Fintan O’Toole, pictured with his then-four-year-old son Samuel in ‘The Irish Times’ in August 1990, when he walked 80 kilometres of the Wicklow Way, from Marlay Park to Clonegal

In the first of a series where we mine the Irish Times archive to find the best articles from previous summers, Fintan O’Toole walks the Wicklow Way i(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan,  who lives not far from Corpus Christi school. Inevitably, it is schools in the most disadvantaged areas – those with the least ability to drum up support from the local community – who stand to suffer most. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cake sales, raffles, bag-packing and “voluntary” contributions: schools are no strangers to rattling the can to make up the shortfall in running costs(...)

Moyross in Limerick where Fr Tony O’Riordan claims “we’re being punished for our hard efforts to deliver educational outcomes for kids”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has said a decision to remove a teaching post from a primary school in one of the most deprived parts of Limerick city was(...)

Ann Maguire: the 61-year-old teacher was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, last April. Photograph: PA

A teenager accused of murdering teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom has “accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing”, a court has heard.The 16-(...)

Chile fans celebrate victory over Spain  at a public screening in Santiago. Photograph: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

In Chile the press had no doubt their country’s national side had made history with its elimination of Spain thanks to its 2-0 defeat of the world cha(...)

Tributes to teacher Anne Maguire adorn the school fence at Corpus Christi Catholic College on Neville Road in Leeds, England.  Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The 15-year-old boy accused of murdering a teacher in Leeds on Monday appeared at Leeds Youth Court today. The teenager cannot be named for legal reas(...)

Pupils place tributes to murdered teacher Anne Maguire outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road in Leeds today. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The British schoolteacher who was murdered in front of her pupils died of multiple stab wounds, a postmortem has confirmed. Ann Maguire ((...)

Undated handout photo of Anne Maguire, named locally as the teacher who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds today. Photograph: Prince Chaponda/PA Wire

Students and teachers in a Leeds school have united in grief following the killing of p(...)

The tanker, Hellesport Charger lost her main engines around 1pm today approximately 100 miles west of Loop Head and is drifting in Force 7 winds and six metre swells towards the Irish coast.

The Irish Coastguard has begun an operation to assist a stricken chemical tanker with 15,000 tonnes of caustic soda on board after the ship lost po(...)

People celebrate as white smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

They had to be the luckiest Argentinian family in the whole wide world. Well, certainly in St Peter’s Square. They were easily spotted, if murd(...)