Mary Jennings

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 Running coach Mary Jennings with her husband John Fulham and their son Harry.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Mary Jennings is a bit of an evangelist, and she might just have hypnotic powers. Don’t get this wrong: she doesn’t go around singing and waving her h(...)

Healthy Town

Wexford town has been selected as the 2018 Pfizer Healthy Town. There’s a busy schedule of events planned for the autumn, aimed at helping lo(...)

The start of 2017’s mini marathon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What is it? According to organisers, it’s the biggest event of its kind in Europe. For the participants, it’s 10 kilometres of leisure/torture around(...)

“Self-help books are  an industry, and the author is earning a livelihood. They are selling a hot topic, and often an extreme of something.”

Many years ago, after a break-up, a well-meaning friend gave me a book about embracing single life and finding empowerment within. I’ll admit to nev(...)

Prof Tim O’Brien: he spent 20 years as one of the world’s longest survivors with motor neuron disease yet continued his work with ‘no envy, no vanity and no regrets’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Timothy O’Brien Born: November 26th, 1951 Died: October 11th, 2017 Prof Tim O’Brien, who has died at the age of 65, was Ireland’s first professor of (...)

As another season gets set to start, Mary Jennings studies her feet
How to make a running comeback
  • Fitness
  • September 11, 2017, 07:00

It’s never easy starting back. However, if you are a lapsed runner and would like to return to running, accept that starting out will be hard but onc(...)

Mary Jennings and her son, Harry on holiday

This has been an emotional week of baby milestones. We have first steps and a first birthday to celebrate. But where has the time gone? It doesn’t fee(...)

We’ve rounded up some of the most popular and the most accessible – from running and swimming to joining a GAA club, learning a marital art or finally(...)

River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary. Photograph: Paddy Woodworth

“Step out on the grassy way which is the Barrow towpath and you have stepped into another world. You can walk along the river for miles without hearin(...)

Mary Jennings walking with her son’s buggy in the park: “It’s all about trying to build activity into our day without consciously calling it exercise,” she says

Once the initial exciting weeks with the new arrival have passed, mothers can often place an unrealistic expectation on themselves to return to their (...)

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