From left, 3rd-year students Eoin Lait, Jed Grzechowiak, Daniel Hayes, Aoife O’Dowd, Billy Murphy, Kayleigh Redmond Tomkins and Conor Read. Photograph: Mary Browne

At 8.30 am, around 1,600 masked students arrive at Gorey Community School, the largest school in the country. At each entrance they receive hand sanit(...)

Name: Amy Cahill Age: 17 School: Gorey Community School, Gorey, Co Wexford A mean fish called Cancer Amy Cahill I heard my mammy cry(...)

Amy Cahill: ‘Sometimes teachers jump to criticise something written by a student, instead of appreciating it.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw, for The Irish Times

When Amy Cahill’s powerful and painful story My Mammy Lives in a Box was published in The Irish Times, “I had messages from people on Facebook, sendin(...)

Connacht’s Paul Boyle in action against  Southern Kings. “He carries hard, he tackles hard, he knows his role and he knows where he’s meant to be,” says coach Andy Friend.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Boyle has never shirked a challenge or cowed in the face of adversity on a rugby pitch. So, when a contract didn’t materialise at Leinster as he (...)

Gorey, Co Wexford. Its affordability and proximity to Dublin is seeing its popularity increase. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A 90-minute off-peak drive from Dublin, for many Gorey is a commuter town. And as property prices continue their upward hike, and the need for new bui(...)

A mixed picture of education standards in Ireland’s schools emerges in revised school inspection reports which measure the quality of schools on a sli(...)

Blush silver double-clove neckband, €105

For her many fans who associate jeweller Bláithín Ennis with dark, black mesh and crystal neckpieces and earrings, her new collection, Blush, comes as(...)

“What really pulled me back was the persistence of my family and friends.”  Kenneth Browne presents at a first year orientation in the Helix, DCU, last September

It’s almost five years since I sat my Leaving Cert and failed to get a single option on my CAO form. I thought my story might be insightful and som(...)

‘There were no surprises in terms of the language or vocabulary, and it was all very doable,’ said German teacher Patrick Kavanagh

Straightforward and standard but perhaps a little dry: that was the verdict of Patrick Kavanagh, Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland subject rep(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.  Photograph: Frank Miller

A “penniless” schoolteacher priest, who was cleared by his school board of allegations of sexually abusing a student, has been granted leave by the Hi(...)

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