Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Collins.

1991: English journalist, Ian Bailey moves to Ireland and settles in West Cork where he meets Welsh artist, Jules Thomas and sets up home with her and(...)

Trinity College Dublin, along with UCD, were scored on 12 indicators, getting eight As and six As respectively. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Higher education institutions in Ireland are performing well against their European counterparts in research output and developing links with industry(...)

Aine Curran celebrates what proved to be her winning goal against Hermes in the Irish Senior Cup Final at the National  Hockey Stadium, Belfield, Dublin.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Elks 1 Hermes 0 Aine Curran’s delightful 30th-minute goal propelled the Ulster Elks to a maiden women’s Irish Senior Cup title at Belfield yes(...)

Physicist Lee Smolin contends that cosmologists should test hypotheses against the properties and history of our universe

A common scientific interpretation proposes that our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes, the “multiverse”, with each universe (...)

  A section of the Ara OB1 Stellar Association photographed by the European Southern Observatory whose senior counsellor for international relations Claus Madsen said:   “If Ireland wants to be part of the global research community it has to have access to some of these international facilities.” Photograph: ESO/PA Wire

Ireland’s ongoing failure to join the research organisation that runs the biggest telescope in the world is a major missed opportunity, a meeting in D(...)

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of the death of the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Mr Higgins w(...)

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa pictured in New York in January 1911, during the long illness that eventually led to his death on June 29th, 1915.  Photograph: Getty Images.

A re-enactment of the funeral of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is among an ambitious programme of events to be unveiled this week to mark the centen(...)

“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

‘Here in the US, during the 1976 bicentenary of the American revolution, there was much focus on the theme of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as it had evolved since the 18th century.’ Above, the American Declaration of Independence adopted  in Philadelphia (with the future first President of the United States of America, George Washington present). Original Artwork: Engraving after a painting by John Trumbull. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

I’m in Boston this week, speaking about the Irish War of Independence and its legacy. As with other parts of Irish-America, there is much interest her(...)

 The World Health Organisation says that, when it comes to cancer, no amount of alcohol is safe

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, to be enacted by the end of 2015, will include many measures aimed at tackling overconsumption of alcohol in Ireland(...)