Valerie Donovan with her son Matthew (left) and Caroline Kinsella with son Sam McLeod (11 months) at the Julianstown Autism Support Group in  Meath. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth, or so the saying goes, and researchers have continuously found evidence of the heal(...)

 Syrian refugees and members of the Pakistani community in Ballaghaderreen take part in a 10-a-side soccer match at the local community playground on Saturday. Above is Sajjad Hussain, the Pakastani barber in Ballaghaderreen who organised the game, on the attack. Photograph: Brian Farrell

As another 40 Syrians arrived at the former Abbeyfield hotel in Ballaghaderreen around lunchtime last Friday, local Pakistani-born barber Sajjad Hussa(...)