Sheila Wayman

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Emma Martin with her son, James (10), who has numerous allergies, at their home in Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photographs: Brenda Fitzsimons

The death in Dublin last month of a teenager with a peanut allergy, minutes after suffering a fatal reaction when she mistakenly ate satay sauce, w(...)

Anxiety over performance can be a problem for both sexes. Photograph: Getty Images

It used to take nerve and ingenuity to accumulate a stash of pornographic materials; now porn is everywhere, only a click away on many mobile phone(...)

John Lonergan

He’s a small, slight figure in front of a crowd, but former prison governor John Lonergan has the audience hanging on his every word when he delive(...)

Ger Rowe (centre), youth worker BeLonGTo, with the Ladybirds group. Back row: Eileen, Donna, Alison and Stacy Lee. Front: Rachel and Sarah. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sarah was just 12 and a half years old and still in sixth class in primary school when she “came out” to her mother, Mandy.“I was really scared. I don(...)

Any 18-year-old with a long-term illness already has multiple challenges to deal with and an upheaval in healthcare can be one too many.This is the ag(...)

Getting into the swing of it: Let them have as much fun as possible and they are “learning under the radar most of the time”. Photographs: Getty Images

There are whoops of delight as seven grown adults pile into the “debris shelter” they have built from scratch in russet woodland in Co Wicklow. In the(...)

Cooking different meals and foods based on the likes and dislikes of the child can have huge consequences. Photograph: Getty Images

It is one of those things that before you became a parent, you never imagined you would do: cook different dishes for dinner, to suit individual taste(...)

Alan and Valerie Kingston, owners of Glenilen Farm, with their children, Sally (12), Grace (10) and Ben (7), at their family farm. Photographs:Emma Jervis
Married to the job

When Jamie and Lisa Cobbe gave up jobs in Dublin to start a business together in the west, they had to learn to speak to each other as colleagues – no(...)

Caoimhe O’Leary with her children, Adam (4) and Darren (18 months), at home in Tullow, Co Carlow. 
Photographs: Eric Luke

SHEILA WAYMANIF YOU don’t have children around, it is probably okay to admit you hate Halloween. For the rest of us, it seems churlish not to enter in(...)

Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)

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