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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Jimmy O’Connell, a psychotherapist at St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, Co Meath.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Monday It was a busy day. A colleague made me aware of two students who were self-harming. This is more common than you might think, but th(...)

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin (centre) with former Ireland darts player Seán Marshall and former Ireland rugby player Richard Costello among the team. Photographs: Conor McCabe

Almost exactly a year ago John McAleer was on the golf course when he got a call from the transplant team at Belfast City Hospital telling him to go t(...)

‘For some people a pregnancy might not have been a crisis 10 years ago but it is now.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Agnes always assumed that her mother would be supportive if she got pregnant, but just as she was working up the courage to break the news, her fat(...)

See Change Ambassador Hazel Larkin from Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hazel Larkin has spent a lot of time trying to figure out a strategy for the bad days when she cannot get out of bed. A writer, PhD student and mother(...)