Social isolation among older people - those aged 65 years and over - puts ageing populations at a higher risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity, according to the Alone charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Loneliness among older people is believed to be as damaging to their health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, with older generations at risk of increase(...)

Some of the 600 children, who  survived Auschwitz II-Birkenau, show their tattooed identification numbers. Some 7,000 prisoners, including more than 600 children and youths below the age of 18, were alive when the camp was liberated. Photograph: Reuters

The Diary of Anne Frank (1947), Anne Frank Published by her father after the war, Anne Frank’s diary gives an account of her family’s hidden li(...)

Arderin, Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co Laois Start From the village of Camross, Co Laois, follow the signs for Glend(...)

Larry Hughes from Crumlin enjoying the 90th year of the Knights of St Columbanus annual sit down Christmas Day Dinner for the poor and homeless held in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hundreds of people were given dinner at the RDS in Dublin on Christmas Day by the Knights of Columbanus. The event, also attended by Archbishop(...)

A file photograph of volunteers preparing food and goody bags for distribution, at the annual Christmas Dinner organised by the Knights of  Columbanus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The number of meals served by organisers of the Christmas day dinner for the homeless at the RDS in Dublin has doubled in three years.Adrian King, cha(...)

Alone, the charity working with socially isolated older people, replicating an ad they ran in Irish newspapers in Britain and the US in the early 1980s, as the last wave of mass emigration from Ireland was just beginning.

There is a poster hanging in the Dublin office of Alone, the charity working with socially isolated older people, replicating an ad they ran in Irish (...)

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Hong Kong’s chief executive has blamed “external forces” for the democracy protests that have rocked the territory in recent weeks as both government (...)

Budget 2015 is the first budget since 2009 in which no cuts to social welfare had been introduced, Brendan Howlin said.

All recipients of core social welfare payments will get a 25 per cent Christmas bonus this year, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has(...)

Dortmund’s charismatic manager Juergen Klopp with his players in front of the Südtribune prior to their Champions League clash with Arsenal.

Once you’ve been to a certain number of football stadiums they begin to blur into each other, but something about the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund bre(...)

Scene from Assassin’s Creed: Unity

Queues. They’re the first thing you notice when you get to EGX. Before even setting foot in London’s Earl’s Court, you can see throngs of gamers obedi(...)