About 350 children die before their 18th birthday every year in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The quality of life for hundreds of children with life-limiting conditions has been significantly improved through improved access to palliative care,(...)

Discussing your end-of-life plans is about making your death less traumatic  for your family and loved ones, and having your own wishes respected, as much as possible. Photograph: iStock

How would you like to die? Is this a question you ever ask yourself? More importantly, is it a question you ever answer? And, most importantly, is it (...)

 Hillary Clinton: she “has never lost the compassion that is part of her DNA as a woman, mother and grandmother”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

American voters are less than a month away from the end of the most bizarre political slugfest any of us can remember. In the red Republican corner is(...)

Tony and Steph Booth in Alnmouth, in northeastern England in 2013.

November 23, 2013: ‘I was concerned enough to want to get him checked’  I asked Tony to give up smoking marijuana before we moved to Cavan. It(...)

Mayo fans at a pre-All Ireland Final party at the Shamrock Bar in Breaffy, Co Mayo. The county last won an All-Ireland senior title in 1951. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Deirdre Flynn has been to all five Dublin senior football championship matches so far this summer – including the game in Kilkenny against Laois, the (...)

Dublin football fan Deirdre Flynn, with her children Caoimhe, Cianna, Naoise, Tiarnan, Roise and friend Richie Larkin, at her home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Last year Dubs supporter Deirdre Flynn (40) wrote her first song. A Little Boy’s Dream was recorded and released in time for last year’s All-Ireland f(...)

In a Word ... Hospice

You might say we are in recovery. Sort of. Optimism ruled most of us for the eight months that passed between my brother Pearse’s diagnosis with lung (...)

People comfort each other outside after posting a notice at Castlerahan National School, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. The school’s deputy principal and his family died in a suspected murder-suicide on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The tragic death by murder-suicide of the Hawe family in Co Cavan is outside the normal experience of most people. Parents can struggle to explain suc(...)

Tina Priestley with  a picture of her son, Bobby, who died at the age of 13 months. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tina Priestley was six months pregnant with her fourth child when a routine scan showed that the baby’s head was much bigger than it should be. The(...)

Cork University Maternity Hospital: important research has been carried out at the hospital with mothers who decided to continue their pregnancies. Image: Google Streetview

As kids, we used to chant: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” As adults, we know that names are not only hurtful, b(...)

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