The body of work on the island of Ireland pertaining to psychosocial approaches is limited. Five of the nine papers detailed here relate to a large cluster randomised trial: the DementiA education programme incorporating REmininscence for Staff (DARES), and as such are all related to reminiscence. Two of the remaining articles are literature reviews. The final two articles examine Life Story Work, a term Dempsey et al. (2014) considers a surrogate for reminiscence and the effects of cognitive stimulation therapy on cognition and QoL for people with dementia.