Nicole Dickerson, a sixth-year boarding student at St Columba’s in Dublin. “There is a great support system here because we are surrounded by friends,” she says. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Not so long ago, things were looking bleak for boarding schools: student numbers were falling, Government funding for private education was being cut (...)

Cistercian College has among its alumni former taoiseach Brian Cowen and his brother Barry Cowen TD. Photograph: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Cistercian College in Roscrea is to remain open against the odds after the trustees of the historic boarding school voted in favour of a rescue packag(...)

Cistercian College is just one of two remaining boys’ boarding-only schools in the country. Photograph: Courtesy of Wikipedia

One of Ireland’s best known boarding schools, Cistercian College Roscrea, is set to close after 112 years due to a significant fall off in student num(...)

Overall BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2017 Shane Curran from Terenure College. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The following projects at the 2016 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition have been described as highly commended. Biological and Ecological J(...)

Debating and music are popular but the school is best known for rugby.

Vital stats: All boys, fee-paying, Catholic. Number of Students: 175. Website: www.ccr.ie. Cistercian College, in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, saw admis(...)

Roscrea’s Alan Tynan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cistercian Roscrea 22 Kilkenny College 6 Reigning champions Cistercian Roscrea could call upon seven of the team that claimed the historic victory (...)

Leinster’s frontrow forward Peter Dooley in action against Scarlets last October in the Guinness Pro12. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Peter Dooley’s rugby career has been shaped, literally and figuratively, by a number of individuals including Seá n O’Brien, Gerry Murphy, Daniel Dav(...)

Conor Gallagher, who got nine A1s in the Leaving Cert, with classmates at St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, which is sixth in table. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fee-paying schools continue to dominate the tables showing how many students progressed to high-points courses in college. What we have designated a(...)

The ongoing debate centred on the divesting of Catholic schools has received – and for good reason will continue to receive – significant attention. (...)

Now, I’m on the record as saying that I have a serious thing for Miriam. I’m standing there, grinning at her like a lovesick dope, to the point where I think nothing of it when someone clips something to the belt of my chinos and asks me to run a microphone wire up the back of my shirt.

‘The bloody nerve of these people,” the old man goes, pacing the floor of the RTÉ green room. “They can’t call themselves New Republic, because we’(...)

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