Canine therapy has been used in colleges in recent years to help calm stressed-out students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Playing with puppies. Free yoga classes. Social media “holidays”. Mindfulness tips. These are just some of the ways colleges and universities are try(...)

 Archeological volunteer Rithie Jones at the cairn on the top of Turlough Hill. Photograph: Eamon Ward

When a prehistoric people built a large settlement in the Burren up to 3,000 years ago, why did they choose a mountain-top with no running water? Wa(...)

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In 2002 I graduated from UCD with a bachelor-of-arts degree. In hindsight it was a relative doddle: there was no continuous assessment and not a huge(...)

Across the entire second-level system, the total number of students with exemptions in Irish rose significantly, up from about 20,000 in 2004 to 32,000 in 2014. File  photograph: Eric Luke

The number of students granted exemptions from studying Irish at second level on the grounds of disability has climbed dramatically over the past deca(...)

Galway Harbour Company’s decision after the Buncrana deaths to limit access to its slipway has aroused criticism from water users.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Five weeks after five members of one family died when their car skidded into Lough Swilly, the Department of the Environment has issued no specific di(...)

Some children are, through the circumstances into which they are born, at risk of harm.

Recent weeks have seen disturbing revelations about the abuse of vulnerable children, both in their own homes and in foster care. A case in the Galw(...)

Archway, Swift’s Row. Taken from ‘Dublin Strolls’ by Gregory and Audrey Bracken (The Collins Press, 2016)

The architectural styles of city buildings and their surrounding streetscapes have a much greater impact on our everyday life than we realise. It’s u(...)

DCU Business School has received official recognition from the world’s oldest accrediting body for business schools. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City University Business School has received official recognition from the world’s oldest accrediting body for business schools. The move pl(...)

Soldiers  from the 53rd Infantry Group  training in the Glen of Imaal.   Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Defence Forces’ 53rd Infantry Group is completing its Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) in the Glen of Imaal in preparation for United Nations depl(...)

Gardaí were reluctant to “gather evidence, investigate cases and to prosecute without a domestic violence order” such as a barring or safety order, the report says.

The response of gardaí to domestic violence “can be a lottery”, a study on victims’ experiences of the justice system has found. Many women suffered(...)