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Aine McAuley Crosse with her husband Gerry, and their family. Lisa (front row, second from right), Darragh (front row, far left) and Sean (front row, second from left) all have mitochondria disease.
 
'I read that they could die, and it was the worst day of my life' - mother's three children diagnosed with the same devastating illness “It wasn’t until three years of going back and forth to the hospital we got a diagnosis.”
 
 
 
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Thriving: Bríd and Will with Sam (8) and Zoe (6)   'I said a prayer that our newborn would have the strength to cry' - RTE's Will Goodbody's son 'born too soon' Michael O'Brien Memories of that day eight years ago remain vivid. News that there was something wrong with our first pregnancy came like a bolt from the blue. Like most first-time expectant parents, my wife Bríd and I had been busy making plans - excited we would soon hopefully welcome a healthy bundle of joy into the world.
 
 
The dog was reportedly dumped at the airport. PIC: CEN   Dog 'dies of a broken heart' after being abandoned at airport by her owner A dog has reportedly died after spending a month at an airport awaiting its owner's return.
 
 
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Ciara Margolis. Photo: Frank McGrath   Tech that: Using the internet to fight mental health Tanya Sweeney It's a truth universally acknowledged that the relationship between young people and technology is complicated. Amid the headlines about selfie culture, cyberbullying and social media, a simple truism gets lost: when it comes to managing one's mental health, technology can be friend as well as foe.
 
 
Trauma: Trudy Hayes had to have two kidney transplant operations after her kidneys failed   What it feels like to... lose everything 'It was at the height of the Celtic Tiger and everyone was spending, me included. Bellinis on a Tuesday? No problem! I was working as a hairdresser in a five-star salon and everything was about the glitz and glam.
 
 
Victoria Lambert: Rewriting the menu for diabetics One of the first questions anyone newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will ask is "what can I eat?", says the charity Diabetes Ireland.
 
 
Karl Henry: Fit after 50: Swapping quantity for quality when it comes to calories is essential to healthy ageing Over the past four weeks we have taken a look at the different types of exercise, how they can benefit you as you age and the frequency you should do them.
 
 
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Emily and David Diebold with Sammy (16) and Jessica (13) pictured in 2015   David Diebold: 'My youngest is travelling abroad on her own - and I'm terrified' David Diebold THE youngest is travelling abroad on her own for the first time, which is, quite frankly, terrifying. At the laissez-faire age of 15, she prepares for this adventure by staying out with her friends until 11pm on the night before she’s supposed to fly.
 
 
Photo: Thinkstockphotos.com   Ten foods that are actually choking hazards for babies and young children Geraldine Gittens Babies and young children have a natural habit of putting things into their mouths - even the foods which could easily cause them to choke.
 
 
John von Radowitz: 'Baby blues' risk lower for spring and winter births Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer the 'baby blues' than at other times of year, a study has shown.
 
 
Amanda Brunker on giving birth: 'My tirade of abuse soon wiped my husband's smile' How long can a baby survive out of the womb before being fed? Five minutes, half an hour, two hours?
 
 
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Photo: Shelbourne Hotel   This festive afternoon tea is booked out every weekend until Christmas Geraldine Gittens If you're planning to have afternoon tea at Dublin's five-star Shelbourne Hotel before Christmas, mid-week is your only option.
 
 
Food guide: Phil Vickery has written the Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook. Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock   Rewriting the menu for diabetics Victoria Lambert One of the first questions anyone newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will ask is "what can I eat?", says the charity Diabetes Ireland.
 
 
Review - Clanbrassil House: 'The smoked trout on sourdough is unmissable' A breathless late-night text comes in from a friend who eats at Clanbrassil House in Dublin on one of its very first days in business. "You have to come here," it reads. "The food is soooooo good."
 
 
Katy McGuinness: How the Irish breakfast came of age At Castlewood House in Dingle, the breakfast menu is a far cry from what you might have found in an Irish B&B even 20 years ago.
 
 
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The 20-year-old actress Chloe Grace Moretz who was seeking a pad while filming in Dublin   Peek inside these five top pads asking €10k plus rent per month Mark Keenan This is the Dublin 6 home that Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz offered to rent earlier this year at €20,000 per month - but was turned down by the owners on the grounds that the 20-year-old was "too young".
 
 
One of the penthouses at Lansdowne Place in Ballsbridge   Swings above hot tubs and tropical-garden bathrooms are the new trends in Irish penthouses Róisín Carabine Sky bars, state-of-the-art home cinema rooms, freshwater aquariums, glass stairwells and five-star, spa standard bathrooms. Then there are those who can't live without a swing over their indoor hot tub.
 
 
Mark Keenan: Go on with the show in D9 Smarter buyers of new homes will sometimes wait around for the show house to become available for sale, particularly when it's in a smaller scheme, like 190 Collins Avenue in Dublin's Beaumont.
 
 
'True blue' Phibsboro terrace Phibsboro Road in Dublin 7 was a busy sort of street in the early 20th century, populated by hard-working, conscientious people. For the most part, at least.
 
 
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Irish Independent Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham at the wheel   Eddie Cunningham: 'Apparently I'm a moron, a fool, an idiot... but I still stand by every word' Eddie Cunningham SO I'm a moron, a fool, an idiot. I should be drop-kicked into the next parish and then the one after that. I should be arrested for potentially causing an accident. Did I not know anything about driving on a motorway?
 
 
The Junction 27 site has eight bays   Tesla opens second supercharger ... and there are two more on the way Eddie Cunningham Motoring Editor Tesla has just opened the country's second supercharger at the Applegreen, Birdhill site on the M7 - one of the busiest motorway service stations in the country.
 
 
Eddie Cunningham Motoring Editor: We need real political leadership and unity or we'll stumble into an electric car twilight zone I'VE been driving a good few electric cars of late and I've come to something of a harsh conclusion.
 
 
Advice helpdesk: Should I buy a Volkswagen Jetta or T-Roc? I have an '06 VW Jetta and love it. That's why I've held onto it so long. I used to change cars every 3-4 years but just couldn't let it go. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea (farmer's car), but I just loved it. Looking to upgrade in 2018 and wonder the best option is on sticking with Jetta or moving up to Passat or T-Roc. Budget €25K-28K, city driver but with regular weekend road trips.
 
 
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Statue of Liberty New York. Photo: Deposit   The New York Bucket List: 25 things to do in the Big Apple before you die! Pól Ó Conghaile & Vicki Notaro So... how many have you done?
 
 
A Grizzly bear (Ursus Arctos Horribilis) swimming across the river, Khutzymateen Bear Sanctuary, near Prince Rupert British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Getty   Canada: British Columbia will ban grizzly bear hunting, but what's it like to track them on holidays? Sarah Marshall Wading through waist-height devil's club shrubs with leaves the size of dinner plates, I feel like a shrinking Alice in Wonderland.
 
 
Pól Ó Conghaile: Aer Lingus announces surprise new transatlantic route Transatlantic routes are like buses these days. You wait ages for one to come along, and then several arrive all at once.
 
 
Pól Ó Conghaile: Seattle: Seven things you didn't know about Aer Lingus's newest US destination Ireland's newest transatlantic route will whisk visitors all the way to Washington State. But what surprises lie in store in Seattle?
 
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