From left, Patricia Doherty, SNA, with Cian Corrigan-Griffin and his mother, Niamh Corrigan, at the ABC Club pre-school in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke

A bunch of preschoolers are dunking their toy cars into dishes of bright coloured paint and then gleefully running the wheels across blank pages of(...)

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

Releasing balloons to mark World Autism Day. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Children with autism are at risk of being ostracised by their peers or being forced out of education because of a lack of behavioural supports in s(...)

  “In one of the afternoon sessions on the subject of archives, Patrick Lonergan of NUI Galway drew gasps from the audience.  He was relating how many women playwrights had had new plays performed on the main Abbey stage since 1940. The figure was just three, with five plays (three of which were by Marina Carr alone), although there have been some 500 productions in that time.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The second day of the Abbey Theatre symposium, entitled the Theatre of Memory, took place yesterday. “Making History: Artists and the Past” was the ti(...)

Animated Language Learning chief executive Enda Dodd with twins Charlie  (left) and Billy Moody Webb. Photograph:  Maxwells

A centre of excellence for language development is to be established in Co Westmeath as part of a €100,000 investment by Animated Language Learning (A(...)

Support role: six-year-old Lucy Fagan, who is affected by autism, with her mother, Genevieve, at the launch of the Blue Nose fundraising campaign for Irish Autism Action. Photograph: Eric Luke

New figures published by Dublin City University have provided the first accurate measure of autism rates in Ireland. At 1 per cent, the inciden(...)