Called to the bar in 1966 and to the inner bar in 1980, Mr Justice Carney   is the presiding judge of the Central Criminal Court. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s most senior criminal law judge Mr Justice Paul Carney will retire from the bench next month following almost a quarter of a century in the (...)

 “I’m just delighted I survived. I still can’t believe it. I keep  reminding myself I’m only a whippersnapper. If I glimpse myself in a mirror, it’s like, who’s that?” Paula Meehan,  at her  home in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

When Michael D Higgins hosted a cultural evening in the Forbidden City in Beijing on his state visit to China in December, he invited Paula Meehan (...)

The study showed that yeast used to brew the perfect lager can also be pressed into service to produce excellent stout. Photograph: The Irish Times

There is nothing more Irish than the pint of plain but a DNA analysis of the yeast used to brew stout shows its origins are actually in India. The sam(...)

From left, Tanya Sweeney, Kelly Kierans, Meredith Gregge and Joanne McNally in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The word “spinster” used to conjure up a vivid and not entirely flattering picture. In rural Ireland in the 20th century, spinsters were something (...)

75-78 St Stephen’s Green: bought by Charles Stuart Parnell in 1867. Photograph: Eric Luke

75-78 St Stephen’s Green In 1867 Charles Stuart Parnell bought four houses – 75-78 – on the southern side of St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, from S(...)

In the Mathematics Genealogy Project, parent-child relationships are replaced by links between students and their doctoral supervisors or between mentors and their proteges

There is great public interest in genealogy. Many of us live in hope of identifying some illustrious forebear, or enjoy the frisson of having a not(...)

Start the siren: cabbage white caterpillars attack. Photograph: Thinkstock

It might appear that plants just sit there, but don’t be fooled by that calm exterior. Plants can’t simply up sticks and move when the going gets t(...)

UL’s Kevin O’Brien scrambles for possession with Matthew O’Hanlon of UCD. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

University of Limerick 0-18 University College Dublin 0-15 The long Fitzgibbon Cup famine for University College Dublin will continue for a(...)

“To a degree Ireland has managed to persuade people to locate activities in the IFSC here in Dublin, which are satellite activities for things that are going on in London”

A British exit from the European Union could irrevocably damage Ireland’s agricultural trade with Britain and cause an outflow of business from Dubli(...)

The satellite  is fitted with the largest camera ever launched into space

Parameter Space, a new University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company, has secured an €800,000 contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).The pur(...)