Leo Varadkar said investing in leading-edge scientific and technological research was good for the Irish economy and would deliver ‘innovations which can improve our quality of life’. Photograph: Collins

The setting up of four new world-class Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres, backed by €114 million in Government and Irish industry fund(...)

Athlone:  unfairly portrayed as  “a place to pass through”, says the group behind the bid

Athlone’s push to be designated a regional city under the State’s new spatial plan includes a proposal for the marketing of Athlone as a hub for life (...)

Children from around the country compete in table tennis at the Aldi Community Games Festivals. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The table quiz final at the Community Games is barely two rounds old and already the fat lady has started to clear her throat within earshot of the te(...)

‘Some people have a skeleton that holds up their body but I need a body that holds up my skeleton,’ says Joe O’Brien. Photograph: Eric Molloy

Multiple myeloma is a low-key kind of cancer. In fact, you probably haven’t even heard of it, but it’s the second most common blood cancer in Ireland (...)

The new research centres involve strong collaborative partnerships between research bodies  with funded researchers participating from institutionslike Trinity College. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is to invest €72 million in four new world class research centres which will address a range of areas including smart(...)

Ireland is experiencing a shortage of qualified graduates in key disciplines. Photograph: iStock

Ireland can respond to the uncertainty created by the changing international economic environment by pursuing a “skills incentivisation strategy” that(...)

Dr Coy’s 12 solid chocolate eggs

Guilt-free(ish) eggs An egg a day keeps the doctor away . . . unless your egg of choice this Easter is from Dr Coy’s Health Foods. The family-run bus(...)

Aiming high: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with Seán McHugh (11) and Jamie Smyth(11), from Scoil Chiaráin CBS, at the Healthy Clubs launch in Donnycarney, Dublin. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

The GAA is often seen as the cornerstone of Irish life, with communities all over the country coming together in the name of sport. Children start the(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Simon Taylor, chief executive of the National Concert Hall, Dublin. “For Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, we’re going to put a musician in a room and get people to come in, one or two at a time and listen to one piece.”

NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Dublin, March Simon Taylor, chief executive, National Concert Hall How are your preparations going? Some of the smaller-scale ev(...)

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