1. Travel through time in Trinity CollegeThe Book of Kells wows, but every Dubliner knows the crown jewel in Trinity College is its Old Library — an 18th-century, oak-shelved long room that could have apparated straight from the pages of Harry Potter. A rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation and a 15th century harp that inspired the emblem of Ireland are just the start of its treasures. Afterwards, leap forward a few centuries to the Science Gallery, an art-meets-science space, the exhibitions of which are guaranteed to bend your brain (and the coffee is pretty good, too) — PÓC If you like that, try this: St Patrick’s Cathedral — the big interior is brilliantly counterpointed by smaller discoveries, like Dean Swift’s death mask. Details: tcd.ie (€11/€9); dublin.sciencegallery.com (free) 2. Feel the chill at Kilmainham Haunted by the ghosts of our past, Kilmainham Gaol will always be associated with the 1916 executions. But there are over a … [Read more...] about The Dublin Bucket List: 30 things to do in the city before you die
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1 Step it up Power up your walk to work by climbing as many steps on your route as possible, suggests Cathy Soraghan, who is a trainer-to-the-stars and founder of Women on the Run (womenontherun.ie). If you commute on the Dart, why not factor in an extra minute of time before your train "to go up and over the footbridge at least twice before boarding?" she says. "And then that can be increased as you get fitter." No steps on your usual route? No problem. Use a kerb to tone your glutes instead. "Step up onto the kerb, adding in a hip extension by pulling your knee up towards your chest and then extending it back down to the street," Soraghan suggests, alternating legs and doing as many reps as you have time for. Or why not do "100 step-ups on the side of the footpath while you are waiting for the bus." Just be mindful of traffic. 2 Make the world your gym Opportunities for a quick blast of exercise are everywhere on a typical city street. "Public benches can be used for tricep dips," … [Read more...] about 10 ways to workout on your commute
It seems as if this summer the Irish population has taken to sea-swimming with a vengeance; everywhere you look near the coast there are people scurrying to and from the beach with towels rolled up under their arms, pre- or post-'fix', and the roads near the coast are jammed with cars looking for somewhere to park. Whatever about actually swimming in the sea, research from American analysing data collected in New Zealand shows that there are health benefits to be gained just from living by the sea. This is said to boost mental health and generally make people happier and more relaxed. Sea air has been shown to promote good sleep, thanks to its charge of healthy negative ions that accelerate the ability to absorb oxygen. If you are lucky enough to have sea views from your house - something that's known as 'blue space' - then that's even better; views of green space apparently didn't have the same positive impact on the mental health and well-being of the cohort of people whose data … [Read more...] about ‘Blue space’ therapy in Sutton
10. Mountain bike in Ballyhoura If your experience of cycling involves commuting in the city or tootling around of a weekend, it’s time to give mountain biking a bash. Ballyhoura, shared by counties Cork and Limerick, has the largest trail network of its kind in the country, combined with a drop-dead gorgeous backdrop, so it’s the perfect place to start. Beginners are kept happy with the 6km Greenwood loop, but serious bikers will be in heaven on the demanding 51km Castlepook loop. You can rent bikes and gear from Trailriders… even Kimye stopped by on honeymoon. — NB Do it: visitballyhoura.com, trailriders.ie; from €35 per day. If you like that, try this: Go wild in the wonderful Wicklow Mountains with a ride at Ballinastoe (biking.ie) — it’s just 45 minutes from Dublin. 11. Go back to basics on a survival weekend Who needs five-star hotels when you can spend a weekend striking flints, navigating by the stars and building your own shelter? … [Read more...] about The Irish Adventure Bucket List: 25 days out to try before you die!
0 Have your say Neurologist Jules Montague will appear at the Edinburgh Science Festival tomorrow. In this extract from her new book, Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We’re No Longer Ourselves, we meet Anita and Patrick as they receive a painful dementia diganosis One day, Patrick found his wife’s handbag in the fridge. They had spent the previous half-hour looking for it and there it was. On the second shelf, next to the cream cheese.As Alzheimer’s disease eroded Anita’s brain, nerve connections malfunctioned, abnormal proteins gathered and neurotransmitters failed. She asked Patrick the same questions repeatedly. Words vaporised and sentences misplaced structure. She muddled up faces and names.She had noticed the problems first, she said. Before the rest of the family. Occasionally losing things, missing the usual exit off the motorway, searching for words that returned sluggishly to her mind, long after a conversation had … [Read more...] about Jules Montague: If you can remember your childhood, but not your children, are you still you?