Blackrock College was among those schools who resisted the plans to abolish the so-called “old school tie” provision. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Ombudsman for Children has said there is “no justifiable reason” to allow schools to give children of past pupils priority in their enrolment. At(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to bring an Amendment to school admissions legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is bracing itself for potential legal challenges for plans to remove the “baptism barrier” in school entry which are due to be publishe(...)

Former INM majority shareholder  Tony O’Reilly and pupils from Belvedere College choir at an event held in his honour at the Old Belvedere Rugby Club on Saturday. Photograph: Conor Pope

“You win and you lose, and if you don’t know how to lose you don’t know how to live,” said Tony O’Reilly in an address to friends and former team-mate(...)

Kevin Barry was hanged on November 1st, 1920, aged 18 in an act that inflamed Irish public opinion

A newly discovered letter written by Kevin Barry on the eve of his execution in 1920 has come to light and will be sold at auction next month. Sheppar(...)

 The Connacht side of the  Shannon outside Athlone. Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ evocation of the river within a green love heart is  an especially clever idea

We have given enough stick to the State’s tourism policymakers on these pages over the last two years for their terrible neglect of the midlands. So i(...)

Belvedere’s David Hawkshaw is tackled by Tom Monaghan of Clongowes in last year’s Bank of Ireland Leinster Senior Cup semi-final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Belvedere College v Blackrock College, Friday, RDS, 2pm (Eir Sport) It’s a reprise of last year’s final, which Belvedere College won 10-3, with a sma(...)

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

Belvedere College 23 Newbridge College 7 Holders Belvedere eventually wore down Newbridge in their Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Donny(...)

If Ireland complete the Six Nations Grand Slam this year Rory Best will have the third best success rate as captain. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If Ireland go on to complete the job this season, an umbilical link between the most successful captains in the history of Irish rugby and the Six Nat(...)

A pedestrian drops money in a collection bucket at College Green Dublin, where pupils and past pupils from Belvedere College Dublin were holding their annual Christmas sleep-out in aid of the homeless. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Belvedere College’s annual sleep-out has raised almost €200,000 for three homeless charities. SleepOut17 took place on December 22nd, 23rd and 24th (...)

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