Donald and Jane Maxwell at their Cabinteely home with their grandchildren (front, from left) Charlie Hilliard, Clara Maxwell, Lucy Hilliard, Alison Plunkett and Lisa Maxwell; (back row, from left) Tanya Plunkett, David Maxwell, Daniel Plunkett and Ben Hilliard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It took a long trek from Dublin, and many rounds of “I Spy”, to visit my only granny, who lived in Norfolk. But anticipation of the pleasure of being (...)

Thousands of protesters occupy a main street at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong. Photograph:  Reuters

Twirling a handful of yellow ribbons pressed into my hand to signify peace with Hong Kong’s protesters, and with eyes reddened by tear gas, I’m ponde(...)

Katie O’Flynn and Vivien White on Grafton Street, Dublin. Both identify themselves as aromantic asexuals. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:35

Oscar and Eva are in love. Oscar, full of energy, bustles about and worries about the precise measurements for banana bread. Eva, more introverted (...)

Ellen Conlon and Josephine Thomas of The Pregnant Box. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

"This girl isn’t happy; this girl has to see a social worker; this girl had a one-night stand.” Voices echo through an empty Dublin church, as (...)

Mary-Claire King has argued that all young women should be screened for the known breast-cancer risk mutations

You probably don’t recognise the name Mary-Claire King, but I’m willing to bet you know this extraordinary woman’s work. King, a professor at the U(...)

Kevin McGee viewing ‘Efforts & Ideals; Prints from The First World War’ at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin as part of Dublin Festival of History, 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The late princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer is to appear at the Dublin Festival of History tomorrow night. Earl Spencer has written a book abou(...)

Dublin Bus is now heading towards a more stable financial position although the company still faces significant challenges, its new chairman-design(...)

Cricket Ireland has announced a   a multi-million euro   10-year sponsorship deal with Indian conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji Group. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Cricket Ireland has announced a 10-year multi-million euro sponsorship deal with an Indian conglomerate.The Shapoorji Pallonji Group is “investing in (...)

The latest QS rankings, one of the big three international league tables, shows Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s top university although it dropped from joint 61st place to joint 71st.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish universities lost some more ground to Asian competitors in the latest university rankings published today.The QS rankings, one of the big three (...)

Nevin Spence down on the farm: tragic death in slurry tank accident. Photo: John Dickson

He was all that we want our sporting heroes to be. Nevin Spence was a talented centre with the Ulster rugby team. At just 22 years of age he was on(...)