Composer Ian Wilson looks on as the Irish Chamber Orchestra gives a performance of his work at the stroke unit, Tallaght hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Despite the many benefits of new technologies, a surprising aspect of medicine for lay people is that 80 per cent of diagnoses arise from the history (...)

 Simon Fitzmaurice: “To spend this precious time I have doing something that fulfils me at the deepest level, that echoes in my soul.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:54

Making a feature film is an intimidating prospect and a leap of faith for any first-time director. You need self-belief, stamina, organisational skil(...)

Chelsea Clinton has lovely hair. In the greater scheme of things it’s not important but I was kind of mesmerised by it as I sat in front of her in UCD(...)

Before MND: Simon Fitzmaurice filming in 2007 1:41

One of the first things I notice when I visit the film-maker Simon Fitzmaurice at his home in Greystones, Co Wicklow, are his shoes. His lace-ups have(...)

Living in the present:  Simon Fitzmaurice at home  with his wife Ruth and five children Jack, Raife, Arden, Sadie and Hunter. Photographer: Daniel O’Connor

I didn’t want to write a book. For the first time since I was a boy I didn’t want to do the one thing I’d always dreamed of doing. I was scared. Scare(...)

S he comes home from school and says she needs to sing me a song. There’s a low table in the kitchen; she climbs on top of it, walking slowly up and d(...)