'All I can smell is cigors and the strong after-hum of the six fingers of Hennessy XO that he had for breakfast.'

We meet in the main cor pork of UCD. The old man looks a complete state in his lucky Cole Haan camel hair coat and his ridiculous hat. He takes a deep(...)

When I show up, the old man is sitting there with Ronan, drinking what was presumably once a lorge brandy

The old man asks me to meet him in his usual Horseshoe Bor. He says he’s got something he wants me to see. When I show up, he’s sitting there with Ron(...)

Sir Paul Nurse speaking after being awarded the inaugural George Sigerson award for ‘inspiring aspiring’ scientists by UCD Biological Society. Photograph: Aoife O’Sullivan

It’s not every day you meet a Nobel prizewinner, and members of UCD Biological Society were clearly excited to have English geneticist and cell biolog(...)

Quorn, in common with other fake meats, is incontestably ultra-processed – this appeals less to those who prefer to base their meals on natural, minimally processed ingredients that they can easily recognise as food. Photograph: Getty Images

What exactly is Quorn? I have been asked that question regularly for more than 30 years. This may be a reflection of the general population’s scientif(...)

Rebecca Kelly, left, and Breda Kenny, both from Castlecomer Community School, Co Kilkenny,  at the Trinity College Open Day with a Lightening Ball which contains a mixture of gases that generate electromagnetic waves

University College Cork When is open day? The full schedule is available on ucc.ie/opendays. Life on campus For its 21,000 students, campus life(...)

University College Cork:  with 20,700 students and making teaching as much a priority as research, it has been named  Sunday Times University of the Year for the second successive year and the fifth time overall.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (TCD) When is its open day? December 10th, 9am-3.30pm Life on campus Trinity has cobbled squares, historic buildings and gre(...)

Explorer Ernest Shackleton seen in Antarctica in 1909. He made three expeditions to the Antarctic, but is best known for the ‘Endurance’ expedition of 1914-1916 when the ship became trapped in the ice and Shackleton and five colleagues made an epic journey to South Georgia to seek rescue. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland should “reclaim Ernest Shackleton as an Irish hero” by erecting a monument to him in the country of his birth, according the author of a new b(...)