People wearing facemasks in Dublin’s city centre due to Covid-19. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Doctors and pharmacists have raised concerns about a lack of cocooning among some over-70s who do not not understand or are not adhering to the stay a(...)

Running around the playground, it’s a pretty simple sentence to say. But walking up to other adults and asking, “Do you want to be my friend?” isn’t a(...)

Avril Hannifin, a graduate of An Cosán,  at Goodbody Stockbroker’s office in  Ballsbridge, where she’s doing a  paid apprenticeship. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Avril Hannifin was a bright spark at school in the Dublin suburb of Clondalkin. Her parents expected her to go to college. Instead, she fell into po(...)

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A new website has been launched by the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) which supports men’s physical and mental health. The website www.malehea(...)

It’s time  for men to switch on to their health.

How to be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges men face in Ireland today. If you would like to add your voice to this series(...)

President Michael D Higgins examines a bird house with John Evoy, chief executive  and founder of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association while attending the International Men’s Sheds Festival at The Helix in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Far too many men are continuing to suffer in silence because of an inability to discuss their problems and this results in “alarming” rates of suicide(...)

Mens Sheds ‘Shed Crawl’ lands in Moynalty, Co Meath. Pictured in the Moynalty Steam Threshing Museum with a fully restored Fordson tractor from left: John Evoy of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, Ciara O’Toole of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) and Jimmy Carroll from Delgany, County Wicklow. Photograph: Barry Cronin

The bond between men and their sheds is well-known but they usually work alone when they disappear into sheds. Now a growing movement is encouraging m(...)

Diarmaid O Corrbuí of the Carmichael Centre, with representatives of groups facing cuts (from left) Dearbhla Wynne, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Grainne Denning, Coeliac Society of Ireland, Patricia Towey, Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland and Rita O’Reilly, Parent Line. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

First, run a funding competition based on woolly criteria. Then, leave the results sitting on the Minister’s desk for months (or at least until after (...)

Joe Brady with the Lucan Gospel Singers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nobody heard him, the dead man,But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thoughtAnd not waving but drowning. ‘We think we have to prese(...)