Fr Michael Drumm of the Catholic Schools Partnership was asked whether issues surrounding LGBT rights might surface in a job interview

A teacher being asked “what about the homos?” during a job interview must go down as one of the most bizarre human resources episodes of recent tim(...)

Commuters in Beijing can now  use their smartphones to read  classic texts provided by the National Library of China Beijing commuters can use their smartphones to read classic books

The most common sight on the Beijing subway is of faces lit from beneath in blue as commuters watch videos, television shows and films on their mobil(...)

Dr Orla McGarry, visiting research fellow at the Unesco  Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway.

Life in Ireland for Muslim teenagers can be “isolating, lonely and frequently dampened by incidents of racism”, according to research by an NUI Galway(...)

Emer Doyle and her children, from left, Ellie (13), Sean (16), Peter (8) and Mia (9), at their home in Kilcavan, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

‘It was completely life-changing. I went from being a traumatic single mother with five kids to a positive mother with happy kids.”It’s a powerful tes(...)

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 (...)