Community midwife, Mary Cronin, with her children Matthew and Annie in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

My job is to attend mothers who choose to have their babies at home. This involves antenatal care, attendance at the birth and postnatal care for u(...)

Happy times: Teddy Fogarty with his three daughters, Rebecca, Lilly and Miley.

We may not have the hottest climate in the world, but we do have a high rate of skin cancer. The Irish Cancer Society advises people to be awar(...)

 Alison Fegan Molloy, of Irish Premature Babies at home with her husband, Ken Fegan, and children Oisín and Cillian, in Baldoyle, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When I was in hospital with Oisín, my second preterm baby, new mums were asking me loads of questions, so I knew there was nothing in Ireland for pare(...)

Dr Angie Brown, cardiologist and medical director of the Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph: Eric Luke

Each week varies a great deal but my day usually starts at 8am and can finish quite late depending on my schedule. I work at the Hermitage Medical (...)

 Joan Kelly  at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I usually arrive in Hari at 7.15am to meet Sharon and Sarah; we are the first nurses who start seeing patients from 7.30am. After setting up the tw(...)

Lars Nölke, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at the Mater and Crumlin hospitals in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I have had an interest in medicine since my early teens, partly driven by the fact that my late brother Sven was born with congenital heart disease(...)

Gerry Hopkins: Last year he had to stop every few minutes when out walking. Since having his heart transplant, he can go for miles without stopping.

Gerry Hopkins had his first heart attack when he was in his 30s, and a second less than two years later. After surgery and subsequent medication, h(...)

Brian Walsh believes his positive outlook helped him in his cancer battle.

In 2009 Brian Walsh was given six months to live. A father of two who is originally from London but has been living in Ennis, Co Clare, for years, (...)

Fionnuala Keane: a cancer information service nurse at the Daffodil Centre in the Mater hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

I live in Clonsilla, which is just a short commute from the Mater hospital, and on Monday mornings I arrive at the Daffodil Centre before 9am. I check(...)

Airfield Farm, Dundrum, Dublin

School’s out for the next couple of weeks and children will be throwing off their uniforms with glee. But just because they aren’t in the classroom(...)