Exuberant, exhilarating: Alma Kelliher, Ruth Smith, Nicola Kavanagh, Adam Matthews in RIOT, produced by THISISPOPBABY,  winner of the  Best Production award at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

After a fortnight of Fringe highlights, 10 shows win awards in nine categories

Dominic MacHale as Michael Collins, Irene Kelleher as Kitty Kiernan. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Michael Collins’s relationship with Kitty Kiernan is brought to life by their letters

Fight the power: Hot Brown Honey, at the Spiegeltent

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Sculptor Donnacha Cahill’s giant pop-up audio visual sculpture, The Gramophone,  at the market outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church  as part of Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

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The 1988 Tom Hanks comedy film will get the stage treatment at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for Christmas

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eight Irish writers’ monologues create a moving theatrical tapestry

Winners (back row): Laurence Kinlan (best supporting actor), Fergus Shiel (best opera), Sarah Bacon (best set design), Francis O’Connor (best costume design), Sarah Lynch (best production), Marty Rea (best actor), Sarah Jane Shiels (best lighting), Derbhle Crotty (best actress), Lian Bell (judges’ special award). Front row: Doreen McKenna (best costume design), Anne Clarke (special tribute award and best opera), Stacey Gregg (best new play), Louise Lowe (audience award) and Owen Boss (audience award). Not in photograph: Jimmy Eadie (best sound), Garry Hynes (best director) and Abigail McGibbon (best supporting actress). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘DruidShakespeare’ swept all before it at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Some of Frank Kelly’s memorable radio sketches on The Glen Abbey Radio Show were phone calls from gombeen culchie Gobnait O’Lúnasa. Photograph: Finbar O’Rourke/Collins Dublin

Comedian played a range of memorable and lovable characters on television and radio

Frank Kelly was a versatile, talented and inventive actor.  Photograph: Joe St Ledger

Articulate, charming actor could not have been further removed from Fr Jack’s personality

The fragmented transport links in Dublin means students in disadvantaged areas are more likely to attend their local IT rather than heading to university

Proximity to universities outside Dublin influences the likelihood of college progression, while Clare records highest rate at 92%

Mia Colleran and Shona Ní Aodhagain celebrate getting their Leaving Cert results at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Students in more affluent areas of Dublin are four times more likely to go to college

Eoin Fleming, winner of the Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award. Fleming is a sixth-year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, Dublin

Eoin Fleming hopes to study under John O’Conor in Virginia

President Michael D Higgins is presented with a copy of the ‘Irish Times’ book ‘Unthinkable; Great Ideas for Now’ by Joe Humphreys at Áras an Uachtárain. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael D Higgins welcomes publication ‘Unthinkable: Great Ideas for Now’

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The students of Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School have a hand in drawing up the school rules

RTÉ1’s ‘A Different Class’ captures the foundation of an Education Together school in Ongar

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More than 10,000 primary school children took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme last year

It’s a 21st century dilemma for the soft middle classes. Cabin fever becomes a passage of night

It may be easier to get grades for a college place in Europe, but first-year failure rates are often high. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of Irish students opting to study through English in continental European colleges is on the rise, and it’s easy to see(...)

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Well-attended website launch marks first tangible result of Arts in Education Charter

Scientist Ed Curry with artist Ceara Conway and teacher Ger Power in Scoil Chuimín & Caitríona, Oughterard, Co Galway.

This beast of a project reports a positive change in children’s attitudes to science

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Schools in disadvantaged areas are seeing a rise in the number of students progressing to college but inequalities still remain. F(...)

UrAbility founder James Northridge with his Dragons Den investor Barry O’ Sullivan. Photograph: Mark Maxwell

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