BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition: the RDS Main Hall has space for 550 research projects, but demand is such that main organisers BT could provide four times as many projects if space allowed. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The RDS is a scary place during the early days of January. There are kids about, lots of kids, more than 1,200 this year, most of whom seem way smarte(...)

Young Scientists of the Year Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan with managing director of BT Ireland Shay Walsh and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two students from Balbriggan have captured the top prize in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS. Maria Louise Fufezan and Di(...)

Leinster outhalf Cathal Marsh is tackled by Glasgow’s Ryan Wilson during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 23 Glasgow Warriors 18 Leinster trailed for most of this clash between the Pro12 champions of the past two seasons but they came good (...)

Simone Favaro: the Italian is the latest sign of the relatively recent attraction of foreign players to the PRO12 champions. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Simone Favaro was a super-destructive force for Italy against Ireland at the World Cup less than three weeks ago. The abrasive openside is the (...)

Paddy Jackson: taking a keen interest in Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The final hit out was with almost 2,000 fans waving and cheering from the main stand in the RDS. This last public training session saw Rob Kearney bla(...)

What happens when an architect and a designer get together to design their own home? In the case of John McCarthy and Geraldine O’Brien, of McCarthy(...)

Milliner Alice Kelly  from Wexford at the ‘Enterprise Zone’ at Showcase in the RDS. The craft trade fair which runs until January 21st. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

One of the perils of being president of Ireland is that people keep pressing gifts into your hands. How many local history books can a president read?(...)

Castres interntaional outhalf and captain Rémi Talès who at the end of this season will join the exodus of key players from the club. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Jack Kerouac once observed “great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads and popular opinion”. The players and management of C(...)

Chloe O’Neill (16) from John the Baptist Community School in Limerick with her exhibit, does running to the beat speed up your feet, at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS, Dublin. Photogaph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in humans but when it comes to horses, try fenugreek. Seven out of 10 horses agree that fenugreek or ot(...)

Brainy: Micheal Ní Coill, Andrew Eley and David McDermott from Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan, with their project, Concussion Screening, at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two students have developed ways of getting edible protein from single-celled organisms and another has come up with a way to take dangerous pathogens(...)