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A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'

The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.

The Irish For: Rings, cloth and matchsticks - the secrets of the bairín breac

Oíche Shamhna (Halloween) is fast approaching, which means it’s nearly time for a slice of brack.

From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June GIY

From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June

Although traditionally sown in December, putting the garlic in the ground now gives it the best chance of thriving in cold weather.

How I Spend My Money: A 32-year-old in Melbourne on €62,000 who loves the outdoors and plans to move home

The HR manager is hoping to move home to Ireland to start a family

I remember texting my friend: 'Not to scare you, but I think I'm going blind'

Singer NC Grey describes what it was like to lose sight unexpectedly in one eye – and how it has impacted her life.

Opinion: 'Dublin Murders shows how our obsession with crime stories is just part of the human condition'

Author Sam Blake explores how readers got hooked on crime stories – and why it’s no bad thing.

'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin

Gillies Macbain writes about one New Year’s night in the 1960s in an extract from his new memoir.

Rodney Edwards: How one brave man walked into our newspaper office to uncover shocking sex abuse cases

The Fermanagh journalist details how he and the victims are exposing wrongdoing and seeking the truth. It is not just his job, but his duty, he writes.

Lynn Ruane: Uniting movement groups in Ireland could lead to long-term change

There is common ground among different movement groups in Ireland, writes Lynn Ruane.

How I Spend My Money: A Kilkenny farmer on €32,000 with six adult children who likes a quiet life

The mother-of-six is keeping a tight budget in order to put her children through college.

Column: 'I had to give up hope of finding a permanent job in an Irish university'

Ilaina Khairulzaman had the choice of leaving Ireland or leaving academia.

The Irish For - Doomed tales of unrequited love in Irish literature

The tale of Úna Bhán and Tomás Laidir is one of many sad stories in Irish literature, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

How I Spend My Money: A doctor in Galway on €62,000 who lives at home to save money

The young doctor is living at home in Galway in order to save money to buy a house

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed

Events in Syria appear to represent a major setback for the US and a major victory for Syria’s President Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies, writes Tom Clonan.

'It's going to be difficult to establish a solution to the problem that the DeSouza case creates'

The issue about more than citizenship and identity, writes Sarah Creighton.

Saoirse McHugh: Fast fashion is hard to escape, but it is damaging our environment

There is no room, environmentally or socially, for fast fashion anymore, writes Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party.

How I Spend My Money: A 28-year-old engineer on €40,000 trying to save money while renting in Dublin

The young engineer is trying to balance saving while enjoying an active social life

The Irish For: The varieties of cailín and the deductive Coleen Rooney

Coleen is derived from cailín, the Irish word for a girl, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation GIY

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation

Roasting root vegetables has become a staple in our house, writes Michael Kelly.

How I Spend My Money: A Kerry woman in Toronto saving €700 a month to build her dream Irish home

The TV programmer is hoping to return to Ireland and build a home on her family’s land

'I turned to my husband Niall and asked if we could bring the baby back to the hospital'

New mum Nicola Fallon speaks of her experience suffering from post-natal depression.

Opinion: Single parents will be forced onto social welfare if childcare costs are not addressed

The new National Childcare Scheme could see lone parents losing out on subsidies.

Lynn Ruane: 'We can't keep failing young people with inadequate sex education'

We are hopefully moving towards a country with a more positive attitude to sex and relationships.

Opinion: The mental health of our children should be the focus of Budget 2020, not Brexit

A bereaved mother says no child deserves to die because of poorly-resourced mental health services.

How I Spend My Money: A student on €12,000 trying to balance work and college life

His parents are helping him pay for his rent and monthly expenses.

The Irish For: Vegans, vegetarians and the battle of translating modern words

It’s easy to lose the wordplay on English words when translating into Irish.

Opinion: Many students will be locked out of third-level if costs and supports don't start to balance

The cost of accommodation, grant reductions and rising fees are causing real challenges to young people.

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season GIY

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season

It’s difficult to tell when pears are ripe but there is a knack to it, writes Michael Kelly.

Opinion: The health service will collapse if the exploitation of Ireland's carers isn't addressed

Carers bear a huge burden but are not being looked after.

How I Spend My Money: Does your spending reflect the cost of living outside Ireland's cities?

We want to hear from you about the expenses or otherwise of living in urban or rural areas outside of Dublin.

Opinion: 'History's special status at Junior Cert level should be celebrated, but the curriculum has major blind spots'

Aspects of Irish history are conspicuous by their absence from the syllabus, writes Caoimhín de Barra.

How I Spend My Money: Engineer in Perth on €75,000 wonders if it's cheaper to live in Ireland

The Dublin-born engineer is preparing for the arrival of twins.

'Spending time in daylight is huge, especially if you work full time': How to mind your mental health this winter

Elaine Austin, CEO of Pieta House, shares some advice for anyone struggling.

Saoirse McHugh: Community-led rewilding could bring life back to the countryside

It is important to allow nature to do its own thing.

How I Spend My Money: Sales manager on €67,000 in Kildare saving for unpaid maternity leave

The mother-of-one is trying to save in order to take extra unpaid maternity leave in January

Opinion: Is there now an argument for banning e-cigarettes in Ireland?

E-cigarettes are not harmless, but now is not the time for mass hysteria, writes Professor Des Cox.

The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.

From the Garden: Storing, drying and stewing a large harvest of apples this season

Having your own fruit trees is both a joy and a challenge.

Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'

Michael Palin writes about what it’s like to journey to the tightly-controlled North Korea – and the mistakes he makes while filming two huge statues of the Great Leaders in Pyongyang.

Larry Donnelly: Removing Trump from office is still a remote possibility

How one sees the state of play depends, as ever, on which side of the aisle he is on, writes Larry Donnelly.