The British base at Spike Island off the Cork coast was the first to be handed over on July 11th, 1938. Photograph: Richard Mills

The 80th anniversary of the handover of the “Treaty ports” was recalled at a ceremony on Spike Island in Cork on Wednesday. In 1938, with tensions mo(...)

Lot 144: a very rare Chinese rhinoceros horn carving of a figurine estimated at €20,000-€30,000

Two centuries before the late singer Dolores O’ Riordan became a star, Limerick had produced one of the world’s first global music celebrities. Cather(...)

The study programme is being carried out with the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE. Photograph: iStock

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are looking for 240 women across Ireland to participate in a stop smoking research programme. The women (...)

Non-smokers who suffered passive smoking in youth was associated with an earlier onset of cancer, in a person’s 50s rather than 60s, a Dublin conference on the disease was told. Photograph: Getty Images

Non-smokers who were exposed to passive smoking in early life are at an increased risk of getting lung cancer, but only if they have genetic factors, (...)

One in four children and two out of three adults in Ireland are overweight or obese

Specialist weight management centres should be set up in each of the six HSE regions to provide treatment for people who are obese, a new report recom(...)

Basil Walsh: generously gave of his friendship, scholarship and expertise in the cause of making Ireland’s music heritage better known

Basil Walsh, biographer of composer Michael William Balfe and of singer Catherine Hayes, who has died at the age of 80, was an important researcher, a(...)

Sugary drinks are a major contributor to childhood weight-gain, according to Prof Donal O’Shea. Photograph: Science Photo Library

A ban on advertising sugary drinks to children has been called for by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s (RCPI) policy group on obesity. (...)