Kevin St Garda station, Dublin 8: the building is on the site of a medieval palace in one of Dublin’s most historic quarters. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Kevin Street and Fitzgibbon Street stations not yet on protected structures list

Identifying the stressors in the workplace is the first step to finding ways of reducing them. Photograph: iStockphoto

A demanding job or an ongoing heavy workload are widespread stressors that can be alleviated

Rasmus Hougaard, mindfulness trainer. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Rasmus Hougaard introduces corporate mindfulness training to an Irish audience

David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

A series of Climate Conversations began at Dublin Climate Gathering this week. One of the attendees explains why ‘ecopsychology’ i(...)

PE teacher Enda Tourish who saved the life of his 16-year-old pupil Ryan Callan by administering CPR after the student collapsed in 2014 during a PE class in Our Lady’s Secondary School in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Mark Steadman/Photocall Ireland

With up to 5,000 people dying from heart failure every year, more training and education is recommended

The Muintir na Tire officer has helped set up a community shop to help save his parish, in Co Roscommon

Europe-wide study: researchers in 15 countries are studying GM potatoes’ potential resistance to blight. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty

The Teagasc scientist in charge of an Irish potato trial talks about the effect of an EU decision to let member states ban EU-appr(...)

A remnant of the estate’s 19th-century monkey puzzles, plus towering specimens of the rhododendron ‘altaclerense’. Photograph: Megan O’Beirne

In National Tree Week, a new book should ensure that the unique collection of champion trees at Kilmacurragh in Co Wicklow is abou(...)

Prof June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, has published a book on dealing with the condition, ‘Dementia: The One-Stop Guide’.

Professor’s June Andrews’s book suggests the right lifestyle changes can delay effects

Students for health: Michael Hanrahan (centre) and fellow members of University College Cork. Photograph: Tomas Tyner

University College Cork is being recognised as a health-promoting university. A medical student explains what it means for college(...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

As the JTI Ireland tobacco company threatens to sue the Government over plain-packaging legislation, the Convenience Stores & News(...)

 Laurelmere, the recently restored cottage, at Marley Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cottage orné in Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park is new the headquarters and gardening school premises for the Royal Horticultural Societ(...)

Cleaning up in Westport, Co Mayo: Environment  is key to the Tidy Towns competition. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Tidy Towns contest is changing and volunteers say they need clearer guidance

Belcamp College, part of Belcamp House, showing signs of the disrepair into which the property on the Malahide Road, Dublin, has fallen.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Formerly a boarding school and seminary, Belcamp features an Oval Room modelled on the White House and a miniature castle in honou(...)

IVF: mitochondrial donation offers new hope. Photograph: Zephyr/SPL/Getty

British MPs have approved mitochondrial donation. How might Irish families benefit from a change to IVF law here?

Dispute: Fr Scully House, on Gardiner Street, in an architect’s impression

Couple returning from Spain discuss three-year wait for subsidised accommodation in Kildare

Louth county council has granted Kevin Woods planning permission for a ‘leprechaun cave’ which he has built on his own land in Carlingford. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Woods tells how he introduces visitors to the little people of Carlingford

Public Health nurse Margaret Scargill in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In this series we talk to health professionals and look behind their titles and job descriptions to get an insight into their work(...)

Jessica Kingston, theatre nurse and winner of RTÉ’s “Ireland’s Fittest Family”, took on Dr Owen Power at the “Smoothie Bike Challenge” during Health and Wellness Awareness day at the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork.

Pressure on hospitals can take a toll on staff, so self-care is being promoted at Bon Secours Hospital in Cork

The late Jim Mitchell with Patsy, Ruairí and Sinéad in 1976

Former residents recall births, weddings, music lessons and pizza parties in the house on Dawson Street, which has been the offici(...)

Photograph: DSPCA

Neglected horses are a bigger problem than abandoned puppies this January

 Sylvia Thompson with her dog in Greystones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After her level of fitness slipped, the Get Running programme got Sylvia Thompson back on track

Michelle Dillon is one of a team of forecasters who work 24/7 at Met Éireann

Aviation forecaster Michelle Dillon on the responsibility of forecasting the weather for airports and rescue helicopters

There’s more to Christmas activities than the ‘12 Pubs’ crawl. Here are some things to do from Christmas Day to early January

From left to right: Michael Noonan, Derek Cummins, Ian Bradley, secretary, and PJ Gallagher, patron and volunteer, of Blood Bike East.

Group of motorcycle enthusiasts deliver blood and tissue samples and essential supplies to hospitals out of hours for free

Joe and Ena Foley were so full of happiness

The first December after the loss of a loved one can be hard to bear. Distract yourself. Socialise only if you feel like it. And(...)

Kalbarri: Australian campers are friendly but not curious. They tend to take you at face value, go about their own business and only get involved if you need help.

Camping as part of the national psyche

Lisa Murphy: “Most of the people who were not happy about the outside” of DLR LexIcon “have been wowed by the inside”

Dún Laoghaire’s new central library, designed by Car, Cotter & Naessens, opened this week. What’s it like to work in?

Cable guy: laying fibre broadband. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty

The Government says everyone will have high-speed internet by 2020. The chairman of Mr Crumb, which supplies Marks & Spencer, Wait(...)

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

As the Department of Agriculture decides whether to ban or regulate raw milk, one farmer talks about why he drinks and supplies it(...)

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

Wedding: the couple mix sand at their humanist ceremony, which was celebrated by Brian Whiteside. Photograph: Daniel Kowalczyk/DK Photo

The number of humanist ceremonies is at its highest ever. What makes people choose this type of wedding?

Dr Velma Harkins: “Everyone agrees on the model of care but there is no agreement on how to fund diabetes care at GP practices.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Caring for diabetes patients in the community is the best model but it is not happening due to lack of money

In the week of World Mental Health Day, the 50-year-old speaks about what it’s like to live with mental ill health

Photograph: Yuri Arcurs/Hemera/Getty

Many young sex offenders began by downloading internet images of children being abused, according to One in Four, whose treatment (...)

Test of time: the ravaged interior of the Iveagh Markets on Dublin’s Francis Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Years of decline have taken their toll on the elegant Francis Street building. A developer plans to renew it and create a vibrant (...)

Ciara O’Farrell (6) and her brother Cian (4) at home near Wexford town. Photograph: Patrick Browne

About 60 of six-year-old Ciara O’Farrell’s joints are affected by the most severe type of juvenile arthritis

Lack of an overseeing body in some categories leaves a question mark over standards

Danger zone: Gabriel Fitzpatrick dons goggles before entering the isolation area of the Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Photograph: PK Lee/MSF

The chairman of Médecins Sans Frontières in Ireland has just returned from the organisation’s treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Max Barry (5), Ellie Mooney (7), Evan Wilkes (10) and Sophie Kirwan (11) at the Irish Heart Foundation’s pre-budget submission calling fora €30 million fund to tackle Ireland’s childhood obesity crisis. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

What efforts is the food industry making to reduce obesity in Ireland?

Age of experience: Ellen Ridden regularly speaks out on elder issues

The 74-year-old activist says that older people surviving on old age pensions can’t afford any more hidden charges

The Richmond Asylum, built in the 19th century from Dublin calp limestone with granite details

Officially opened in 1815, the building now has a collapsed roof, all of the windows are broken or boarded up, and the site is sur(...)

New role: John Murphy on the Moerans’ farm

Irish farmers are helping people with intellectual disabilities and mental-health problems to find fulfilling work

Stephen Allen, Aran Power and Kevin Power at Shannon after the rally. photograph: brian arthur/press 22

The Limerick man was one of only three motorcyclists to complete the 16,000km route – raising €12,000 for charity

St Senan’s Hospital is used by the HSE for same-day respite care and administrative offices, though the interior is in urgent need of repair. Photograph: Mary Browne

St Senan’s Psychiatric Hospital, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Linda-Anne O’Flaherty, who works at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, with a young boy who lost his leg in a crash.

Once treated with scepticism, essential oils can be used alongside hospital treatments

Turbine development: ‘It will ruin everything we’ve worked for and completely devalue our property.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An €80m wind-turbine project got the go-ahead this week. But local campaigners say their fight is not over yet

Studying abroad:   Tilburg University  in the Netherlands

Growing numbers of Irish students are waiving their CAO offers and choosing colleges on the Continent

Kilkee: keeping itself clean. Photograph: Alan Betson

Clare County Council is playing messages to holidaymakers to get them to clean up after their dogs. Its environmental awareness of(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

Traditional skills festival in Offaly

Pressure point: stress is the main cause of absence after cancer and back pain. Photograph: Thinkstock

The holistic approach looks after the individual while also dealing with productivity issues in the workplace

Anne Le Marquand Hartigan, at home in Ranelagh, has had both hips and knees replaced since 2002. Photograph: Alan Betson

I decided to travel to Miami to try out stem cells as an alternative, but it didn’t have any effect

Musical Memories choir rehearses.

Daily interactions in the community can counteract much of the isolation associated with dementia

Cliona Kelly breastfeeding baby Aoife. Photograph: Dearbhla Kelly

If breastfeeding doesn’t work out at first, it is possible to relactate and try again at a later stage

Pauline Joyce of Dublin airport security staff: the biggest delay is caused by people not having their liquids in a separate bag. Photograph: Garrett White

Following the US call for extra security measures on electronic devices, a member of staff at Dublin airport describes what it’s l(...)

 Oisín Corrigan, lifeguard on Dollymount Beach. Photograph: Alan Betson

With recent drownings in Cavan and Dublin, warnings were issued this week regarding unsupervised children. People are taking risks(...)

The stable block and chapel of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Trina Gilchriest and Adi Roche of Chernobyl Children International welcome 11-year-old Maryna Malinouskaya to Ireland. Photograph: Brian Arthur

150 Belarusian children arrived in Ireland last weekend for a holiday. One of their hosts explains what it means to them

Spontaneous destruction: a gorse fire blazes in 2006. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

As Bord na Móna warns of forest fires, staff are helping to keep watch on the bogs

Rockhill House, Letterkenny: the house was occupied by Anti-Treaty forces during the Irish Civil War

Rockhill House, Letterkenny

People can become malnourished when they are sick, due to the combined effect of reduced intake of food, the body’s attempt to deal with the illness, and prescribed medications.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Disease-related malnutrition costs the healthcare system more than obesity, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the Government asks cab drivers about their personal safety, one speaks about the hazards of working in Dublin

Ordination: Leo Creelman and his fellow deacons lie prostrate at St Patrick’s College. Photograph: Paul Keeling

Fifteen new deacons were ordained into the Catholic Church at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth last weekend

The Wonderful Barn was built in 1743 as a Famine relief project by Katherine Conolly, the widow of William “speaker” Conolly, of Castletown House. Photographs: Eric Luke

Famine folly may have future attraction

Monica Rowe: “It’s hard to listen to a child crying down the phone.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says a funding shortfall might threaten its 24-hour helpline

Stress-reduction courses for GPs have been widely used in Australia and North America. Photograph: Thinkstock

New self-care programmes including meditation are giving doctors a chance to deal with stress and burnout

Rebecca Lee in the Q102 studios: ‘It’s important for me to keep the condition under control for my work, particularly because I’d like to do television work in the future.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Exercise and a healthy diet help prevent my psoriasis flaring up

Catherine Rose, head of Age and Opportunity: ‘There is a very powerful internalised ageism that we all have to work against.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Catherine Rose, who retires from Age and Opportunity tomorrow, talks about the realities of ageing in Ireland

How it looked: St Teresa’s Gardens in 2009. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Dublin gives the go-ahead for a €10m regeneration project, one resident talks about her hopes for the future

When people are dying, their biggest fears are being a burden on their family, dying in pain or dying alone.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Four out of five people diagnosed with a serious illness say they would prefer to die at home

Bovine abductions: cattle rustling has been on the rise in the past two years

As the Garda tries to return stolen cattle to owners, a farmer talks about his experience

Whitfield Court, Co Waterford is  in receivership and for sale  by private treaty for €1.35 million

This early 19th century Italianate style building has been abandoned for almost 10 years

“Healthcare carried out in a secular manner is an experiment and we are experiencing some of the negative consequences of doing that in the US,” says Prof Harold G Koenig of Duke University

Where should we place religion and spirituality in healthcare?

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons at the area on Omey Island where prehistoric remains were revealed by  Atlantic storms. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Behind The News: Michael Gibbons, archeologist

‘If we don’t recognise wealth, we tend to lose it. For example, we might drain wetlands and lose the sponge effect, resulting in floods and huge compensation bills,’ says journalist Paddy Woodworth. Above: wetlands in Connemara. Photograph: Getty Images

It might sound sacrilegious, but placing a monetary value on nature might be the only way to protect scarce resources, a Dublin co(...)

Vernon Mount, a large 18th century villa with an unusual curved exterior. Photograph: Irish Georgian Society

Late 18th century villa is in poor condition with water damage and wet rot throughout

Barry Murphy, managing director of Paganini, which produces FitFuel ice creams. The products come in single-serving tubs.Photograph: ©Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Sick children need more nutrients than well children and a new protein-enriched Irish-made ice cream is winning fans across the co(...)

Shane Wallace: viral videographer

Behind the News: Shane Wallace, producer of Donegal “Happy” video

Mary Lennon at her home in Leopardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Three volunteers waived their anonymity to share their experiences of taking part in health research

Protest: asylum seekers, refugees and human-rights supporters march in Dublin last year against direct provision. Photograph: David Sleator

She arrived in Ireland in 2007, after fleeing physical torture. ‘But now I find this is mental torture,’ Sarah says about living i(...)

Hazelwood House in Sligo designed by Richard Castle, the architect behind Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Russborough House

Palladian mansion set on 80 acres has been for sale since May 2013 for €2.5 million

Photograph: JH Photography

Ciaran Carr is one of six anti-austerity activists who staged a sit-down protest at the Central Revenue Information Office in Dubl(...)

Psychologist Martin Seligman defines three components of happiness: pleasure, engagement (depth of involvement with one’s family, work, romance, hobbies); and meaning (using personal strengths to serve some larger end). Photograph: Getty Images

A branch called ‘positive psychology’ has spawned a whole new area of research into what makes us happy and why

Joanne Faulkner: ‘I’m inspired by Chinese medicine and the role of food in keeping our emotions and desires in balance.’

Eastern training and a passion for food inform Joanne Faulkner’s approach to conscious cooking

Eminent: Edward Kiely. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, who separated the conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, has b(...)

Aldborough House, Portland Row, Dublin 1

Campaigns to halt the ongoing deterioration of this 18th century building, once used as a school and an army barracks, have been u(...)

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is very keen to see the smoking ban extended to include smoking in cars where children are present. Photograph: Getty Images

Ten years after the smoking ban, anti-smoking campaigners believe there is much more to be done

Up to his neck: Brian Keogh by his house, in Ballycar; the flooded sections of the road are up to 350m long. Photographs: Liam Burke/Press 22

Brian Keogh lives in one of five homes cut off by floodwater in Co Clare since early last month

Great sense of pride: Tony Cusack of Limerick Marine Search & Rescue. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Searches for two missing students in the Limerick area were compounded earlier this week by an emergency response to what turned o(...)

Family: Gerry Collins with his wife, Delly, and children Stephen, Ciara and Lisa. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sisters are the daughters of Gerry Collins, face of the HSE’s Quit anti-smoking campaign, who died from lung cancer last Sund(...)

Yoga class: find one suitable for your level of fitness. Photograph: Getty Images

While yoga is still popular among many women, it has now been embraced by male athletes and football players

Architect Evelyn Darcy with Transition Year students from St Joseph’s Secondary School Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Architects bring design skills to Transition Year students learning about home, school and community

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