Reclining Rossmesiter. “Some of the character names,” Paul Howard couldn’t help but notice, “were not as funny as the real names of many of the competition entrants.”

I was overwhelmed by the response to the competition to create a character for the next Ross O’Carroll-Kelly book. There were hundreds of entries and (...)

“All you need is to be able to breathe”: Jay O’Mahony, Daragh McNally, Jack Foley, Mark Kenefick and Ryan Sharpe of Scoil Cholmcille, Blarney Street, Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

In recent years most of the emphasis in mental health education has been on teenagers and adults, with less focus on children. But now a teacher in a (...)

The house of Jimmy and Maura Campion in Roscrea. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Gardaí are continuing to investigate an aggravated burglary on the house of an elderly couple in Co Tipperary that left a 94-year-old man in hospital (...)

Prof Kevin Carroll: April 13th, 1926-December 8th, 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Obituary: Prof Kevin Carroll
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  • January 7, 2017, 05:40

Kevin Carroll, who was professor of optical physics at University College Dublin from 1978 until his retirement in 1990, has died aged 90. He was a (...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

Latifat Olagoke with her son Trevon at Lucan Library: “I try to bring him to the library, get him to do some history and spend a few hours on the computer, but he is getting frustrated.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Trevon Olagoke (13), from Lucan, Co Dublin, has not had a school place he can go to since June. He has a mild learning disability and needs a specia(...)

Dubliner Terence Kelly outside the Mosque in Clonskeagh in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Terence “Khalid” Kelly died last week after carrying out an Islamic State suicide bombing in Iraq, according to the jihadist group. In June, 2004, in(...)

Post-shoot, Ferdia has returned to school. But readjusting to civilian life hasn’t been easy: “You’ve worked equally with other adults and suddenly you’re just a kid again. I don’t want to come across as a diva but it’s hard being stuck in a uniform in a room again.  h

If you don’t recognise the name Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, you best start memorising it. The 16-year-old star of Sing Street has recently wowed audiences at(...)

Padraig Pearse (1879 - 1916), the Irish writer, educator and nationalist politician who joined the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood), directed the Easter Rising in April 1916 and became the first president of the Provisional Irish Republic. When he surrendered to the British in the same month, he was arrested, court-martialled and shot.

Ghosts On December 25th, 1915 (his last Christmas), Pádraig Pearse signed off a pamphlet entitled Ghosts, hardly Yuletide fare. Though he a(...)