, 22:23 Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015, 10:24<p>The …

The 20 best days out in Ireland

The judges of the ‘Irish Times’ Best Day out in Ireland competition have chosen their long-list of 20 excursions. Skellig Michael, Glenveagh and the …

Obsessively creating images is producing a culture that is turning in on itself

We have become a culture that treats experiences as if they exist to be captured<p>Tue, May 26, 2015, 00:01 Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015, 12:27<p>We live in …

Is the bank of mum and dad taking on more than its share?

Parents need to be cautious about supporting adult children financially<p>Tue, May 19, 2015, 01:50<p>The expectation for an adult child to take care of …

De-Google your life: it’s worth the hassle if you value your privacy

Data privacy may seem like a distant and abstract concept but what is more personal than the information you are sharing with Google?<p>Thu, May 14, …

News (Ireland)

Death valley: the land war gripping Honduras

With a murder rate 65 times higher than Ireland’s, Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries. And few parts are more dangerous than the …

Electric shocks and E.Coli: Oh Mudder, where art thou?

Outdoor exercise can be much tougher than a walk in the park, but also comes with some serious risks<p>Most Read

Walk to recall Famine victims offered flight or starvation

Walk from Roscommon to Dublin honours the ‘missing 1,490’ Strokestown tenants<p>Sat, Apr 18, 2015, 01:00<p>When Caroilin Callery was a teenager, her father …

Wild Atlantic Way: it is big and bold, but it also needs to be sensitive and fair

Viewpoint: ‘Calling something “eco-tourism” does not make it so, unless it can offer sustainable employment in these terms’<p>Wed, Apr 15, 2015, …

Ranulph Fiennes' next challenge: 156 miles through the Sahara

71-year-old explorer prepares for the Marathon des Sables, said to be the toughest footrace on earth<p>“I suppose I’m too old to bother with nerves,” laughed Sir Ranulph Fiennes as he prepared for what could be his toughest challenge yet: the Marathon des Sables – a six-day, 156-mile stage race …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

Happiness

Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video

A photographer has taken a selfie every mile for an epic journey across America, walking from Mexico to Canada, and compiled them in an amazing …

Depression in football - special report: PFA want to stop another Clarke Carlisle or Gary Speed situation

PFA's welfare unit takes between 15-20 calls a week concerning mental illness and well-being problems<p>Michael Bennett’s phone bleeps. It is 7pm on a Sunday and he reads a brief email. It is from a footballer. “He said he had not been able to see his son and that he had tried to commit suicide,” …

‘When I wake up, I’ll have breasts. They’ll just take a while to become mine’

Cancer gene mutation plagues Gráinne Faller’s family, but she’s ready for her mastectomy<p>Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 07:00<p>Never again will I have to have …