Olympian Rob Hefferran with Sanctuary Runner Yolanda Mhene at the Mardyke in Cork photographed during a training session  in preparation for the Cork City Marathon on June 2nd. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Olympic medal winning walker Rob Heffernan has donated some of the running gear he has amassed over the years to people living in the direct provision(...)

 Members of Sanctuary Runners participating in the Waterstown park-run. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘How do you spell that?” “H.I.C.H.A.M... Hicham.” “Ah, like Hicham El Guerrouj?” “Yes! Hicham El Guerrouj, 1,500m world record. You know him?” “Ye(...)

Tim Forde and his wife Ann in their shop in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“It was only the one shoe, it wouldn’t be much use to anyone else,” says the lady at the counter. Behind it, Tim Forde is on a mission to find the me(...)

Buswells Hotel: “I started out in the kitchen, then worked my way up to the hall,” concierge Paddy Clerkin says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“What’s your soup of the day?” asks a lady in her soft Donegal accent while an American tourist at the next table, with mobile to her ear, loudly reco(...)

Irish Guide Dogs cofounder Jim Dennehy: “I’d love to see us train 80 dogs a year so that more people can feel the benefits.” Photograph: Clare Keogh

“When I was young there was a place called the Blind Asylum in Cork, can you imagine that? People thought being blind was one of the worst things that(...)

Moya Henderson: “You develop at your own pace, are encouraged to meditate, to blossom and bloom as a human being and to be the best person you can be.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

“With the greatest of respect Claude, a lot of people would describe you as a nut,” – it’s a winter’s night in 1988 and Gay Byrne is in full flow. Fr(...)

Runners leave the  starting line of the 2018 Cork City Marathon. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Residents from Direct Provision centres in Cork were among the 8,500 people who took part in the Cork city marathon which got underway on Patrick Stre(...)

Jack Crotty of the Rocket Man with Ellie Kisyombe of Our Table, on Prince’s Street, Cork. Once they cross the finish line, the Sanctuary Runners will gather on Prince’s Street for food and celebrations.

The last time Aletta Ndhlovu ran a marathon was more than 20 years ago. She loved sport growing up and was very involved in athletics at school in Sou(...)

Landlady Nuala Fitzgibbon of Fitzgibbon’s Pub, Fermoy, Co Cork.  Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

On the East German side of the Berlin Wall, in Moscow’s Red Square and on the streets of Fidel’s Havana, avid traveller and landlady Nuala Fitzgibbon (...)

Michael Brown: ‘You never switch off in this job but I love it’

The “Big Fella” peeps over Mick Browne’s shoulder – he has his back. Standing tall, the statuette of Michael Collins rests on a table behind the desk (...)

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