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(...)

Ruairí Quinn used to describe the Junior Cert as a ‘low-stakes’ exam. Clearly not all of the participants – or their parents – agree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A progress report on the bids by several institutes of technology for university status comes before the Higher Education Authority this week, but (...)

In his assessment of the case for sensitive treatment of Tony O’Reilly by AIB, Dermot Desmond may find he is out of sync with the mood of the people.

Dermot Desmond’s disdain for the media is legendary and he might have been better served adhering to his maxim of not speaking to the press this week (...)

Wood pellets: new technology from Active Energy Pelleting converts by-products from industry into biomass fuel granules for micro combined heat and power boilers

With a growing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, driven by EU targets, attention has been turning in recent years to renewable energy resources, (...)