Emma Stokes, associate professor of physiotherapy at Trinity: ‘The key is finding out how to motivate clients to change.’ Photograph: Simon Hadley

Physiotherapy, like many other healthcare professions, is reinventing itself as patients’ needs change and their interactions with physiotherapists be(...)

Support: Dr Íde Delargy with Hugh Kane, the chairman of Practitioner Health Matters, at the programme’s launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doctors, dentists and pharmacists suffer just as much from mental-health and substance-abuse problems as the rest of us, according to Íde Delargy. “Th(...)

Patient: Aoife Kirwan with her son, Adam, at last year’s MS Readathon. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

When Aoife Kirwan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, four years ago, at the age of 23, she began to investigate treatments. She decided that Ty(...)

Old times: a photograph from the collection of the Irish Railway Record Society. Photograph: George Mahon/IRRS

Lots of us would say that Ireland didn’t have much of an industrial revolution. Colin Rynne would like us to think again. Dr Rynne, an industrial a(...)

Karin O Flanagan: “The legislation around letting a room in your house tax-free up to €12,000 doesn’t specify the length of time the room is rented for.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The announcement this week that online hospitality business Airbnb is passing on details of its hosts to the Revenue Commissioners comes as no surpris(...)

Léan Kennedy (left) of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind: “Guide dogs are trained to sit under the table where their owner is sitting.” Photograph: Fennell Photography

Léan Kennedy gets a couple of phone calls a week from owners of guide or assistance dogs, saying that they’ve been refused access to food premises. “(...)

Prof Arnie Hill, head of the medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Arnie Hill greets me in the foyer of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) with a friendly smile and a warm handshake. As we enter t(...)

Conor Newman: “Community organisations need a lifeline of support to achieve the transformation that is within their power”

Volunteers are keeping our rural towns and villages alive, according to Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council. “In the slow or nonexistent re(...)

Founding members of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) Nature for Health group, Diarmuid McAree, forest consultant, Shirley Gleeson, social worker, and Donal O’Keeffe, research psychologist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three days walking the Kerry Way this summer restored my faith in the power of walking in nature to clear the mind. Not that I ever stopped believing (...)

Cara Rawdon aboard Catherine R: “It’s a 24-hour job, seven days a week, when we’re out at sea. The bell rings every five hours to pull the nets in.” Photograph: Phil Gamble

Drive up the eastern side of Inishowen to the small Donegal fishing port of Greencastle and you begin to understand how certain geographical outposts (...)