Niall Moyna at an O’Byrne Cup game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They came to look for disease. It was the 1970s in Scotstown, Co Monaghan. The van arrived at Niall Moyna’s school, and the children were all X-rayed (...)

Rugby international and Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip is an ambassador for Science Week which takes place from November 9th-16th. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is all about science next month when Science Week 2014 gets under way with 800 events taking place up and down the country, including exhibitions,(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is a current part of an intercounty set-up that has dominated in Leinster for the past decade. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the past four years the All-Ireland football championship has changed. Back in 2010, all four provincial champions were eliminated in the quarter-(...)

Monaghan’s Dessie Mone: could be largely confined to defensive duties against Dublin’s rampant attack. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I read with interest Niall Moyna’s comments here during the week on the likely physical impact on Monaghan of last week’s qualifier win over Kildare b(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: proposals need further negotiation

Mark Twain always said he never let his schooling get in the way of his education. Victor Hugo always said he who opens a school door closes a (...)

Prof Niall Moyna said being active for 60 minutes a day did not have to involve organised sport or be in one burst of activity. “For children it could be 10 minutes skipping, 15 minutes running or kicking a ball,” he said. “It all adds up.”  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Parents are being urged to encourage their children to go out and play, as part of a campaign to tackle childhood obesity. The(...)

Sarah Lavin, National Junior Athlete of the Year 2013 (centre), with Adam Sheehan and Cliona Sullivan, both students from Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co Offaly, at the launch of the Aviva Health Insurance Schools fitness challenge yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 80 per cent of Irish secondary school teachers believe physical education (PE) should be a core examinable subject in the Leaving Certificate, ac(...)

The start of last year’s Dublin Marathon.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I’m going to be controversial here, Dublin City University’s sports scientist Niall Moyna warns. “Is it good for people who can’t run a marathon in u(...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper tackles James O’Donoghue of Kerry during their All-Ireland senior football semi-final at Croke Park earlier this month. The corner back says his side didn’t lose their composure despite conceding three first-half goals in the game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The last thing any player should be revealing before an All-Ireland final is a sudden and crippling loss of confidence. Now is not the time for even t(...)

Joy McGinn, Clara O'Rourke, Jennifer Brown and Georgie Poynton from Colaiste Na Hinse, Meath, who took part in Aviva Health’s Schools Fitness Challenge 2013. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds/CPR

The fitness of Irish schoolchildren needs to be given the same priority as subjects such as maths and English, the founder of (...)