Pupils from Scoil Úna Naofa in Crumlin preparing for their performance in the National Youth Orchestra festival. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

There was no money in our house for music lessons when I was a kid. Yes, I know, get your tiny violins out and play a symphony for me. I do seem to r(...)

Katherine Zappone and Anne Louise Gilligan  at City Hall in Dublin on their wedding day in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said it is an “honour” to donate the dresses she and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan wore on their we(...)

Michael O’Carroll, Paul Conway and Ciaran O’Connor examine the ongoing works on the roof of Leinster House. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Democracy is always an unfinished business. Sometimes, even, it is under repair, as happens this month as Leinster House readies to mark the 100th ann(...)

Dr Andrew Halpin of the National Museum. Photograph: YouTube.

The National Museum of Ireland appears to have accepted it did not apply proper procedures when it suspended one of its assistant keepers over complai(...)

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage at Leinster House in January 2018 were (back row, from left): Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, Alice Mary Higgins, Catherine Martin, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ivana Bacik, Denis O’Donovan, Cathaoirleach, and Senator Gabrielle McFadden; (front row, from left): Meg O’Brien, Megan O’Malley and Evelyn O’Keeffe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This year marks the centenary of the passing of the 1918 Act which provided Irish women with the right to vote for the first time. Legislation passed (...)

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Cocktail cool There’s a foolproof way to hold your drink in style this Christmas: get yourself a bespoke bar cabinet from William Garvey furniture Ma(...)

 William Gregory and Stephen Murphy, two of the people who found the boat in the River Boyne. In the background is the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Suspension Bridge

The remains of a 5,000-year-old logboat have been discovered in the River Boyne near Newgrange. The discovery close to the Brú Na Bóinne World Herita(...)

Galway Traveller Movement members Anne Ward and Annie McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Do people have positive experiences of Traveller culture? Why has an 18-year-old promise to update hate crime legislation not been updated? And should(...)

The group from Donegal, who discovered the gold hoard at Tullydonnell Lower, near Convoy, at  the official opening of the Tullydonnell  exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

It has lain in the earth of a Co Donegal field for 3,000 years, but on Wednesday night one of the heaviest hoards of gold ever discovered in Ireland w(...)

The late Mary Mulvihill  often chose to feature scientists who themselves showed passion and love for their work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Applications for the 2019 Mary Mulvihill Science Journalism Award 2019 for students, themed “science for the love of it”, are now open. This is the t(...)

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