Marian Ryan on her graduation day in October. Photograph: Peggy Ryan

“I was upset at first – from happiness. I was proud when I heard I was coming.”Such was the response of one participant in a pioneering university co(...)

Break in Bruges: the best way to navigate Bruges is by taking a boat trip on the canals, which costs just €7.60 for half an hour with live – and lively – commentary. Photograph: Getty Images

War tourists have been coming to present-day Belgium since the Waterloo battlefield was sought out by curious British travellers in the aftermath o(...)

Lelia Doolan: the film-maker  was one of the co-ordinators of more than 50 organisations involved in the Galway bid for city of film status

Galway has been congratulated on securing the first Irish City of Film designation from Unesco, by Irish Film Board chairman Bill O’Herlihy. The des(...)

Cruising on the Danube

My wife and I want to travel the rivers of Europe, but the cruises all seem OTT to us, with food and gourmet offers. We want, turning 60, to travel w(...)

Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre, which is said to be looking at expanding its premises in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As Galway prepares a European city of culture bid, Druid theatre company is seeking to expand its performance space in the city.The theatre company, w(...)

 The city of Jyväskylä, which  is in central Finland, some 270km from the capital, Helsinki.

Our daughter goes to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, for one semester in January 2015. Is there a direct flight from Dublin to Jyväskylä, or (...)

The round tower of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders, several kilometres away from where the famous football game between British and German soldiers during the Christmas truce of 1914 took place. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Writer, producer and humanist Don Mullan has no reason to feel particularly nostalgic about the passing of former Democratic Unionist Party leader (...)

A model in   Issey Miyake for his   ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week. Photograph:  Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

The sun shone down on Paris yesterday and on three outstanding fashion shows from Dior, Issey Miyake and Loewe where JW Anderson made a stellar debut(...)

Polar Bear, aka Steven Camden, performs at Lingo next month
The word is out on Lingo
  • Culture
  • September 26, 2014, 01:00

Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival? Really? There’s never been one before? It’s true and true again – despite the proliferation of book fest(...)

Schools are failing to address sex education in a “comprehensive” way, according to a report published today on the impact of a community-based advice programme on relationships and sexuality. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Schools are failing to address sex education in a “comprehensive” way, according to a report published today on the impact of a community-based advice(...)