Candles and Christmas lights. Photograph: Frank Miller

Twinkling lights in shopping centres, Christmas music on loop, advertisement bombardments with “must haves” for all the family, and to-do lists as lon(...)

Tony, Liam, Saoirse and Mary Heffernan marking National Rare Disease Day at their home in Castlemaine, Co Kerry. The  children, who had Batten disease, have since died. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

After relatively healthy pregnancies and babyhoods, neither Mary nor Tony Heffernan had any idea that both their children, Saoirse and Liam, had any u(...)

Panti Bliss - aka Rory O’Neill - with Stephen Fry at the Rehab People of the Year awards. Photograph: Zara Zhuang/The Irish Times

Rory O’Neill - aka Panti Blis - and Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson were among the winners of the 2014 People of the Year Awards.O(...)

Snappy, happy: 12-year-old Alan Shanahan from Newcastle West takes a  selfie after completing the UL Sport Kid’s Run  at the University of Limerick on Saturday. Photograph: Declan Monaghan/Fusionshooters

Run, walk or crawl, everyone was a winner in Limerick this May bank holiday weekend when 12,000 people took part in the Great Limerick Run.Toddlers to(...)

Paul Devaney, the longest living resident in UL’s national altitude training centre, is preparing to attempt the world’s seven highest summits while raising money for charity. Photograph: Press 22

When aeronautical engineer Paul Devaney closes the door of his “digs” in the University of Limerick (UL) each evening, he sleeps in a room over three (...)

In early 1972, Tony Heffernan was outside the British embassy, then located on Merrion Square in Dublin, protesting at the massacre of civilian(...)