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Bloom gardening festival: five-year-old Adrianna Fayiah, seven-year-old Eoghan Fox and four-year-old Florence Marlow Ward help launch this year’s event. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardeners all over Ireland are frantically preparing for the biggest event in the horticultural calendar: the Bloom gardening festival, in the Phoenix(...)

Rob Heffernan celebrates winning gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championshops in Moscow on August 14th, 2013. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

He may be used to getting around Leeside and the world on foot but when five times Olympian walker, Rob Heffernan steps out as Grand Marshall for Cork(...)

The health standards watchdog found “systemic” problems in a residential centre for people with visual impairment and told the operator it planned to (...)

Bianca Doherty is originally from Cork and now lives in San Diego, where she teaches   occupational therapy on the  Master’s and Doctorate programs at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. Here, Bianca Doherty from Co Cork (...)

Giving it socks: Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and Brandon Nolan Burke (11) at the launch of TK Maxx’s Christmas Sock Day #Socksie in aid of Enable Ireland

Of all the commentary regarding Gaelic football’s experimental playing rules, one particular line of attack on the GAA piqued Jack McCaffrey’s interes(...)

“We need to look at what adaptations make us perform better and enhance our working lives.” Photograph: iStock

The Employment Equality Act obliges employers to make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities or long-term illnesses, meaning an employe(...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)

Christopher Karagiorgis (13) with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne, from Ashford, who have been unable to find a suitable secondary school for their son. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of teenagers with autism are in “inappropriate” secondary schools, or not in school at all, due to a dearth of suitable places, a leading rig(...)

Mary Nally: “I started up Third Age Ireland because I saw village life through my mother’s eyes and realised how little was available to keep her occupied and active.” Photograph: David Prendergast.

Mary Nally was working as a nurse at St Joseph’s Hospital in Trim, Co Meath, when her recently widowed mother came to live with her and her family. It(...)

 Shelly Gaynor: “We’re not looking for anything special. We’re looking for equal rights that everyone else has.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ireland’s recent ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is “ironic” given the ongoing lack o(...)

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