Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son, nine-year-old  Alex near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Children – many of them disadvantaged – are being “denied their education” by being placed on reduced timetables at school, usually for behavioural is(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

The simmering resentment of some Catholic clergy in Ireland over low attendance at events during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has finally brok(...)

Ray Bryne of the  Wineport Lodge: “I always got a huge buzz from the energy in a commercial kitchen.”

Ray Byrne opened the Wineport Lodge outside Athlone in 1993 as a small lakeshore restaurant with his wife, Jane English. Jane’s mother, Dorothy, own(...)

Mersus Technologies’ chief executive and founder Geoff Allen at The Irish Times Innovation Awards judging day. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Athlone-based Mersus Technologies has developed an immersive virtual reality platform that mirrors real-world environments and scenarios so precisely (...)

Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul  Kehoe said  One made a valuable contribution in helping veterans and he and the department strongly supported their efforts. File photograph: Alan Betson

One, the Organisation of National Ex-Service personnel, has expressed gratitude after its annual grant to help with running costs was more than double(...)

New to the Parish: Swathi Sasidharan with her husband, Sajeevan Achuthan, and children, seven-year-old Aadvika and four-year-old Anwita. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Swathi Sasidharan fell in love with writing when she was three years old. She knew her parents planned for their only daughter to pursue a career in m(...)

 Susan Greene (36) has  not been seen since late September in Skibbereen. Photograph: Garda press office.

Gardaí have issued an appeal for a missing woman to contact them to assure them both she and her 17-month-old baby are safe and well after learning th(...)

Halloween: there are lots of adventures, both inside and out, to keep the whole family entertained. Photograph: Ojo/Getty

In the sacred space between Back to School and Santa Stop Here, the ancients celebrated a very special festival: Midterm. Honour that tradition t(...)

Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Nuala O’Connor (aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir) is a writer and poet who has published 14 books, most recently her fourth novel, Becoming Belle. Raised in Pal(...)

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