Jackie McBrearty and her guide dog  Rhum  in Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Sometimes well-meaning people stop Jackie McBrearty on the street and tell her they’ll pray that God will restore her sight. A stranger once suggested(...)

Joni Crone on The Late Late Show in 1980: during the 23-minute segment she never flinched, not even when asked whether her parents regarded her as “mentally deficient, or sinful or culpably ignorant”.

It’s nearly 40 years ago but Joni Crone still remembers the “whoosh” of the studio lights seeking her out and her stomach churning fear as she waited (...)

Mary McInerney and Jorn Bjerknes on their ‘Lovely Leitrim’ boatel at Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

They got the idea while lazing on a houseboat on the Kerala Backwaters in south India. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do this in Leitrim?’” says(...)

Sabine Walsh, president of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, says mediation costs a fraction of the cost of litigation, and the route to resolving conflict is speedier.

Sometimes mediator Sabine Walsh finds herself talking to couples about seemingly trivial matters such as lifts to football matches and who is going wh(...)

Kieran Quinn is on a mission to find pianos. The former GAA county player, who helped Sligo win the Connacht final in 2007, is now perhaps even better(...)

Caoimhe McDermott, with her mother, Maureen, in her studio at home in Ballina, Co Mayo. Caoimhe’s positive attitude has helped her cope with being diagnosed with cancer twice. Photograph:  Henry Wills

Maureen McDermott rolls her eyes when the Leaving Cert is mentioned. “The Leaving Cert is not a huge life event,” she insists. Her 19-year-old daughte(...)

Joan Moore, who was 54 when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, in Douglas, Cork.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘I have reached retirement age and that is something I did not think I would achieve,” says Joan Moore, who retired last week. She was 54 when she was(...)

Frank Hanly and Caroilin Callery at Strokestown Park prepare for Walking in the Footsteps of the Missing 1,490 – A Famine Emigrant’s Walk. Photograph: Brian Farrell

When Caroilin Callery was a teenager, her father Jim bought the 300-acre Strokestown estate in Co Roscommon from Olive Hales Pakenham.“It was as if th(...)

Sean Rowlette from Dromore West in Sligo with his four children Leanne (8), Abbie (6), Joseph (3) and baby Sally Jnr. His wife Sally died at Sligo General Hospital just hours after giving birth to her fourth child. Photograph supplied by family.

Hours before Sally Rowlette died, her husband, Sean, was sitting by her hospital bed, holding her hand, when he thought of donating her organs . (...)

  Joanne Flanagan: “We take hand hygiene very seriously. We swab hands constantly.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Crack of dawn I start work at 6.30am on the mornings I need to catch the night staff, but usually it’s a 7.30am or 8am start. All staff who hav(...)