Catherine McKeon:  “Before the accident I wouldn’t have gone to a gym; I wouldn’t have done that much. But after it I took up rowing and Muay Thai and I started going to a gym. And I think that really helped my recovery.”

A jeep changed her life. Catherine McKeon’s motorbike came out the wrong end a crash in Thailand and she was left with a serious brain injury and “ha(...)

Stephanie Casey with her daughter, Emily, at the One Direction concert.

Emily was a lively, active, bright four-year-old with a beautiful singing voice. One Saturday afternoon in October 2000 she complained of a headache a(...)

Mary Paula Walsh, at home in Templeogue, Dublin: ‘My loss of independence was thrust upon me quite suddenly and unexpectedly.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It all started before Christmas, 2012 with a virus that I couldn’t shake off. I felt very, very tired and then I began to get a pain in my bac(...)

Two men, who took turns to beat a father of four with a crowbar so badly that he thought he was going to die, have been jailed for five and six years (...)

Aoife Beary: returned to Dublin on a flight from San Francisco

Aoife Beary, one of seven Irish students injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley in June, has returned home to Ireland to continue the recovery fr(...)

Sarah Doran: “The biggest difference I have seen between the NHS and the HSE is the waiting times.”

Shortly after graduating with a degree in speech and language therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2013, Sarah Doran got a temporary job as a hom(...)

A new 120-bed unit is to be built at the National Rehabilitiation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Funding of €15 million has been allocated for a new 120-bed unit at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Minister for He(...)

Clockwise: Dr James Crew, chairman of the Sanata Clara Valley Medical Centre and Berkeley survivors Niall Murray; Hannah Waters; Aoife Beary; and a recovering  Clodagh Cogley

The brain injury and spinal cord centre at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 80km south of San Francisco, is busy with doctors, nurses and suppor(...)

Des Allen: “I never had to think much about my health in the time before cancer struck. I was indestructible but this cancer has broken me.”

There are no atheists in a foxhole. When the mortars rain down and bullets and shells fly overhead, brave and reckless men cry out for their mother(...)

How the redeveloped National Rehabilitation Hospital – the first phase of which is due for completion in 2017 – will look.

In 2008, the National Rehabilitation Hospital announced a €200 million development plan for the hospital that promised a HSE-funded expansion to al(...)