Caoimhe O’Leary with her children, Adam (4) and Darren (18 months), at home in Tullow, Co Carlow. 
Photographs: Eric Luke

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Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)