Family Friction“When we come together as a collective… we kind of transcend ourselves in a little way.”

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In the third and concluding part of his Drivetime series, Dr Paul D’Alton talks to Mary Wilson about family friction over the holiday period, a time of year that, he says, is so important and so significant for many people. “People at end of life will hang on over the next few days to spend that Christmas, to be alive …

Mary Wilson and Dr Paul D'Alton

Bereavement“It’s one day, and it does pass.”

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In the second part of a Drivetime series on mental health at Christmas, clinical psychologist Dr Paul D’Alton had some suggestions on coping skills for anyone affected by bereavement at this time of year. So much of it comes down to adjusting your expectations, according to Dr D’Alton. He says ideas that grief follows a predictable path are not helpful. …

Social Anxiety“A big dollop, I think at this time of year, a big dollop of self-compassion, a big dollop of generosity for oneself.”

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With a bit of preparation, anxiety can be made to melt into the background at Christmas time, making way for some welcome joy in the depths of winter. That’s according to clinical psychologist Dr Paul D’Alton. He spoke to Mary Wilson on Drivetime in the first of three chats on managing social anxiety and finding a way to survive work …

‘Compassion… is best understood as a verb, it’s something that we do’

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In terms of our pursuit of happiness and fulfilment, could we be looking for all the right things in all the wrong places? If there was a fail-safe method to manifest inner peace, outer prosperity and every good thing in between, then there would be no need for a multi-billion dollar self-help industry that promises us everything under the sun …

Olivia O'Leary on the Song of Amergin‘It’s a poem that sounds a deep echo with any of us born on this island.’

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Sometimes a song is enough. A song and a place. I was 14, in a proper Gaeltacht for the first time. Baile na Sceilige. Ballinskelligs in County Kerry. Inlander as I am, used to the gentle river valleys of home, I was stunned by the epic beauty of this place. But I was still resisting the actual Irish classes until the teacher taught us a local song. It …

Olivia O'Leary on Cyclists‘It’s time we called in the law and fought for our footpaths.’

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Every Easter Monday in recent years, O’Connell Street in Dublin has been closed off to traffic. And it’s been splendid. For once, we can enjoy the great girth of that fine street and all the music and open-air historical events available from the river up to Parnell Square without the tyranny of traffic. The street becomes a plaza. A great meeting place. Rather than being divided …

Olivia O'Leary on Trump‘Trump could win again…we may be fooling ourselves if we think he won’t.’

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He could win again, you know. I woke up this morning realising that Trump could win again. And that we may be fooling ourselves if we think he won’t. And I wasn’t thinking particularly about the summit with North Korea but just about the odds. And they were the same odds that indicated that he would win in the first place in 2016. I had a great …

The Olivia O'Leary column‘Is it possible that the abortion issue might be the one that breaks the tribal lines in the North?’

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Nobody knows more than the fella in the pub. The combined knowledge of a dozen university departments are as nothing when compared with the profound wisdom of the fella in the pub. The same fella knew more about having babies, about classical music, about politics than any of us who might claim some expertise in the area. Indeed, my husband, wandering in …