‘Looking back now, the Leaving Cert exams were very predictable. But at the time it was the be-all, end-all that was going to decide my future. Now when I think about it, so many people in my [law] class came in through different access routes; it is not the only way to get into college.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Michael McGrath (19), attended Presentation Brothers College, Cork; now studying European Studies at Trinity College Dublin “I didn’t put myself under(...)

A Health+ Family supplement focusing on student life prompts a reflection on the particular place of medical education in Ireland. Traditionally, we (...)

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Scientific discovery can make human affairs on this planet seem awfully trivial. The discovery of the Higgs boson particle, for example, has led to f(...)

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(...)

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who faces calls for expulsion from the Britrish Labour party. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The recent calls to expel former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the British Labour Party have created a worrying alliance between those who use acc(...)

An electron microscope image of a zircon crystal

Geologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that the very oldest pieces of rock on Earth are to be found at the bottom of craters left by ast(...)

Denise Walsh won a trial to qualify for European Rowing Championships next weekend.

Ireland will send a team of just eight athletes to the European Rowing Championships next weekend. The two Olympic lightweight doubles will be joined(...)

Chef Michael O’Meara  in Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, Galway: agrees that “overfishing”  a much misunderstood term. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A “simplistic” interpretation of overfishing is unfairly placing all blame on fishermen, a senior geographer has said. Many fishermen are finding it(...)

Shane O’ Farrell,  who died in a hit-and-run  outside Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on August 2nd, 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts

A mother who sued for nervous shock after her son died following a hit-and-run in Co Monaghan has settled her High Court action. Law student Shane O’(...)

The image shows a sheet of molybdenum disulfide just one molecule thick.   This material has been suggested for a range of applications such as transistors, memory devices, solar cells and lithium ion batteries.

Ireland now has one of the world’s top 10 most powerful microscopes that can see objects a million times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. It(...)