Ploughing Championships: Sunshine and horse power at the national event  in  Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:18

President Michael D Higgins is not one to evoke divine intervention too often, but he managed a wry smile when seeing the ranks of clergy lined up bes(...)

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Condoms don’t work, says one school textbook. Students sit through graphic and detailed anti-abortion talks from Life Pregnancy Care and other anti(...)

BeLong To Yes, the largest national coalition of youth and children’s organisations calling for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22nd, gathered outside the GPO in Dublin on Tuesday to launch their Yes campaign posters. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwell Photography

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has called for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd.The NYCI is the representative (...)

Representatives from the  BeLonG To YES coalition at a meeting on the importance for young people of a ‘Yes’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Organisations involved in the coalition include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige and BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The same-sex marriage referendum represents an ‘incredible opportunity’ to look young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the eye and tel(...)

Bright Light Studio Fermoy Dance School with Luxe dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Cork City. Photograph: Clare Keogh 1:51

DUBLIN Many native Dubliners are ambivalent about the St Patrick’s Day parade. Many have seen it so many times before. Others associate(...)

Shauna Kearney, Bunclody; Diane Wiley, Kilmuckridge; Caoimhe Hodgins, Carnew; Bill Nolan Coolattin; Patricia Moitie, Enniscorthy; and Becky Tobin, Enniscorthy at the Wicklow/Wexford Foróige youth conference in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford.  Photograph: Garry O’Neill

When I returned to work after my first maternity leave, I used to have a shorter day on Fridays and my commute home on the Dart would sometimes coi(...)

Ted O’Donovan, Liam Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan and John Hegarty lay a plank on the Ilen.

Witnessing a “whiskey planking” is not an everyday event in a politician’s diary, but Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney is on the guest list for o(...)

Schools are failing to address sex education in a “comprehensive” way, according to a report published today on the impact of a community-based advice programme on relationships and sexuality. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Schools are failing to address sex education in a “comprehensive” way, according to a report published today on the impact of a community-based advice(...)

Tall ships arrive into Dublin Port to participate in the three-day maritime festival along Dublin’s North Quay over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Seven tall ships with 100 Irish sail trainees from both sides of the Border have berthed in Dublin Port for this weekend’s river festival.The flotill(...)

Éilis O’Brien with senior infants in the Doodle Den club at the Sacred Heart Junior School, Killinarden,Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph:Eric Luke

Fifteen senior infants in wine-coloured uniforms are scurrying around a classroom, pencils and clipboards in their hands, searching for words o(...)