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James McGovern, a recently retired teacher who led his school to win a record haul of awards for public speaking competitions. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Secrets of school debating success

As a young teacher in CBS Enniscorthy in the mid-1980s, I took over the coaching of the public speaking and debating teams as an extracurricular activ(...)

How do you defend a simple symbol of your past against time and technology? Can you take the most basic of motoring vehicles and make it relevant for (...)

Children of Lir Kimono, Éadach.

Northern Irish design is steeped in the history of its once lucrative linen industry. The mills may be closed but the creativity is far from quenched.(...)

Adirondack chairs in summer tones.  Photograph: Getty

Make your own Adirondack chair There’s something about the Adirondack chair that shouts summer: its sloping slat back and armrests wide enough to tak(...)

Hina Khan, an artist from Pakistan, who moved to Ireland with her family in 2015, at home in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/ Provision

In June 2018 Hina Khan spent a month living in a fire station. The Pakistani artist had been in Ireland three years when she was given the opportunity(...)

Summer fruit pavlova nests. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

1. To make the pavlova nests: Preheat an oven to 100 degrees. Line one large baking sheet with non-stick parchment paper, outlining six circles (about(...)

Your job is to get a job, so work at it every day. Photograph: iStock

First, the good news: the jobs market is strong and there are tens of thousands of employers looking for the right candidate. Now, the bad news: empl(...)

A measure of success at trade shows is not just how many visitors come to your booth, but how many come back a second or third time, and bring their colleagues.

What is the best way to get noticed? Spring is a prime time for trade conferences. Among many others, Mobile World Congress has just been held in Bar(...)

Most pollination in Ireland is carried out by bees as they feed their young exclusively on pollen

Bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies are in trouble, but making gardens “pollinator friendly” helps boost their numbers. Every garde(...)

The number of days with heavy rainfall and the number of extreme flooding events has risen in the past decade. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff

Local authorities in Dublin have jointly unveiled extensive climate action plans, which include a move to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 20(...)

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