Students for health: Michael Hanrahan (centre) and fellow members of University College Cork. Photograph: Tomas Tyner

The efforts to discourage students from drinking too much alcohol is one of the most noteworthy aspects of University College Cork’s work towards its (...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)

 Laurelmere, the recently restored cottage, at Marley Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

Abandoned for years, Laurelmere, the charming two-storey cottage in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, has been restored by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co Counci(...)

Cleaning up in Westport, Co Mayo: Environment  is key to the Tidy Towns competition. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kathleen Collins has been involved with the Tidy Towns committee in Ballybunion, since she retired to the Co Kerry seaside town, four years ago. “It’s(...)

Belcamp College, part of Belcamp House, showing signs of the disrepair into which the property on the Malahide Road, Dublin, has fallen.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Belcamp House is a late 18th century Georgian County House on an elevated site in north Dublin. It was originally built for Sir Edward Newenham, a (...)

IVF: mitochondrial donation offers new hope. Photograph: Zephyr/SPL/Getty

Michelle Tierney’s son, Tommy, was fine when he was born. Then, at about six months old, “he stopped responding and started to have infantile spasms”.(...)

Dispute: Fr Scully House, on Gardiner Street, in an architect’s impression

Retiring to Spain sounds like an attractive option when you consider Irish winters, but one couple say that the glamour of eating and drinking out can(...)

Louth county council has granted Kevin Woods planning permission for a ‘leprechaun cave’ which he has built on his own land in Carlingford. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

As former sales manager at the PJ Carroll cigarette factory in Dundalk, Co Louth, Kevin Woods is well versed in selling. So when a publican in his nat(...)

Public Health nurse Margaret Scargill in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Primary care team Public health nurses are generalists. The community is our client and we see everyone from mothers and babies to older people(...)

Jessica Kingston, theatre nurse and winner of RTÉ’s “Ireland’s Fittest Family”, took on Dr Owen Power at the “Smoothie Bike Challenge” during Health and Wellness Awareness day at the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork.

Orla Kelleher, who works at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, is more aware than most of the stresses on healthcare staff. “A large healthcare organis(...)