Breaking the drink link: Why today's students stay sober

Friday 23rd November 2018 - John Meagher

When Damien McClean talks about college life - about the happy years he spent as a mathematics student at Trinity College Dublin - his words may fail to register with former students of an older hue. Visits to the pub were comparatively infrequent, getting together over steaming cups of coffe... Read more →

Parents will be able to take a full year off to care for new baby

Friday 23rd November 2018 - Kevin Doyle - The Irish Independent

Parents will be able to look after their newborn at home for the first year under plans to extend parental benefit. The Government has promised to give mothers and fathers seven weeks of paid leave each by 2021. When combined with existing maternity and paternity entitlements and normal annu... Read more →

It was the inconsistency of care that was most devastating' - addiction specialist reveals what it was like growing up with alcoholic parent

Friday 23rd November 2018 - Fran Creffield - The Irish Independent

Fran Creffield is an addiction and co-dependency specialist at Vital Detox retreats in the UK. Her mother died of alcoholism 28 years ago, and her father died earlier this year, aged 87. Her parents separated before she was born. Here she talks about what it was like growing up with an alcoholic par... Read more →

Is your drinking dangerous?

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Regina Lavelle - The Irish Independent

Emma Doran is hardly a poster girl for the temperance movement, but as far as drinking in Ireland goes, she's not far from a model of restraint. For example, she doesn't drink during the week, and she usually drinks just one or two nights at weekends. Not a saint then, but at best, a down-table si... Read more →

Dementia may begin in womb due to 'DNA spelling errors'

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Sarah Knapton - The Irish Independent

Dementia may begin in the womb when mistakes in DNA store up problems for the future, a study by Cambridge University suggests. Researchers knew inherited mutations in genes make people more likely to develop diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but the paper claims those same genes ... Read more →

Be aware of the calories you're dishing up this year

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Karl Henry -

Today is week three of my fool-proof plan to get you into the shape of your life for Christmas and beyond. By now your clothes should be starting to feel looser, you're sleeping better, have more energy and recovering faster from your training sessions. All of these are the by-products of becoming... Read more →

Five ways you can spread some vital Christmas cheer

Monday 19th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

Whisper it. There are only 37 days left to Christmas. Plenty of time to look forward to the joy and excitement, to plan presents for your loved ones, or big meals for when the relations call over with boxes of biscuits, maybe a bottle of good cheer. Like the song says: 'It's the most wonderful t... Read more →

Low-carb diet 'best for losing weight'

Monday 19th November 2018 - The Irish Independent - The Irish Independent

Low-carb diets allow people to lose more than one-and-a-half stones over three years because they boost metabolism, a study suggests. Scientists behind the research believe the regimen may be best for long-term weight loss because it most successfully overcomes the "bounce" that sees many die... Read more →

I could hardly lift my hands' - Davy Fitzgerald's depression after sleep disorder

Monday 19th November 2018 - Michael Verney - The Irish Independent

Davy Fitzgerald has revealed his battle with depression after being diagnosed with a serious sleep disorder just weeks after becoming Wexford hurling manager in 2016. Fitzgerald's ongoing heart problems are well-known but he outlined how treatment for the disorder required the wearing of mask... Read more →

'How I'm helping our young children grieve following my wife's death'

Friday 16th November 2018 - John Fitzsimons - The Irish Independent

Almost two years ago, John Fitzsimons' wife Grainne died of cancer, leaving behind two young children. Here he writes movingly about helping them grieve It's 7.15am on Thursday, December 22, 2016. I am sitting on the floor in my six-year-old daughter Ella's bedroom at our home in Templeogue, lean... Read more →