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(...)

Addiction counsellor Frank Harkin, in the grounds of Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

I am a self-employed counsellor who specialises in addictions. As a member of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland and also of the British Association(...)

Prof Ken McDonald leads a virtual consultation.

We have all had moments when we wished we could consult with our doctor from the comfort of our own homes – whether we felt too sick to leave the h(...)

Passed on through body fluids, pregnant women usually catch Cytomegalovirus (CMV) from their other young children through changing nappies, licking their spoons or kissing their faces. Photograph: Thinkstock

We are all aware of the need to cut out alcohol, eat well and take moderate exercise, particularly during pregnancy. But a new study in the UK has (...)

Davida Forde from Co Limerick: Today Davida is out of her wheelchair, can walk unaided and has started to get her life back, after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. Photograph:  Brian Gavin

She may be known as a rock chick with attitude but singer Avril Lavigne has been keeping a very low profile of late. The Canadian singer was diagno(...)

Luke O’Dowd at home in Blackrock, Co Dublin, with his sister, Meabh, and mother, Annemarie. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When he was six months old, Luke became unwell very quickly one evening: he developed a rash, was lethargic and didn’t want to feed. I called a night (...)

A few simple steps can ensure we arrive fresh and healthy at our destinations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Summer has arrived, and with it the prospect of fun in the sun. And, for many people, that means booking a flight to warmer climes. With bags p(...)

Pauline Fitzpatrick, a nurse specialising in cardiac rehabilitation,  is based in Monaghan hospital. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick.

I have been a nurse since 1983. I trained in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and joined Monaghan hospital in 1991. Having completed a di(...)