Elysha Brennan at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: ‘I’m in such a blessed position because I know what it is like to have it all taken away from you.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

In October 2016 medical student Elysha Brennan was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a debilitating condition which led to her hospitalisation for 10(...)

The new Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said it is not her place to speak on the issue of abortion.

The new Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said it is not her place to speak on the issue of abortion. The Chicago Rose would not be drawn on comm(...)

North Carolina Rose Maigan Kennedy onstage in the Festival Dome for the Rose of Tralee. She also gleefully recounted her first, and apparently “cool”, trip to Mass. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Day two of the 57th Rose of Tralee final, and the pale moon was rising once again over the last 100,000 contestants as they prepared to sashay across (...)

Kentucky Rose Emily Hughes   with Rose of Tralee host  Dáithí Ó Sé. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

A doctor, a cancer survivor, a cancer survivor who wants to become a doctor, and a PhD student were among the finalists in the first night of the Rose(...)