Richard Barrett, left, had a stroke while driving a council truck, but his colleague, Paul Treacy, responded quickly to the situation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every year more than one person an hour is struck down by stroke in Ireland. This is undoubtedly an alarming figure, so each year the Irish Heart Foun(...)

Megan Corcoran, a Communications student in DCU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Exam stress is very familiar to every student. So last year we highlighted an unusual project at Wexford’s Loreto Secondary School, where teachers (...)

Paula Murphy and John Carroll with three of their five children, Cillian and twins Cian and Mark, at their home in Carron, Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Anyone with children remembers the moment of awe when they first clap eyes on their newborn babies. We marvel at their perfect little bodies and th(...)

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(...)