Performing artist Amanda Coogan (far left) working with pupils of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls during their No Pens Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Maggie Owens is one of those teachers fizzing with ideas, the kind that carries everyone else along with her enthusiasm, the type who shakes things up(...)

 Sr Eileen Leen, Sr Borgia Shanahan, Sr Anne Roche (Sacred Heart sister), and Sr Regina O’Conell at the holiday house of the Presentation sisters in Ballinskelligs Co Kerry. Photograph: Frank Miller

There is a large yellow building that overlooks Ballinskelligs strand in Co Kerry, at an enviable location on the far end of the beach. It sits back f(...)