John Noel Smith: ‘Moving Lines I, 2017’, oil on canvas, 200 x 240 cm

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The buzzwords right now in progressive companies are corporate wellness, executive healing and employee optimisation. Photograph: iStock

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Eamon de Valera speaks  at O’Connell’s monument in Ennis, Co Clare. “ He is very well thought of by his followers and considered extremely dangerous by the authorities . . . He is deified.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is still possible to come across original sources for Ireland’s revolutionary period. The text here is a hitherto-neglected account of a visit to D(...)

Trinity College Dublin has been ranked at 81st place in the world university rankings for arts and humanities subjects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Dr Alison Campbell, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland. Enterprise Ireland. Copyright Fennell Photography

Knowledge Transfer Ireland, which was established four years ago, is the national office that helps private-sector organisations benefit from access t(...)

Artist Brian O’Doherty: ‘Now that I’ve got less permanent, I would like to do some permanent installations.’ Photograph: George Tatge

In Brian O’Doherty’s studio there is a large photograph dating from 2002. Five figures are posed against a white background: Brian O’Doherty, William (...)

Mother Michelle Metcalfe says back-to-school time is a very stressful time of year for parents. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Michelle Metcalfe,from a town just outside Dublin, has two girls who are looking forward to sitting Junior and Leaving Cert exams next year as she loo(...)

Jayna McCuskey and  Mark Ara at St Enda’s School: “It is 50 years since our free education system was made a constitutional obligation and yet still we are seeing parents being told to foot the bill.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost half the State’s parents with schoolgoing children will not be able to afford other bills or daily essentials once all the education costs that(...)

Ana Maria Pacheco’s Hairy Legs of the Queen of Sheba.  Courtesy of the artist and Pratt Contemporary

Many centuries ago a young Portuguese girl was said to have been so determined to remain chaste, she prayed to be made ugly. God granted her a beard. (...)

At William Partridge’s graveside: Trade unionist Des Geraghty (left) said  Partridge, who died in 1917,  “exposed the atrocious living conditions of workers and their families in the whole of Dublin during his lifetime”. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Trade unionist Des Geraghty has recalled how a Dublin Corporation study in 1903 established that “virtually 60 per cent of Dublin families, with an av(...)