A man with a pair of bellows on his head and several reptilian beasts adorn the frame of Psalms 18  and 19 in this fourteenth century Psalter. Copyright: The Board of Trinity College Dublin

In a third-floor room in Ireland’s oldest university a dragon balancing on two bouncing balls fires a ribbon from his mouth at a nun examining a caped(...)

Former president Mary McAleese taking wine after receiving Communion at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in 1997. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has been appointed among the first ever honorary lay ecumenical canons at the Church of Ireland’s Christ Chu(...)

Cancer Week Ireland runs from Monday, September 25th to Sunday, October 1st

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer – whether as a patient or a carer. And as latest statistics show that one in three of us may de(...)

Trinity student Lily Brennan (22) who is unable to find accommodation and is living on friend’s couches. Photograph: Jack Power

Students unable to find rental accommodation have been left sleeping on friend’s couches and staying in tourist hostels in Dublin as the college term (...)

Professor of law Ivana Bacik. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 30 years ago, I was threatened with prison by SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children). It was September 1989. I was president of T(...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor  during a press previews for Maze at The Movie House cinema in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is awfully chipper for a man who got up 5am to catch a flight to Dublin. “My son just about woke up to ask me where I was going,” s(...)

Science can make for a fascinating career in research, but for others a degree in science opens lots of doors in pursuing other careers

I’m often asked by science students for career advice. But really, is this a good idea? After all, here’s a woman who went to university when she was (...)

For search and social, Google and Facebook are inarguably two of the most powerful companies on the planet. File photograph: Getty Images

We don’t search online, we “google”, so it is no surprise that Google has over 77 per cent of the search engine market, while the nearest competitor i(...)

Some animals raised for food  have better lives and deaths than others.  Photograph: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

Habits are hard to break. Even the most nuanced arguments for veganism are unlikely to turn the head of a diner whose stomach is grumbling for steak. (...)

Rob Grant  and Stomptown Brass

Truth has died; so, we decided to have a funeral. Across cultures and throughout history, humans have engaged in practices to mark the death of those(...)