Paula Dillon with her daughter Elisha: ‘Elisha’s arthritis affects the whole family.’  Photograph: Tomas Tyner, UCC

Elisa Dillon has never had a normal childhood. She has never jumped out of her bed in the morning and raced into her parent’s room. Instead, her mo(...)

Colm O’Boyle, bariatric surgeon at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

I am one of only four bariatric surgeons in the country, so people come from afar. More than half my patients are from outside Munster. Patients re(...)

Ger O’Brien  of FirstLight, a charity that helps parents who have experienced the death of a child. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Toni, our eldest son and only child at the time, died just after his first birthday. My husband, Willie, and I went on to have two more children, Elli(...)

Prof Colette Cowan: ‘I loved nursing on the frontline, and patients, but my director of nursing at the time put me into an acting role and I loved it from the day I started.’ Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

My love of nursing started at a young age. I wanted to make people better and my parents say I was always looking for nurses’ uniforms for Christma(...)

Dr Mark Cahill at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital,  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I am an eye doctor and surgeon specialising in eye problems that involve the retina, the special layer at the back of the eye that turns light into(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony in Tanzania  with the healthworkers she helped train. Photograph: Robert Ngumbo

An easily manageable complication of pregnancy in Ireland can rapidly become a matter of life or death for a woman living in a remote part of the sout(...)

Living with addiction can put family members under enormous stress. Photograph: Thinkstock

Families living with addiction often live very painful and chaotic lives against a background of financial problems, marital conflict and, in some (...)

 Dr Gillian Murphy, consultant dermatologist and director of the national photobiology unit at Beaumont Hospital, with specialist nurse Fidelma O’Dowd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When I was at school I wanted to be an artist. However, my father, who was a surgeon, said “no, you will do medicine,” and so I did. He said that I(...)

Niamh Flynn, sports psychologist, certified hypnotherapy instructor and author, runs a migraine clinic in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

My interest in hypnosis developed when I fell down a flight of stairs, and began to look for a faster and more effective alternative to traditional(...)

If there is anything that Paul Gilligan has learned in more than 25 years of working as a clinical psychologist with children and teenagers and run(...)