Giving up: It has been proven that people vote with their pockets and, if the price becomes  prohibitive, it will act as a major deterrent. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every week in Ireland, more than 100 people die from smoking-related diseases. This figure is so high because 20 per cent of the adult population i(...)

Eoin and Gillian Casey with their sons, Eóghan and Emmet. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Eoin and Gillian Casey welcomed their first son, Eóghan, into the world, they were shocked to discover he had Down syndrome. “We were not aware t(...)

Stephen Kelly: “I would say my mental health is really positive and I have no problems telling anyone what I have been through as there is so much stigma involved.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Less than two years ago, Stephen Kelly was in the depths of despair and tried to take his own life on two occasions. He felt worthless and could see n(...)

Joan Freeman of Pieta House. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Last month, the world was rocked by the death by suicide of Hollywood legend Robin Williams. Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day and his passi(...)

Anne Geary, in Tramore, Co Waterford, with Ivy her dog. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

I work as a school secretary and was feeling under the weather for a while with low energy and poor concentration. I also noticed a pimple-sized lu(...)

Gerry Quinlan: recovering mentally from illnesses “is actually the hardest part of it all”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gerry Quinlan has always been fairly fit and during his 52 years has completed 10 marathons. But two years ago the Dubliner, who is married to Loui(...)

Colour Dash: Last year 2,000 people took part in the 5km dash, raising €100,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Darren McMahon is 26 years old and will be competing in the Colour Dash 5km run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society this weekend. While this doesn’t se(...)

Peadar O’Loughlin at work in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, where he has a workshop. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Music is a powerful form of expression: whether playing or listening to it, the tone, volume, instrument and genre can have a profound effect on how w(...)

Paddy O’Mahony: “I wanted to give something back to the organ donors and their families.”

Paddy O’Mahony, who had worked as a fireman for almost 40 years, had ignored a persistent cough for ages when his wife, Pauline, insisted that he have(...)

Golfer Paul McGinley and his father, Michael, who had blocked arteries and underwent a quadruple heart bypass.

Men have been conditioned from a young age to hold their tears and “be a man” whenever they’re in pain or feel scared. So it’s hardly surprising when (...)