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Because children rarely have the freedom to roam, explore and climb trees anymore, these skills are in decline

For some students, physical education (PE) has always been a welcome break from the books. For others, PE is that time when they are forced to play te(...)

Derek Leinster, born in the Bethany Home in 1938 and chairman of the Bethany Home Survivors’ Group, with Lorraine Jackson, who was brought to the home and adopted after nine months, attending an annual remembrance at Mount Jerome cemetery for children who lost their lives at the home. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joyce McSharry has a small wallet-sized folder with pictures of her mother Emily. There are several shots, black and white, all belonging to a traumat(...)

 Dominique McMullan at the Garden Flower Shop in Powerscourt Town House Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

If you had told me three months ago that my wedding dress would need zero alterations and I would be able to dance in circles without feeling self-con(...)

Dominique McMullan working out at The Vaults: “What’s really motivated me is realising that I’m capable of more than I thought.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

I had a strange reaction when my trainer, John Belton, told me that he was going away on holidays for a (well-deserved) week in the sun. Instead of re(...)

Dominique McMullan: On our wedding day I want to be able to focus on my friends and family, and not keep thinking about what my body looks like from every angle. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Once you dip your toe into “bride world” you are bombarded with messages that tell you that you’re not good enough. “There’s always room for bridey im(...)

Dominique McMullan working out at The Vaults personal training gym in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I’m nervous when I go in to get my measurements with John Belton. I’ve been training with him for 2½ weeks now, and in that time I’ve done at lea(...)

If you go out for a run or a walk, stop and do some simple resistance exercises to build muscle strength, says personal trainer Carl Cautley.

The modern obsession with obesity is doing us a disservice in ways we may not even realise. It puts the focus on how much we weigh, our fat levels or (...)