Students from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál primary school, Carlow, playing traditional Irish music. Photograph: Alan Betson

At Réalt na Mara national school in Skerries, Irish isn’t just another subject on the curriculum. In this English-medium primary school, Irish is wove(...)

Non-religious teachers felt unprepared for the religious expectations they encountered in schools, research shows. Photograph: iStock

Non-religious teachers are hiding or suppressing their beliefs over fears it could affect their employment or promotion prospects in schools with a re(...)

 Páirc Tailteann:  a brilliant, atmospheric place to watch a football game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The last game I attended before Covid was two years ago almost to the day – March 1st, 2020. It was a Sunday morning, we had played a club game in no(...)

Mary Daly, chairperson of the board of management, and James Hogan, principal, at Scoil Naomh Colmcille, Durrow, Co Offaly where Ashling Murphy was a teacher. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The canal route in Co Offaly has been a haven for walkers and joggers during the pandemic, a popular trail for clearing the mind during the darkest da(...)

Róisín Upton, Limerick Mental Health Association ambassador and Ireland women’s hockey Olympian: ‘Lots of young people struggled during the Covid-19 lockdowns.’ Photograph: Sean Curtin

Thirty white roses will be placed on the River Shannon on Friday, October 8th, by Ireland women’s hockey Olympian Róisín Upton, singer Emma Langford a(...)

Eve Shields: ‘I had to go into my first year of NUI Galway extremely depressed, and living in homeless accommodation.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

As third-level students return to Irish campuses, it’s a time of hope, expectation and anticipation for most. But for hundreds of students leaving the(...)

Third level students (left to right): Iseult Bracken, Catherine Gallagher and Criodán Ó Murchú.

As third-level colleges plan for a blend of in-person and remote teaching from September, students across the country have expressed mixed views on th(...)

Limerick captain  Declan Hannon celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup at Croke Park. “I’m delighted for him because things weren’t always easy for him,” says Cregan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ten years ago it started, says Eamonn Cregan. “It was Shane Fitzgibbon’s idea. ‘Lifting the Treaty’ was intended to improve young players in an acade(...)

Mikie O’Shea learned to play the fiddle when he was growing up  in Nad, north Cork.

As a wandering Irishman, learning to play the fiddle gave Mikie O’Shea a key to unlock musical communities around the world. “It may seem like an Iri(...)

Research published today shows that 16 per cent of children under the age of 18 living in Gaeltacht areas speak Irish on a daily basis outside of school.

Just 23 per cent of families located in the Gaeltacht are raising their children with Irish, according to an in-depth study of Gaeltacht language plan(...)

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