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Maire Dundon, from Stepaside, Co Dublin, with her 10-week-old baby Tomás. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Maire Dundon was surprised when the doctor conducting a routine medical check-up at work asked was she pregnant, although she had been consciou(...)

“For me she will always be the mum who walked me down the aisle and gave me away. I was only 24, and she was 41, my age now”: Corrina Moore on her wedding day with her mother,  Marie Fleming
My mum’s right to die

The verdict this week in Mum’s challenge to the ban on assisted suicide was always going to be really difficult for us, whichever way it went. (...)

What parent hasn’t wished that homework would just go away? At the end of a hard day, it’s hardly the activity of choice when tiredness is fray(...)

Lyn Sharkey: the author of The Baby Wait had to learn the difference between being ‘ready’ to start a family and  being ‘able’ to. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lyn Sharkey was out painting the front door of the brand new five-bedroom house her husband had built outside Cavan town when a neighbour stopp(...)

John O'Sullivan and his son Seán 'running up the hill' outside Kenmare in preparation for the Jack & Jill Foundation 10k run on April27th.  Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

The youngest of our four children, Seán was a fine, strong fella for his age at 16 months and just learning to walk, regularly falling down and(...)

The Brennan-O’Shea family near their home in Faithlegg, Co Waterford.  Carmel and John with their children, Éabha (12), James (11)  and Méadh (5). Photographs:  Dylan Vaughan

As a self-described “corporate widow”, Carmel Brennan believes in normalising the fact that her husband, John O’Shea, has been commuting abroad(...)

The O’Donoghue family: Derek, June, Lee (8) and Luke (5), with Taekwondo instructor Gerry Martin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Like many parents, mother-of-four June O’Donoghue worries about the possibility of any (...)

Self-employed tax and financial adviser    Lorraine Cooke with her sons Daniel (5) and Jack (2) in her office at home in Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s said that there’s never a good time to have a baby if you think about it too much – and this is doubly true if you’re a self-employed woma(...)

Sow and grow: Ailish Drake in her garden with her sons Sam and Michael. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Edel Flannery thought that gardening was something she should be doing with her five children but she didn’t know where to start. She was(...)

Patricia Dunne’s three children often suggest now that they all walk to granny’s house and leave the car at home. It might sound like a small t(...)

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