Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne at Gonzaga College in Dublin 6; and Deirdre McAdams in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw, Dave Meehan

Why do almost 90 per cent of students in Donnybrook go to college but just 16 per cent in Darndale? The reality in Ireland is that going to univers(...)

Such has been winger Matt Healy’s improvement over the last couple of seasons with Connacht that he was recently invited to train with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro12’s leading try scorer would not where he is today were it not for Lansdowne. And Matt Healy probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t f(...)

Shielmartin Cottage is a bit of a misnomer, as the property extends to more than 269sq m (2,895sq ft). It was constructed in the 1960s by architect A(...)

Harrow schoolboys in formal uniform watched by local lads in London: Irish schools for boys were modelled on the successful global brand of English public schools. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most divisive educational issues in modern societies is the link between private education and social class. In Ireland, medium- to low-(...)

 Former lifeguard and windsurferJack Kavanagh was paralysed from the chest down after a swimming accident  in 2012, and is back in Trinity College Dublin, where he is studying pharmacy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Charity match: Leinster Jesuit Schools v Leinster Spiritans (Holy Ghost) Schools, Donnybrook, March 20th, 6.30pm Jack Kavanagh is a 21-year-ol(...)

Belvedere: Gerry Foley, the school’s headmaster. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This week thousands of children have been going back to school. Most are moving up a grade. Some are moving from primary school to their local seconda(...)

Jack Gleeson (left) and Matt Smyth met in West Side Story. PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE MEEHAN

Jack Gleeson (21) stars as evil King Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’. He is currently filming the fourth series while also a Tri(...)

You know the phrase: the more things change, the more they stay the same. More than 100 years ago an Irish (...)

Christopher Robson, who has died aged 72, said when the Civil Partnership Act was passed in 2010 that he and his partner Bill Foley had spent h(...)