Irish Rugby ambassador Fiona Coghlan, Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney,  IRFU chief executive Philip Browne and team captain Niamh Briggs at the announcement that Ireland will host the 2017 tournament. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is coming to Ireland in August 2017. The University College Dublin campus, and possibly Donnybrook’s 4G pitch, will(...)

The study into the predictability of the senior cycle exams found that the issue was “not very problematic” across six subjects investigated. Photograph: The Irish Times

Greater emphasis should be given in the Leaving Cert to assessing “higher order thinking skills”, an independent report has recommended. The study int(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

Weekend in . . . Belfast: take a ‘black taxi tour’ to better understand the city’s fraught history. Drivers deliver a running commentary on the Troubles and explain the significance of the numerous political murals. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/The New York Times: 5:30

Avoided, underrated or just plain forgotten, Belfast is a city that’s been fighting a bad reputation for half a century. A visit today, however, is(...)

 “I’m just delighted I survived. I still can’t believe it. I keep  reminding myself I’m only a whippersnapper. If I glimpse myself in a mirror, it’s like, who’s that?” Paula Meehan,  at her  home in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

When Michael D Higgins hosted a cultural evening in the Forbidden City in Beijing on his state visit to China in December, he invited Paula Meehan (...)

Mary I had previously been awarded the fixture against IT Carlow having reported the ineligbility of one of IT Carlow’s players during their group stage defeat to them. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IT Carlow are back into the Fitzgibbon Cup in the latest twist in a Higher Education 2015 season saturated with player eligibility concerns, expulsion(...)

Segment 1 of the “leaky pipeline”, produced by the UK Equality Challenge Unit, characterises the loss of women at consecutive academic career stages in Irish universities. Scoll right for segment 2

Ireland’s seven universities on Thursday signed up to a charter against gender inequality with the aim of boosting women’s participation in senior pos(...)

Rory Kavanagh of Donegal keeps possession despite the attentions of Kerry’s David Moran during last year’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Progress can be made in easing the burden on young players without banning them from representing their colleges, according to Dave Billings, the vas(...)

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora an(...)

A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

The island of Ireland might be known, to those wearing emerald-tinted glasses, as the land of saints and scholars, but isn’t it curious that in the(...)