Coffee could have life-prolonging benefits, according to two studies. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and liver disease and a host of other ailments, new research suggests. The findi(...)

Trinity College Library: TCD welcomed its higher ranking which placed it in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s top universities are climbing back up international rankings following a decade of cutbacks which meant many of them tumbled down influentia(...)

Britain’s Prince Philip has shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken comments.  File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who has announced he will retire from royal duties in the Autumn, has perhaps been best known for h(...)

Every time I order a scone these days, I find myself having to do a phonetic double-think. This is because I grew up in a part of Ireland that pronoun(...)

 Wax worm caterpillars seen eating a piece of plastic. They normally thrive on beeswax. Photograph: CSIC Communications Department/PA Wire

Moth larvae could potentially revolutionise how the world disposes of plastic waste after an accidental discovery by a scientist and amateur beekeeper(...)

Chocolate contains flavonoids, substances known to have anti-inflammatory effects and whose anti-oxidant properties help mop up disease-causing agents in the body. Photograph: iStock

Hello fellow chocoholics! Are you in good form after enjoying an Easter egg over the weekend? Just in case any of you are feeling that useless emotion(...)

Poet and author Sylvia Plath: letters shed light on trubulent period in her life with Ted Hughes. Photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal(...)

Alice Lowe in Prevenge: “There will be posters of me on buses soon.  People will be saying: there’s the killer lady”

Alice Lowe is in Cardiff with a hitherto unseen star of her directorial debut Prevenge. Her newborn baby gurgles happily throughout our interview. No(...)

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin will chair  inquiry into the RHI scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin is to chair a public inquiry into the so-called “cash for ash” scheme. Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Máirtí(...)

Prof Ronan Fanning: Had a low tolerance for mediocrity. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death of Ronan Fanning, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, professor emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin and former presiden(...)

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