The Mindfulness Matters project is inspired by the fact that whenever Derval Dunford looks out her window at home she sees Croagh Patrick in its various moods.

I have a persistent memory of a man who had retired from farming sitting outside his home in Naas, basking in the sunshine as my father and I drove b(...)

Iris Murdoch and her husband, John Bayley, Warton Professor of English at Oxford. While her imbroglios outside marriage have long been known about, these letters lay bare Murdoch’s almost desperate desires – and not only for men. Bayley remained a rock, however; and she always came home

“I should tell you that I have parted company with my virginity,” wrote 23-year-old Iris Murdoch to the soldier Frank Thompson in January 1943. She ha(...)

Louise Richardson, Oxford university’s first female vice-chancellor. Photograph: Robert Ormerod/The New York Times

Oxford University’s two most senior figures have offered competing visions of the institution’s recruitment policies and the legacy of its traditions (...)

Members of the Defence Forces during the first major event in Ireland to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle, January 1st, 2016. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two of the main churches in Ireland have organised seminars on the centenary events of 2016 to take place later this month in Dublin, Belfast, and Cor(...)

 Athlone after Storm Desmond hit the area before Christmas.  This year’s El Niño is now peaking and is one of the strongest on record. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps/PA Wire

From some of the worst floods ever known in Britain, to record-breaking temperatures over the Christmas holiday in the US and forest fires in Austral(...)

“When children move into adolescence, their body clock changes. They naturally become more of a night owl, and so they find it harder to fall asleep and get up in the morning.” Photograph: Thinkstock

School started at 9am, and I was late almost every day. As a teenager I was in constant conflict with my parents over my refusal to go to sleep on ti(...)

“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)

You can tell your boss it is biology not attitude that causes you to be indifferent. Photograph: Thinkstock

If you lack enthusiasm, feel indifferent or apathetic please do not stop reading. Researchers believe they know why you couldn’t be bothered. It is al(...)

Prof Louise Richardson, principal of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. File photograph: Robert Ormerod/The New York Times

An open debate is needed over whether the State can afford free fees for third-level education, according to the Irish head of one of Scotland’s oldes(...)

The findings by a US research team that adopting a low-fat diet and foregoing certain foods such as crisps and fry-ups may not be the best way to slim, have been strongly challenged. Photograph: PA

A row has broken out between researchers over claims made in a new study that adopting a low-fat diet may not be the best way to slim. US experts who(...)