All at sea: “80 per cent of our tourists are from the domestic market, so there are a lot of people this will affect,” says Simon Murray. Photograph: IIC/Axiom/Getty

Some Irish islands face cuts in their services. One resident of Inishbofin says it might destroy their communities

Lonely path: at first Calvin O’Brien didn’t talk about splitting up and becoming a father. Photograph: Vetta/Getty

The Chats for Change campaign has been encouraging students to talk about stress and other mental-health problems

Get creative when something is cramping your style. Photograph: Thinkstock

Women in their 30s and 40s tend to be more hormonally stable, but issues emerge in the earlier and later years

Raw nature: Owen Crawford – with his partner, Mimi Pierson – has started delivering bottled raw milk

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Cleared for training: the Garda check on any adult who wants to work with children includes sports coaches. Photograph: Nancy Honey/Cultura/Getty

Background checks will soon be compulsory rather than optional for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults. But not eve(...)

Manor Street in Waterford where  anti-Roma protests took place

Gaby Muntean, a Roma community development worker talks about life in Ireland for her community

Winner: Paddy Crean at this week’s awards ceremony. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The 85-year-old has won a Golden IT award for his web-design and other online work – all of which helps him stay in touch

Kilmacurragh House   in 1932

One of the last Queen Anne-style houses in Ireland, it is believed to have been designed by William Robinson, who also did Kilmain(...)

 Cathy Breen, dietitian at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown,  gives a cookery demonstration. Photograph: Alan Betson

At Loughlinstown hospital, classes give patients the skills and confidence to make real changes

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