Illustration: Michael Viney

The eyrie of my Dublin bachelorhood, back in the 1960s, was a dinky pad carved out of a roof space high at the heart of Ballsbridge. It looked up to t(...)

For each school, a progression     rate is calculated by dividing      the number of pupils who accepted a college place last September by the number of pupils who sat the Leaving Cert

School league tables lie at the heart of an ideological struggle over how best to educate our children. In England, parents can easily compare aver(...)

Elementary my dear Watson

It is to Emily Watson’s credit that I enter the room unmolested by any preconceptions as to her personality. She’s not any sort of chameleon. Ms Wa(...)

(From left) Gavin Sheehan, James Plumley, Alan Morgan and Josh Taylor after rowing around Britain in a record breaking just over 26 days. Photograph: PA

Gavin Sheehan’s hands are “in ribbons” and he doesn’t want to see a wet sleeping bag again, but the Irish oarsman who helped set a new record for rowi(...)

Chemical investigations suggest that raw material for Ireland’s prehistoric gold hoard may have been sourced from near neighbours. An alternati(...)