Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin, one of 70 major school building projects, but it has not been built to a generic design. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:13

It’s arguably the biggest challenge facing primary and secondary education, and it’s likely to be felt long after the current furore over the new juni(...)

Junior masterchefs: junior finalist Maeve McManus and senior finalist Jordan Harrison taking part in Safefood’s Takeaway My Way all-Ireland competition

Most young people know that they need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and that processed and sugary foods aren’t good for them. They’ve been told(...)

Jamie Heaslip, ambassador for Science Week, which takes place from November 9th to 15th. More than 800 events will take place around the country with details at scienceweek.ie. Photograph: Alan Betson

Science and technology nearly took Leinster rugby captain Jamie Heaslip away from the great game, but it remains central to his life. International (...)

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 (...)

Illustration: Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images via Getty

How do they do it? Every year, the Leaving Cert results coverage comes with stories of students who received six A1s or more. This year, 162 studen(...)

Career potential: Ibec’s food-and-drink marketing programme will give 28 graduates the opportunity to work with sponsor companies for 18 months. Pictured at the launch were (back) Katie O’Donoghue, placed with Tullamore Dew in San Francisco, David Broderick of Ibec, Mary-Jade Hynes, placed with Tullamore Dew in Chicago, (front) Rebecca Savage, placed with Jim Beam in Minneapolis, and Conor Neville, placed with Tullamore Dew in San Francisco. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Three years ago, there were little or no job opportunities. Emigration, unemployment or an unpaid internship loomed large for graduates. Since then, (...)

Stephen Scully: “I’d hope to take on postdoctoral research in Maynooth for a few years, and take it from there.”

Careers are ongoing. Skilled graduates often change direction and, typically, the modern worker will change careers several times during their working(...)

David Crow (24) was surprised when he saw an advert for a position in the civil service. Hiring had slowed down in the previous six years, and, like o(...)

Dr Kevin M Ryan, chemical nanotechnologist at the University of Limerick

The path from college life to paid work has become crowded and overgrown. A postgraduate course is becoming an increasingly necessary detour on the ro(...)

The National Children’s Choir, which will sing at Féilte 2014

The life of a teacher: short working days and long holidays interrupted only to complain about Junior Cert reform. That’s the popular narrative abo(...)