Synaesthesia is a harmless neurological condition which affects between one and 4 per cent of the population. The most common form is where letters, numbers, weeks and months appear as colours.

Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov experienced colour with each sound, painter Wassily Kandinsky heard music with a splash of paint. Both had synaesthesi(...)

Chris Grant in A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe.  Photograph: Loretta Hurson

It’s a typical summer day in Belfast; leaden skies, thick cloud, heavy drizzle. But when we meet in CS Lewis Square on the city’s revitalised east sid(...)

The Rock of Cashel: a potential ‘dark tourism’ site as, according to O’Brien, 600 people were massacred there in 1647

Ireland has numerous “dark tourism” sites which should be promoted by Fáilte Ireland in the same way as the Wild Atlantic Way or Ireland’s Hidden Hear(...)

Tom Markham, head of strategic business development at Sports Interactive

As a kid, Tom Markham drove his parents crazy by constantly playing football video games. But their son would eventually turn his obsession with footb(...)

St Nicholas of Myra, said to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, as visualised after facial reconstruction by scientists in Liverpool

At last, it can be revealed what Santa Claus really looks like. Away with your Victorian or Coca Cola images. This is the real, real thing, as establi(...)

A task force led by Prof Jane Grimson, former vice-provost of Trinity College Dublin, was set up by the university early last year, after a landmark Equality Tribunal case was won by botanist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.

A proposal to introduce mandatory gender quotas at NUI Galway (NUIG) will not resolve an “underlying problem” of institutional discrimination at the u(...)

WEST TYRONE CANDIDATES: Michaela Boyle (Sinn Féin); Allan Bresland (DUP); Barry Brown (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol); Thomas Buchanan (DUP); Josephine Anne Deehan (Ind); Stephen Donnelly (Alliance Party); Corey French (Ind); Ross Hussey (UUP); Patsy Kelly (Ind); Roger Lomas (Conservatives); Declan McAleer (Sinn Féin); Laura McAnea (Animal Welfare Party); Sorcha McAnespy (Ind); Ciaran McClean (Green Party); Daniel McCrossan (SDLP); Grace McDermott (Sinn Féin); Barry McElduff (Sinn Féin); Susan-Anne White (Ind).

It’s all over in West Tyrone. Three Sinn Féin MLAs have been elected: Barry McElduff, Michaela Boyle and Declan McAleer. After a very long day of cou(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including West Tyrone – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

What is it about the SDLP and West Tyrone? When it comes to Assembly elections in this constituency it seems the party either opts for the self-destr(...)

Prof Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: equality and diversity appointment made after it was found she had been discriminated against in being passed over for promotion by NUIG. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway (NUIG) has appointed a vice-president for equality and diversity, saying it is the first appointment of its kind in an Irish university. P(...)

Storm-force winds along the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin. File  photograph: Frank Miller

Summers in Ireland used to be better, with all-day sunshine and never a drop of rain, right? Wrong. A major international weather study going back 142(...)

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