In April, Dingle resident Catherine Merrigan, 58, will pack her bag and travel across to Skellig Michael, the spectacular rock and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where she spends six months of every year as an island guide and warden to over 8,000 breeding puffins, which arrive there in the spring, […]

First established in 1939 as the Irish Red Cross Society (IRCS), today The Irish Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network helping people affected by crisis and conflict. Over the years the organisation has provided first aid services in wartime and peacetime, playing a vital and pioneering […]

As we approach the inaugural World Lewy Body Dementia Day on January 28, Kevin Quaid, who was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2017 after a previous diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, tells Mary O’Brien why he wants people who have dementia to be less afraid of the disease and Iracema Leroi, a professor in geriatric […]

On the heels of International Dwarfism Awareness Day (October 25) and as we approach ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPWD) celebrated on December 3, Mary O’Brien meets with Róisín White, mother of Lia, an eight-year-old child with achondroplasia and Pauline Cotter, (67), who has the same condition. They share their […]

Running from a troubled childhood and the confines of a life governed by societal conformity and institutional religion drove Graham – now known by his spiritual name ‘Gyan’ meaning wise – Ordish to run away from home at the age of 16 and set up camp in a cave in […]

Travellers have been part of Irish life for centuries, long before the Great Famine, although it’s only in recent years that they have been formally recognised as a distinct ethnic group within the Irish state. Traditionally nomadic, working and trading and camping in barrel top wagons alongside the road, an […]