Sr Patricia Wall, pictured in 2013 with Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody and then Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sr Patricia Wall has been named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Ireland Awards for her dedication to a local community in Co Tipperary. Sr Pat(...)

Mohammad Rafique, his wife Rafika Begum and their children Jamalida (8) and Waheeda (4) at their home in Carlow. “We never enjoyed citizenship but today my girls are Irish and have rights as citizens.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mohammed Rafique’s eldest daughter was born on the floor of a makeshift hut in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. A few women from the camp had gathered t(...)

Ballaghaderreen’s Market Square: For more than three decades the town has had a significant Muslim population. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The old hometown’s just the same. If under something of a strain. Ballaghaderreen is a welcoming place. A sign at one entrance is a reminder. It rec(...)