Todi, Santa Maria della Consolazione - Umbria, Italy

My husband and I plan to attend a family wedding in Todi, Italy, in May. We would like to travel from Ireland by ferry and then by rail through Franc(...)

High achiever: Conor Gallagher of St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, got nine A1s in the Leaving Certificate last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Annual feeder schools results published this week show how many students progressed from individual second-level schools to higher education. The gre(...)

There is a company called Active Gourmet Holidays and they specialise in all sorts of lovely trips with cooking classes.

My son has recently turned 13 and I promised him we would go away for a week or so to celebrate. His interests are cookery, animals and swimming. I(...)

Newspaper group claims that a small dark spot on Francis’ brain was identified during a check-up seven months ago. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican has strongly denied Italian media reports that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumour. Senior Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lo(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

‘Girls read more for enjoyment than boys, PISA surveys have found, and in particular, girls read more fiction, which is associated with high performance.’’ Photograph: Getty Images

Girls outperformed boys in 50 of 58 Leaving Cert papers across higher and ordinary level, according to a gender analysis of this year’s results. This (...)

Children at Chongshan primary school in southern China’s Guangxi. One head teacher told the BBC website that Chinese teaching methods were on a collision course with teenage British culture and values. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

No talking. No questions. Study hard. Obey teacher. Secondary school kicks off with morning exercises at 7am and ends with a trudge homewards at 7pm f(...)

Handout photograph of a new robotic arm, based on the same principles as octopus tentacles, which scientists hope will make surgery less invasive.  Photograph: Tommaso Ranzani/PA Wire

Octopus tentacles have inspired the creation of a flexible robotic arm for surgeons that can access hard-to-reach regions of the body.The mechanical a(...)

Tourism Ireland spent about €65,000 on greening over 120 buildings and monuments worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building as part of an international promotion of our national day. Photograph: Getty Images

Sydney Opera House charged Tourism Ireland more than any other global landmark to “go green” for St Patrick’s Day last year, figures reveal. Tourism I(...)