Catherine Costigan started practising MMA in the 1990s. Others told her she was “mental”. Photographh: Brian Gavin/Press 22

By her own admission, MMA fighter Catherine Costigan, is not a normal person. In fact, challenging convention is the theme of her life. She comes from(...)

Alan and Valerie Kingston, owners of Glenilen Farm, with their children, Sally (12), Grace (10) and Ben (7), at their family farm. Photographs:Emma Jervis
Married to the job

When Jamie and Lisa Cobbe gave up jobs in Dublin to start a business together in the west, they had to learn to speak to each other as colleagues – no(...)