From left, Blackrock College’s motto is Fides et Robur (faith and fortitude); Belvedere’s is Per Vias Rectas (By straight paths); and Presentation Brothers College Cork’s is Viriliter age (Act manfully).  What does that tell us about the schools?

School patrons are given considerable powers in legislation to protect the ethos of their schools. Admissions policies can be designed to protect t(...)

Religion can often be a source of conflict in families, as Joyce’s fiction, and his life, showed. Photograph: Hulton Getty

The standard literature on the development of adolescents does not tend to profile teenage rebellion in respect of the faith commitments of their pare(...)

Who’s learning what?: Xiaodong Li teaching Chinese at UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
Be grateful we speak English

There are plausible educational grounds for teaching foreign languages in schools, but we must be cautious about the fashionable belief that teaching (...)

A cross over  the village of Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Jack McManus

Earlier this year in “An Irishman’s Diary”, Patsy McGarry wrote of a falling out between his late friend and himself over the existence of God,(...)