JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care(...)

Eoghan Plunkett with his sister Siobhán and mother Mary Plunkett nee MacCarthy

Eoghan Plunkett is Republican royalty, if one can forgive the obvious contradiction in terms. His uncle was Joseph Mary Plunkett, a signatory of th(...)

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty moves in to challenge Tyrone goalscorer Peter Harte during the qualifier clash at Healy Park, Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 1-14 Limerick 0-8 Ring-rusty Tyrone are back on the road, having seen off Limerick with the minimum of fuss and an economy of style at Healy P(...)

Laurence (Larry) Hayes, who died during the Tunisian shootings this week

A couple from Athlone killed in the Tunisia beach massacre had been due to return home just hours after the attack took place. Laurence and Martina Ha(...)

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)

Druid Theatre artistic director  Garry Hynes. Ms Hynes has said that the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum was an ‘extraordinary event’ during an address at NUI Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has described the passing of the recent marriage equality referendum as an “extraordinary event”, but ha(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey with Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker of Armagh: their clash at the Athletics Grounds promises to be a hard-fought encounter. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Championship draws take place in a blur of optimism and expectation but many a long-term surprise sharpens into something a bit more predictable as(...)

‘Fr Tom came into our classroom he was animated about Heraclitus. “Lads”, he began, “the philosopher Heraclitus said ‘no man steps in the same river twice’, but . . .”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

He was our last teacher of Greek. He introduced us to that strange language, all the way from alpha to omega. Through Fr Tom Flynn we met Thucydides, (...)

The Starry Kitchen in Drumcondra was one of 14 food outlets to be served with a closure order in May. Image via Google street maps.

Fourteen food businesses were forced to close by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in May. This is the highest number of closures in one mo(...)