Max Arthur Macauliffe,  the eldest in a family of 11, grew up in Co Limerick.

Max Arthur Macauliffe is considered the most significant western figure in the history of Sikhism

Open days provide you with an opportunity to gauge the atmosphere, location  and services of your potential place of learning.

No better way to weigh up your study options than by visiting the campuses and facilities

National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG).

Life on campus: what Ireland’s universities and colleges have to offer

Photograph: iStock

What Ireland’s IoTs have to offer, when open days take place and more

Brexit contingency fund: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced a Brexit package of €1.2 billion with a number of specific measures in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Free dental care for under 6s, Help-to-Buy extended, more SNAs and teachers to be hired

Allowing workers to be flexible in their hours or work from home may help with greater productivity, employee happiness and create greater goodwill towards the company. Photograph: iStock

What you need to bear in mind to make sure you end up in the best possible working environment

“With so many opportunities available, it’s important you have a look at what you really want to be doing and go there first and see how it goes . . . There is no need to be applying for every role there is.” Photograph: iStock

What graduates should keep in mind to ensure they end up in the right job

CSO senior statistician Brian Ring: ‘People don’t realise how much data comes from the household surveys.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Statistics office moves to improve public engagement with household surveys

Currently, there are more than 16,000 apprentices and almost 6,000 employers involved in 47 apprenticeships. Photograph: iStock

Data shows that people who leave FET at level 5 or 6 either progress to higher education or go straight into employment

On Saturdays, just 5 per cent of Garda stations are closed but this jumps on Sundays when almost 30 per cent of stations are closed.

Just over a fifth of all stations are now open for 24 hours, analysis shows

‘Students normally form a study group to decide who is going to read what and then share back with the group key points of what the different readings were.’ Photograph: iStock ‘Students normally form a study group to decide who is going to read what and then share back with the group key points of what the different readings were.’ Photograph: iStock

What you need to do to make sure you do well at third-level

The European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

We examine attendance, questions, work on debates and committees

Over the weekend, Catholic bishops said the referendum’s objective ‘is not to support marriage, rather to liberalise divorce’. File photograph: Getty

Analysis for 2000-2017 reveals county comes out top from national total of almost 4,000

To apply for a divorce, couples must be living apart for four of the five previous years and the upcoming referendum will ask voters if they wish to remove this condition or keep it in the constitution. Photograph: iStock

Dublin previously had highest rate of divorce applications in country from 2010 to 2014

Participants  in the Darkness Into Light event in Clontarf. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pieta House fundraiser took place in 202 venues across 19 countries in five continents

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on at the White House in 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Number of countries visited by the Government has increased sevenfold since 2011

For students hoping to begin a postgraduate in the 2020-21 academic year, now is a good time to begin researching.

Awards, scholarships and grants are all available to help with your masters or PhD

With most women needing more than one pack and many also needing painkillers a woman’s 13 periods cost more than €100 per year. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Initiatives provide free pads and tampons for those who cannot afford the essentials

Help is available for those who cannot afford a third-level course. Photograph: iStock

Many students receive financial help but preparation is key when it comes to securing the correct level of funding

If you’ve never before attempted getting the Christmas feast to the table, there's plenty of fail-safe recipes to help you put on a real spread

These recipe suggestions from Ireland’s top chefs will help you plan an epic festive feast

DCU is expanding rapidly. Recent developments include a new state-of-the-art student centre which combines facilities for social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What the country’s top universities have to offer

Students at fee-paying colleges benefit from smaller class sizes. Photograph: iStock

Life on campus: Institutions around the country offer a diverse range of course options for prospective students

Ireland’s institutes of technology offer a wide range of science, technology and engineering courses. Photograph: iStock

Life on campus: here is what the country’s IoTs have to offer

The Curran family, two weeks before Joann died. Photograph: David Curran

For newly widowed people coping with shock and heartbreak, an online forum provides understanding, support and encouragement

Simon Community’s Niamh Randall said “it would have been nice to see more measures to address affordability and security of tenure for tenants”. File photograph: The Irish Times

Housing, health, property and environmental groups react to the budget

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe presents Budget 2019 outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe announces increase in tourism VAT rate, tweaks to USC, €5 increase in welfare

Workplace wellness initiatives include exercise classes and gym passes. Photograph: iStock

Employees are looking to companies for provision of workplace wellness initiatives

The provision of fruit, social zones and quiet spaces are becoming more common in the Irish workplace. Photograph: iStock

International companies raise employee expectations of what a modern office should look like

While traditional apprenticeships such as motor mechanics, carpentry and construction continue, the variety of apprenticeships being offered has expanded into areas where traditionally they would not have been offered. Photograph: iStock

Skills shortages identified include science, engineering, ICT, construction, healthcare and business and finance

Limerick Suicide Watch volunteers Michele Hill and Christy Keyes on patrol beside the river Shannon in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke, Press 22

The group, which patrols the river Shannon, says it has saved 180 lives since 2016

The ACP said said it encouraged people to find out what exactly they are being asked to vote for, and what the consequences of their vote may be. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests says unmarried, childless men should not be ‘dogmatic’

There is frost in many areas this morning which may linger in parts of the northwest and midlands in particular.

Temperatures to range from 2 to 7 degrees; heavy rain expected on Tuesday

Johnstown Road, Rathcoole. Photograph: Google Street View

Crash took place at Johnstown Road in Rathcoole, Dublin at 7.30am

Crash occurred on  Drumcondra Road Upper between the junctions of Griffith Avenue and Homefarm Road. Source: Google Street View

Man (19) taken to the Mater hospital following early morning incident

A beach on Inis Meáin. Source: Google Street View

Postmortem is being carried out on body found on Inis Meáin on Friday evening

With over 2,300 inmates in 1850, Spike Island was by far the largest prison in the United Kingdom as it was then constituted.

Former prison site wins at World Travel Awards described as “Oscars” of the travel industry

Swedish scientist Eve Ekeblad’s 293rd birthday marked with potato-themed doodle

Justin Bieber onstage at the RDS last night on the Dublin leg of his Purpose Tour. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There wasn’t a disappointed Belieber  at The RDS

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party tries to exchange a high five with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at the UK general election counting centre in Islington, London. Photograph: Darren Staples

From presidential debates to sporting victories, here’s a few other high-fives gone awry

Dublin Bus  sign showing out of service notice due to secondary picketing during  unoffiicial strike by transport workers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

From ‘absolutely disgraceful’ to support for the picketers, here is how Twitter reacted

From ‘IRA terrorist’ to ‘peacemaker’: McGuinness’s death made front page news at home and in Britain

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The youngest child to die at the home was just 10 minutes old, the oldest was nine years

The latest CSO figures show there are 198,000 empty homes, excluding holiday homes in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Pat Doyle says tax could yield an extra €20 million per annum to the State

Tonya McEvoy was in her 30s. Photograph: Facebook

Tonya McEvoy was on training ride with Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club on Sunday

Irene Sheridan, a professor of electronic engineering, and her daughter Alison O’Shea, who is working in the same field. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/ Provision

New report says Irish mothers and fathers are directing their daughters away from the field

The Government’s Action Plan for Rural Ireland was set out in Ballymahon, Co Longford, by  Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Jobs, health, transport and increasing garda numbers among key actions in the plan

Leaving Cert student  Carla Warde, from Foxford, Co Mayo and fifth-year pupil Ciaran Flanagan, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, who enjoy coding and have received awards for their coding projects. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Policymakers may still be talking about coding – but these pupils are forging ahead

The woman was treated by emergency services at the scene before being taken by air ambulance to St James’s Hospital.

Woman was involved in collision on the N2 at Clonavogy on Saturday afternoon

Tallaght Hospital has the biggest emergency department in the country. Photograph: David Sleator

Hospital has experienced ‘sustained pressure’ over past week due to increased ED numbers

Gardaí at the scene in Drumcondra where a 36-year-old woman was stabbed as she walked home from work by another woman who demanded her handbag. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Woman (33) has been charged after 36-year-old was stabbed and mugged

Photograph: Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Iarnrod Eireann will run alternativ timetables over the Christmas period. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Irish Ferries cancels six sailings for Friday due to ‘adverse weather conditions’

Gavan Hennigan will set off  on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Wednesday. Photograph: James Hearne/Digifluidproductions

Gavan Hennigan aims to row 5,500km under 50 days to beat Sean McGowan’s 2010 record

File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

An earlier signalling issue on O’Connell Street had delayed services

Children taking part in a craft and cookery class at Holy Trinity National School, Leopardstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New research has highlighted the importance of the arts to Irish schoolchildren

The corps’ complement peaked at 1,200 in 2009 as the then government attempted to reduce fatal collisions on the State’s roads. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Figure comes as number of road fatalities so far this year equals total for last year

“By all means support them and be in the background, but parents do their kids no favours by continuing to smooth the path for them.” Photograph: Getty Images

After years of close involvement with their children’s education, parents can find it hard to give up control. But overbearing par(...)

The Guardian, The New York Times and more on the appointment of new PM

Welsh players line up before the UEFA Euro 2016, semi-final match at the Stade de Lyon, Lyon. Rose is pictured first from the right, at the very end of the line.  Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Rose Carter (10) asked to walk out with Wales instead of Portugal after competition win

Exchange posted on YouTube is now the subject of a mandatory occurrence report

A fish trapped inside a jellyfish in Byron Bay, Australia. Photograph: Tim Samuel/

Photographer Tim Samuel captured the amazing scene in Australia’s Byron Bay

Coogee Beach is a popular location for Irish people living in Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

Social media post by Josh Massoud has been criticised as racist and offensive

Jessie Falvey (26), a new teacher at Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The new teacher mentoring scheme offers crucial support to graduates. So why are primary teachers threatening to withdraw from it?

Trinity College Dublin says a full and formal inquiry will be carried out and further steps have been taken to ensure the integrity of the examinations after an associate professor’s comments criticising exam answers given by students appeared on his Facebook page.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Dr Clemens Ruthner thought his Facebook page was set to private not public

Anthony and Róisín Casey with a picture of their daughter, Ellen, who was stillborn. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Everybody just wants a tangible memory of their child...the cot let us bring Ellen home’

Adrian Hardiman when he was sworn in as a new Supreme Court judge in 2000. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

Supreme Court judge described as ‘one of the great legal minds of his generation’

RUC officers and firefighters inspecting the damage caused by a Real IRA bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, which killed 29 people in 1998. File Photograph: Paul McErlane/PA Wire

Timeline of investigations from 1998 to 2016

Migrants warm-up by a fire at a makeshift camp along the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni. More than 5,000 people were trapped at the Idomeni camp after four Balkan countries announced a daily cap on migrant arrivals. Slovenia and Croatia, both EU members, and Serbia and Macedonia said they would restrict the number of daily arrivals to 580 per day.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamakilouisa/Getty Images

UN special representative says razor wires an attempt to keep people in Greece and Turkey

Genzyme’s 24-hour resuscitation marathon was part of its wellbeing programme

Companies looking after staff mental heath reap rewards

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe  at the launch of the St Patrick’s Festival 2016 with festival parade characters, Ciara Withington (6) and James MacDougald (8) in Merrion Sq, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Four day event promises a world class line-up of events and artists

‘At the end of the day, we have a business, and jobs to protect, and lots of customers who are loyal and faithful to what we have built here’, says MVP. Photograph: MVP Facebook page

MVP says they have received no formal written information about the ban

Aengus Shanahan has been missing from Limerick since 2000. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Aengus Shanahan was last seen in the city after going for drinks with friends

Shauna Hurley: “It’s looking at a structure and saying, ‘I was part of the team that designed that.’ ” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

In Ireland only a quarter of people working in science, technology, engineering and maths are women, and now female role models ar(...)

Amy Sheridan (11), who was born without a fibula, at home in Dunleer, Co Louth with her mother Caitríona, father Shay and sisters Sally (7), Lucy (9) and Kelly (4).  Photograph: Alan Betson

Amy, now 11, had her leg amputated at nine months but still enjoys sport

Albany Lodge, Shanganagh Road, Killiney

Energy efficiency, light and storage are priorities in south Dublin scheme

Studies have shown that access to fitness programmes in the workplace improve employees’ overall health and wellbeing

Pressure, long hours and the stress of the modern workplace have led many employers to offer free fitness regimes to their staff

Fit for exercise

Embarking on a new fitness regime will pay dividends, but before you start, it’s worth having your overall health and fitness leve(...)

Climbers Kevin McGradh and Alison Quinn, chartered physiotherapist specialist Eimear Brown, climber Edel Convery and co-founder of Street to Swimming, and Dr Padraig Sheeran, lead physician on the Kilimanjaro climb and sports medicine at RCSI. Photograph: Sara Freund

Five Irish teenagers with scoliosis took on the Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

Nicole deVere, from Cavan, lights a candle at St Teresa’s Church in Clarendon Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

When you’re doing your Christmas shopping in Dublin’s bustling city centre, it’s easy to miss St Teresa’s Church and Monastery, an(...)

A detail from a simplified version of Zero-G’s map of the Irish State

In a country full of quangos, State boards and semi-State bodies, it can be hard to get to grips with the sheer scale of the State(...)

Leaving Cert Applied students from Edenderry College signing the Causey Farm wall in Navan during  an outing

For 20 years, the Leaving Cert Applied has offered a practical approach and a better way to keep students in school and build a ca(...)

Yossi Goodlink, Michael Ajao, Freddie Watkins and Asbill Maurice in ‘Lord of the Flies’. Photograph: Johan Persson

The production coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre includes contemporary references alongside the rivalries and tension at the (...)

What do you need to know about the colleges you are considering, and what can you expect at their open days?

The country’s ITs offer a vast range of courses along with a host of social activities

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia

Many Irish teachers, tired of competing for insecure work at home, are leaving for jobs across the Irish Sea

The students can log in and work any time from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can work from home or they can go to a local, blended learning centre instead. Photograph: Getty Images

Pupils aged 13-16 for whom mainstream school hasn’t worked out can join online education tool iScoil, which is tailored to individ(...)

A3-rated two- and three-storey houses on sale from €260,000 in new development

Diswellstown Manor is a development of family homes close to the Phoenix Park

Students at the Gradireland fair can avail of opportunities at the event in the RDS, such as tips for dressing for interviews, CV workshops, and meeting potential employers and graduates who are currently on their programmes. The organisers say there will be more than 120 companies at the event

Job prospects look good for students at this year’s graduate fair, where up to 4,000 positions will be on offer

Eimear O’Sullivan: “I had heard a lot about the [Lidl] programme when I was in college”

‘I now do all the social media content for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and I absolutely love it’

Diego Coyle: ‘I’d advise taking up a precision sport. I took up archery and it helped me to study better.  It’s a sport that requires a lot of attention and it has helped me focus without my meds.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How can students with ADD or ADHD make the most of their college experience?

BT Young Scientist: find an innovative idea with a tight focus, for a spot at the RDS. Photograph: Colm Mahady

Competition is tight, so here’s the inside track for students hoping to make it to the exhibition

In demand: theatre and other specialist nurses are in short supply. Photograph: Stockvisual/Getty

Further education and training body to invest €600m this year in courses for 360,000 people. Focus to switch to IT, business and o(...)

Success story: Jonathan Coyle with his wife, Jackie, and son, Tristan, who achieved a City & Guilds level 3 advanced diploma for software developers from Solas training centre in Letterkenny. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall

Donegal Education and Training Board has trained hundreds of locals to prepare them for jobs with Pramerica Systems

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave

Organisers say it is in negotiation with a number of cities to hold event

The scene at Thomond Bridge in Limerick on Saturday evening as the cage structure was lifted out of the water. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Two men died in incident while repairing bridge over River Shannon

The campsite: Some 47,000 tickets were sold for this year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois

Army of campers, staff and performers on the move as festival closes for another year

Michael Henderson (pictured with his co-worker Mauney) on the beat with the  WA police in Kununurra.

Better pay and conditions, easy transfers, sunshine and travel opportunities have lured dozens of former gardaí to Western Austral(...)

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