Katie Cooke runs with Dr Colin Doherty at the start of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on October 26th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On bank holiday Monday, like so many others, Katie Cooke ran the Dublin marathon. For an 18-year-old girl, this is some feat, but what is even more(...)

Dr Orla Killeen, paediatric rheumatologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin: ‘Most people are stunned when they hear about a child with arthritis, as it’s generally thought of as an older person’s disease.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I found rheumatology really interesting from the very first lecture. My final medical long case – a clinical bedside examination – was an older gentle(...)

Niteline is a confidential helpline for for third-level students, run by students from Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

I am a full-time student and also volunteer with Niteline Dublin. I work on the phones and online listening service and am a member of the executiv(...)

Laois footballer Colm Begley and  Movember’s Justin Coghlan at the announcement of a partnership between Movember, the GAA, and the GPA at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Since it began in 2003, the Movember Foundation has become an extraordinary force. What started with a group of Australian friends attempting t(...)

Annie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

I bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to my position as healthy campus coordinator in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). W(...)

 Dr Declan de Freitas, consultant nephrologist and transplant physician at Beaumont Hospital, in  a meeting with Aileen Counihan, in the transplant co-ordinators office. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mondays can be hectic because I am in Drogheda from early morning and then I travel back to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for ward rounds. Luckily for me(...)

Carol Breen: ‘Take care of your heart as it is not until problems arise that you realise how vital it is.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/ Provision

Four years ago, after going to the doctor with a severe bout of suspected indigestion, Carol Breen, who is now 54, was diagnosed with a blocked art(...)

Farm Loop, Lough Avalla, Co Clare Map OSI Sheet 51, 303 944 Time and distance 8km: two hours. Suitability Easy to moderate but be aware of(...)

Graeme Singleton with his wife, Grace, and their son, Lee. ‘When we started trying [for a baby], we expected to conceive straight away and when it didn’t happen, I really began to worry.’

I first noticed my testicle was swollen and uncomfortable around the end of February, 2014. I thought it was a sports-related injury as I had recen(...)

High heels and skinny jeans: How much are you prepared to suffer in the name of fashion? Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know that some of our clothes are kinder to us than others; by this we mean that they make us look better and accentuate our good points rather(...)