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 Pat O’Brien, ‘the priesht’, at his home in Claremorris before returning to his island parish in January 1980

The last time I saw Pat, “the priesht”, he blessed me outside the Quays pub in Galway. It was November 2019, and I was staying in a hotel on the prom(...)

Level crossing at Ashtown, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A coalition of community groups, representing thousands of households from Dublin to Kildare, have banded together to oppose the closure of level cros(...)

An Oireachtas committee was examining the issue of waiving intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The drugs industry was accused by Médecins sans Frontières on Wednesday of showing little interest in investing in vaccines unless and until it was f(...)

There are plenty of factors to consider if you are thinking of changing your CAO choice. Photograph: iStock

Crunch time is coming. In the next few weeks, students will finalise their Central Applications Office application and decide which further or higher(...)

Graduates are far more likely to work on corporate mergers than on high-profile criminal trials. Photograph: iStock

Let’s get some of the common misconceptions out of the way first. A law degree is not a guaranteed route to riches: many barristers, particularly i(...)

 Michael O’Kennedy outside the Dáil in 2000. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Born: February 21st, 1936 Died: April 15th, 2022 Michael O’Kennedy, who has died aged 86, enjoyed a lengthy political career which included stints as(...)

Elevated rates of sea-level rise have been recorded in Dublin Bay. Photograph: iStock

An analysis of trends in Dublin Bay over eight decades has confirmed the sea-level is rising faster than expected - at approximately double the rate o(...)

NUI Galway is to rename itself ‘University of Galway’ in a bid to emphasise its status as a university to an international audience.Photograph: iStock

It was formerly known as Queen’s College Galway and University College Galway. Now, NUI Galway plans to change its name once again this summer. The u(...)

Conor Doherty: ‘I found Ireland very tough. Just buying a house and settling down, trying to eke out an existence isn’t easy in Ireland.’

The city of Nur-Sultan, which rises from the flat plains of Kazakhstan and boasts flashy buildings and aspirational architecture, is home for Irish ma(...)

It was the summer of 1981 and three months earlier I had left behind my cosmopolitan life in the big shmoke for an offshore world where the poetry of a peasant past was still palpable. Photograph: iStock

Jumping on to the back of a Yamaha 50 when you are nine months pregnant and in labour wasn’t the ideal form of transport. It was back in the day, thou(...)

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