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(...)

Actor Cillian Murphy at NUI Galway for the screening of Broken, which was followed by a conversation with the young audience on issues raised in the film. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When actor Cillian Murphy walked into a lecture theatre full of teenagers in Galway several nights back, it was the few adults present who required th(...)

 Grace Jennanie and Pete Butler of the Friends of Merlin Woods. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway city could lose its largest, most biodiverse and oldest woodland if plans to build a €7 million “quality” bus corridor proceed, according to(...)

Young entrepreneurs: “Each business had to pay €8 for a slot on the flyer, so they did. And we got 80 businesses taking part.” Twins Michael and Oisín (13) McGloin from Bundoran, Co Donegal

My first summer job actually started at Easter. My friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons – she went on to become a lawyer, but she’s actually (...)

I came to live in Ireland from a village in Somalia, when I was 13. My two sisters, my parents and I stayed in Mosney after arriving. I got to know a (...)

Irish teenagers spend nearly a year-and-a-half of their time at secondary school on summer holidays. That’s a considerable slice of their young lives.(...)