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Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced refunds for some college students in Budget 2021 to compensate for the shift towards online learning. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Online lectures, empty campuses, socially distanced social events: everything has changed about college this year, it seems, except the cost. We aske(...)

The Office of the Planning Regulator expressed doubt about Offaly County Council’s draft development plan projecting the population of Tullamore as growing by 4,753 by 2027. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The State’s planning watchdog has questioned proposals by Offaly County Council to plan for a 33 per cent increase in the population of Tullamore over(...)

The dayglo quartet: Matt, Noel, Paul and Prue.  Much has changed since the early days of The Great British Bake Off. Paul Hollywood’s hair, for one, has  become even more eye-burningly white, the whitest white you have ever seen.

The Great British Bake Off is back. Although for many housebounds “Bake Off” is just what they call 2020. Yes, much has changed since the last season.(...)

About 1,000 nursing home residents died during the pandemic with the sector accounting for more than 55 per cent of the deaths from the virus. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Surviving residents at a nursing home affected by one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country said they planned to hold a memorial service t(...)

Drumbear Lodge Nursing Home in Co Monaghan

A Co Monaghan nursing home where 22 residents died during a coronavirus outbreak was found to be in compliance with State regulations, a new watchdog (...)

A nationwide smoky coal ban has been favoured by some environment ministers – but coal firms from outside the State have threatened legal action. File photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

Air pollution is the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe, according to the European Environment Agency. It is estimated to cause 1,60(...)

Phil Healy winning the women’s 200m final at the national track & field championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The problem with being Ireland’s fastest woman is that every time you race against Irish opposition you are expected to win. It’s not easy, and Phil H(...)

St John’s Hall, Birr, Co Offaly

Often, we take for granted the architectural gems that are close by. But, with more people holidaying in Ireland this summer, it’s a perfect time to d(...)

Cathy Anne and Paul Bell outside The Brewery Tap, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

As rumours swirl around much of the midlands on Friday regarding Covid-19 lockdowns, Brian Cloonan takes delivery of nine pallets of Christmas decorat(...)

John Betjeman: his transfer back to London after three years as press attaché at the British consular mission in Dublin was front-page news. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Getty Images

‘The Irish Press reviews are good”, the future British poet laureate John Betjeman told the London book publisher Hamish Hamilton in September 1942. H(...)

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