Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was conferred with an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin on Friday. It was the first ceremony conducted(...)

Cardinal Newman, a convert to Catholicism from the Church of England, came to Ireland in 1851 at the invitation of then Catholic archbishop of Dublin Paul Cullen to be the rector of a new Catholic University, now UCD. Photograph: Getty Images

A former UCD registrar has described as “extraordinarily narrowminded” a decision by the university that it will not be officially represented at the (...)

Cardinal Henry Newman: his journey to Dublin began with an invitation in 1851 from Archbishop Cullen of Armagh, later archbishop of Dublin, to advise on the proposed establishment of a Catholic university.

On Friday, November 3rd, 1854, the Catholic University, under its rector John Henry Newman, opened its doors at 86 St Stephen’s Green in Dublin to rec(...)

Ireland has shown itself ready to celebrate Joyce and the opening of the new Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) at 86 St Stephen’s Green this week.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In January 1899, at 86 St Stephen’s Green, two student debaters from University College Dublin defeated a motion at the Literary and Historical Societ(...)

Constable Michael Downing, a long-forgotten casualty of the War of Independence, will be remembered in his native west Cork this weekend. Photograph: supplied by Fachtna O’Donovan

One of the first and long-forgotten casualties of the War of Independence will be remembered in his native west Cork this weekend when a commemoration(...)

A TCD Hist member speaking on the opposition side against the motion 'This House Would Vote for Mitt Romney to be the next President of the United States of America'. File photograph: Alan Betson

Much of what passes for debate nowadays is characterised by individuals with scant knowledge of what they are talking about, pouring forth ill-digeste(...)

The concluding semi final of The Irish Times Debate took place in UCD on Monday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Student competitors from Trinity College Dublin and the Solicitors Apprentices Debating Society of Ireland secured places in the final of The Irish Ti(...)

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager: “When you become big, you have a special responsibility not to use your muscle to deny others the chance to compete against you.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“I think if you bitch a little bit every day you will end up divorced.” This is how Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner,(...)

Student Cian Gleeson addresses the house at a Coláiste Iognáid debate. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It’s the era of intellectual tribalism, echo chambers and opinions driven by the Pavlovian response to social media “likes”. So how do you nurture ind(...)

Former leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society’s auditor has apologised for his decision to award its gold medal to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Mr(...)

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