Janice O’Connor: ‘A lot of people who have cancer don’t want anyone to know. But the way I see it, it happened. It’s part of my story, my life.’ Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 21 made Janice O’Connor grow up quickly. The former hairdresser, who was diagnosed last year and had(...)

Healthy and happy: From left: Jade Delaney, Noel Gavin, Dearbhla Hynes and Sean Walsh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jade Delaney, 22, is a student from Sheriff Street, Dublin. She lost 9 stone, moving from 20 stone to 11 by working out at TRX Studio (www.trx.ie), a(...)

Climbers Kevin McGradh and Alison Quinn, chartered physiotherapist specialist Eimear Brown, climber Edel Convery and co-founder of Street to Swimming, and Dr Padraig Sheeran, lead physician on the Kilimanjaro climb and sports medicine at RCSI. Photograph: Sara Freund

Earlier this year, five Irish teenagers suffering from scoliosis took on Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. “I remember when I was in hospital last year,(...)

Kevin Gormley (centre) has become the oldest Irish person ever to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A grandfather of seven has reached new heights to become the oldest Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kevin Gormley (80), from S(...)

A still from a video showing one of two frozen bodies discovered on the slopes of a Mexican volcano. Photograph: Reuters

A pair of well-preserved bodies - possibly climbers buried in an avalanche more than half a century ago - have been discovered embedded in the ice on(...)

A couple of weeks ago I took my first ever London bus journey. Ok, not quite on a par with scaling Kilimanjaro or going sky diving (two on the buck(...)

Try your hand at glamping in the Swiss Alps with White Pod Switzerland

Kinsale Campsites can be crowded but at Kinsale Glamping (glamorous camping) the yurt is in a world of its own, metres above the sea, and (...)

The band Manila Strings enjoy coffee outside Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As the sun sinks below Kilimanjaro and a warm afternoon gives way to a chilly night, a group of middle-aged men – and one young hipster – circle a (...)

“Euros would be useless as a currency, and I had forgotten to furnish myself with a supply of coloured beads.” Photograph: Switzerland Tourism/swiss-image.ch

I thought John Cleese summed up mountaineering rather well in a Monty Python sketch. “Kilimanjaro can be a pretty tricky climb, you know,” he said. “I(...)

 Gary Barlow holding his OBE. The Take That star faces calls to hand back his OBE over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme. Photograph: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls for Take That star Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE over claims the pop star invested in a tax avoi(...)