Kilmacurragh House   in 1932

Kilmacurragh House, near Kilbride in east Wicklow stands in ruin in the midst of one of the most important collections of mature exotic trees in Ir(...)

 Cathy Breen, dietitian at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown,  gives a cookery demonstration. Photograph: Alan Betson

People who are very overweight are often shy and self-conscious about going to mainstream exercise and cookery classes that might help them lose weigh(...)

Wedding: the couple mix sand at their humanist ceremony, which was celebrated by Brian Whiteside. Photograph: Daniel Kowalczyk/DK Photo

Tracey Wade-Greally and her husband, Conor Greally, are one of the couples whose choice of marriage ceremony has doubled the number of humanist weddin(...)

Dr Velma Harkins: “Everyone agrees on the model of care but there is no agreement on how to fund diabetes care at GP practices.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Everyone knows someone with diabetes type II. It’s a chronic disease that affects up to 5 per cent of the population so there’s a high probability tha(...)

Patrick Guerin says that yesterday’s World Mental Health day reminds him that our mental health can be fragile. “In my own experience, I have particul(...)

Photograph: Yuri Arcurs/Hemera/Getty

Most families unconsciously protect a sex offender living in their homes because they are terrified of society’s response, according to Eileen Finnega(...)

Test of time: the ravaged interior of the Iveagh Markets on Dublin’s Francis Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Iveagh Markets are one of the most striking historic landmarks in the Liberties area of Dublin. The markets were commissioned by Edward Cecil Guin(...)

Ciara O’Farrell (6) and her brother Cian (4) at home near Wexford town. Photograph: Patrick Browne

When Ciara was two years old, she started to get a spiking temperature twice a day and a rash around her tummy and back. At first, the doctor thought (...)

Do you know the difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietitian, or between a physiotherapist and a physical therapist? Many people don’t, (...)

Danger zone: Gabriel Fitzpatrick dons goggles before entering the isolation area of the Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Photograph: PK Lee/MSF

Admitting whole families to an Ebola treatment centre and seeing only one or two of their members leave is one of the saddest parts of the job that Ga(...)