Cork children Olan Hanrahan (7) from Charleville, Kumail Alhlaichi (5) from Blackpool, and Alex Madden (6) from Aherla have unleashed their superpowers for the ‘Mercy Heroes’, which raises funds for POONS, the Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service. The service allows children with cancer to receive treatment from the comfort of their own home. The Mercy Hospital Foundation in Cork is holding its fundraising day on Friday, October 19th. Register at to receive a ‘Mercy Heroes’ pack full of information and ideas. Photograph: Ed Godsell and John Allen

1) Only one in seven people bring their unused, out-of-date medications back to their pharmacy, where they can be disposed of safely, according to a n(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw,  Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan, former Irish rugby international Shane Byrne and Cork camogie player Anna Geary  in the Phoenix Park  to show their support for  Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run   on Saturday, October 13th, in the Phoenix Park, and on Sunday, October 14th, in Kilkenny Castle Park. To register go to Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

1) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Irish Cancer Society is keen for women to discuss any breast abnormalities with their doctors ear(...)

 Ombudsman Peter Tyndall said there were still aspects of the end-of-life service that required ‘urgent attention’. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hospital staff who broke the news to a woman of her father’s death told her he had been found “pulseless”, she told the Ombudsman in a complaint about(...)

Orla O’Brien, the new chief executive of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Children die with no privacy in dingy rooms – that’s how a clinical nurse manager described the end-of-life scenario at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin(...)

For treatments to be successful, early stages preceding full onset of Alzheimer’s need to be targeted. Illustration: iStock

A blood test that can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages, and can also predict how the disease will progress, has been developed by rese(...)

 Tina Roche of the Community Foundation for Ireland, centre, with businesswoman  Norah Casey,  and Mark Prentice of Bord Gáis Energy. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Female philanthropists who want to give their children a sense of the responsibility that goes with wealth and to make them more socially engaged are (...)

Dying: breaking a taboo

A survey by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) highlights people’s concerns around end-of-life issues. It found that most people want to be pain-free,(...)

“We have the right to have a say in our care...including at the end of life.” Photograph: Getty Images

As citizens and as a society we need to break the taboo that surrounds death, Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness has said. Giving the Mary Holland Comm(...)

About 30,000 people die in the State every year.

Funeral directors have urged the Government to restore the bereavement grant abolished in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure. The Irish Association of F(...)

Sharon Foley, chief executive of the Irish Hospice Foundation, received a salary of just under €112,000 in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson

Income at the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has fallen by almost 6.4 per cent to €4.55 million. The drop is due to a reduction in contributions from (...)

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