The new dahlia garden in Aras an Uachtarain, which contains several Irish-bed cultivars include Dahlia ‘John Markham’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What does it feel like to have a plant named after you? Someone who knew the answer to that question was the late John Markham, the greatly respect(...)

Nocino is an Italian liqueur made from green, unripe walnuts steeped in spirit for several months. Photograph: Richard Johnston

While I’d love to gleefully claim that my garden has been awash with a glut of tasty, home-grown, organic produce all summer long, the truth is tha(...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

Jennifer Quinn, of The Drive, Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after  she accepted a Circuit Civil Court settlement of €75,000 damages on behalf of her daughter, Madison. Photograph: Courts Collins

A five-year-old schoolgirl, who will be scarred for life after she struck her head against a table in a Dublin crèche was on Tuesday awarded €75,000 d(...)

Seán O’Brien: will captain Leinster against Ulster at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster have sold close to 3,000 tickets and expect closer to 4,000 fans to attend the 6,000 capacity Tallaght Stadium this afternoon (kick-off 4p(...)

South African CJ Stander in full flight: “Munster gave me a chance, and I came here to play for Munster and then the possibility of one day playing for Ireland popped up.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three weeks ago, CJ Stander sat on the bench for the fifth time in the Heineken Cup. He expected to maybe get 15 minutes or so. Less than 20 mi(...)

Republic of  Ireland women’s International soccer player Stephanie Roche, Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, Ireland women’s international rugby player Jenny Murphy, and Waterford hurler Pauric Mahony at the Aviva Stadium.

For the third year running the organisations which govern the three main team sports in this country – the FAI, GAA and IRFU – have had to acc(...)

Work has begun to demolish Harryville Catholic Church in Ballymena, County Antrim, The church that was the scene of loyalist protests for several years. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Demolition work has begun on Ballymena Catholic church, which was the scene for loyalist protests as worshippers turned up for Saturday evening Masses(...)

 Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: Ireland and Israel spend considerably more time on religious instruction than any other OECD countries.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has questioned the amount of time devoted to religious instruction in primary schools and (...)

Less than half of primary school teachers teach religion willingly in schools across the State, a new survey has found. The research, car(...)