Almost half of all women now say they enjoy DIY, but with some hardware stores still bastions of old-fashioned sexism, has the DIY trade cottoned on to the changing times? But for a growing number of Irish women, it appears, DIY is an enjoyable pastime. “The myth of DIY being for men is just that, a myth”, commented Annemarie Harte, CEO of Hardware Association Ireland. Why would hardware stores need to “adapt” to be able sell products to women? There’s still an unavoidable gender divide in the types of DIY tasks women like, though, with a leaning towards more aesthetic jobs like painting and furniture restoration.
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He wrote a consoling letter to Gregory’s mother Lady Gregory, Yeats’s great patron, recounting his meeting with her son on the Western Front. Robert Gregory resented Yeats’s long sojourns at Coole during the summer and ejected him from the master bedroom. Gregory was much more than a fighter pilot who died in the first World War. One hundred years on, his relative Geoffrey O’Byrne White has posited an interesting theory as to how Gregory died. If so, it would have been the one developed by doctors in Trinity College Dublin and which saved thousands of lives in the first World War.
January 23, 2018 00:02 UTC
After all, Kerry have never failed to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals — with just two losses in their 17 appearances. Four years ago, James Horan noted how quiet the Mayo following became in the closing stages of the 2013 final loss to Dublin. Distance from Croke Park would be another excuse but then the tracks routinely made by Mayo fans would debunk that theory. Five years ago, Kerry people turned out in force believing they were saying goodbye to a team. Now they have the opportunity to say hello to another as Fitzmaurice bloods a collection of greenhorns, David Clifford among them.
City councillors have called for the OPW’s controversial flood defence scheme for Cork to be peer-reviewed amid confirmation that work on phase one is due to start this summer. This will be the first element of the OPW’s overall €160m flood defence scheme in Cork — the largest scheme of its kind in the history of the State. But several councillors raised concerns about the OPW’s flood defence designs. Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said he wanted to see the final designs for Morrison’s Island embrace, reflect and celebrate the rich history and heritage of the area. He said the Morrison’s Island plan has yet to go through the Part 8 planning process, which includes public consultation.
Irish technology experts are working on a device that can track wandering dementia sufferers. It will increase the survival rates of “wandering patients” and reduce the stress of caregivers. There are 55,000 dementia sufferers in Ireland and, according to TSSG project co-ordinator Gary McManus, wandering is common among them. The Carelink team will design an innovative, wearable device for dementia patients at various stages of the disease. “Carers require customisable, low-cost methods for remotely monitoring the location and proximity of patients,” said commercialisation specialist Christine O’Meara.
Game Of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington took a break from filming the hit fantasy show to pose with huge replicas of their new stamps. The stars – who play Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in the programme – appear on a new set of first class stamps released by Royal Mail on Tuesday. Emilia Clarke with her stamp (Royal Mail/PA)The set of 15 stamps highlights British contributions to the HBO series, which so far has been mainly filmed in Northern Ireland with a predominantly British and Irish cast. The Iron Throne (Royal Mail/PA)The collection’s release comes ahead of the eighth and final series, which is currently in production. Game Of Thrones stamps (Royal Mail/PA)The stamps are available from Tuesday at www.royalmail.com/gameofthrones, from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and by calling 03457 641 641.
Former Spice Girl Geri Horner has ruled out starring in Strictly Come Dancing. Reflecting on her time in the Spice Girls, Horner said learning dance routines was “very full-on”. Ex-Spice Girl Geri Horner has ruled out appearing on Strictly Come Dancing (Victoria Jones/PA)Speaking to the Radio Times about the television programmes she likes to watch, Horner said: “I watch Take Me Out and Strictly. I love seeing the Strictly outfits and it looks like everyone has a great time on it. The Spice Girls perform during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London, in 2012.
Cork Golf Club“Our key goal for Cork Golf Club is to continue to improve our facilities in the club, to present the course in the best possible condition, attract new members and ensure visitors enjoy their visit to Cork Golf Club,” says Matt Sands, the club’s general manager. Views over Cork Harbour with the par 5 No 5 green in the foreground at Cork Golf Club. Looking back down the fairway at No 11 at Clonmel Golf Club in Co Tipperary. Spectacular views of the Atlantic from the 13th hole at Strandhill Golf Club in Co Sligo. Portarlington Golf Club (Laois)“Our key goal for Portarlington in 2018 is to significantly increase theawareness and marketing of our top class, affordable golf club and course,” says Noel Dunne, the club 2018 president.
The Patriots will try to match the Pittsburgh Steelers’ six Super Bowl trophies when they face the Eagles (15-3) on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. Oddsmakers like the chances of Brady winning a sixth Super Bowl ring, making the Patriots nearly a touchdown favorite to beat the Eagles. The Patriots and Eagles, who last won an NFL title in 1960, several years before the first Super Bowl, met in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season with the Patriots prevailing 24-21. Hours after Brady’s game-winning 4-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining in Foxborough, the Eagles won for the fourth time in five tries under Foles. They also made New England a big favorite to win the Super Bowl next year in Atlanta.
Child psychologist Dr David Carey, who has over 25 years experience in clinical and educational settings, believes homework for children who are still in primary school serves little purpose. Geraldine Tuohy, a primary school teacher for the past eight years, works as a home school community liaison co-ordinator in an inner city school. Primary school homework at senior class level shouldn’t take more than an hour and, if it does, the school needs to review it. Prof Cooper found evidence of a positive link between homework and student achievement, meaning students who did homework performed better in school. but it has a big impact’As soon as Sarah-Jayne Tobin’s son comes in the door from school, homework takes over.
January 23, 2018 00:00 UTC
Question: I received a reminder letter from my son’s secondary school regarding a voluntary contribution. If it is voluntary, why ask for it a second time? Regarding the voluntary contribution itself, its existence arose as a central building block of the so called “free education” scheme introduced by the then minister for education Donagh O’ Malley in 1966. Teachers’ salaries were in 1966 and are today totally unrelated to whether schools opt to join the State scheme. In your circumstances, you may choose to support your child’s education by making the “voluntary contribution” or not.
January 23, 2018 00:00 UTC
Jeff Tweedy says his upcoming gig in Ireland will feature a mix of his solo material and some of Wilco’s early albums, writes Ed Power. Most notoriously, in 2001 Wilco had a public falling out with their label, Warner Music, over their abrasively experimental fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. “I don’t think it would be helpful for me. I don’t think I saw the sun once. Alas things had fallen apart amid bad blood between Tweedy and Jay Farrar, with whom he shared singing and writing.
That is one of the main reasons to have life insurance, to protect your financial dependents. We are all well used to ringing around for our house or car insurance — it should be the same with life insurance. The survey found 36% of those who think that less than 80% of life insurance claims are paid out in Ireland consider life assurance a poor investment. Life insurance companies make their claims histories available and brokers can also get the information, so potential customers can check the insurer’s history before committing. You might have an increased premium but again, cover your immediate risk.
Migrant workers are living in fear following the Brexit vote, a Northern Ireland community organisation said. An EU-funded cross-border project entitled Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries, will be launched in Portadown, Co Armagh, on Tuesday. He will be working with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland in the Republic, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Ulster University to promote migrant rights. The cross-border project received one million euro under the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. MRCI director Edel McGinley said: "This is a new and innovative approach to cross-border cooperation that puts workers’ rights at its heart.
John Meyler would prefer if Cork’s Allianz Division 1A opener against Kilkenny was played on Sunday afternoon and not on Saturday night. The new manager completely understands why the game is scheduled for an evening throw-in as Páirc Uí Chaoimh is celebrated as the first stadium in the country to boast LED lights. “The whole thing today is about customer experience, it’s about social media and what the public want. There’s a fantastic experience available now in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. He won an All-Ireland football medal with Cork and has brought in that organisational ability, that character, that presence.