Alannah Bradley; Lorna Barron; Denise Dowds and Marie Barr, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photograph : Julian Behal

Twenty “inspirational” teachers from across Ireland have been shortlisted for a new initiative aimed at recognising the contribution of the teaching p(...)

Harold’s Cross has become a small, nicely textured oasis just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

What’s so good about it? Once upon a time, Harold’s Cross, for all its rich history, was the sleepy neighbourhood you went through to get to buzzy Ra(...)

Kelly quads Charlie, James, Luke and Tom on their first day of school at St Coleman’s NS, Cappagh. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon.

Not one but two sets of quadruplets have started primary school in two different counties this week. It was all hands on deck in the Kelly house in C(...)

Teacher Christine Kelly, with Julia Fay in junior infants on her first day at school in Belmayne Educate Together National School, Belmayne, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Five-year-old Ben Collins is laughing, joking and karate-kicking his way into class on his first day of big school. His mother Leah, on the other han(...)

Bawnboy village and the surrounding area has a population of around 250 people. Photograph: Support Bawnboy/Facebook

A community in Co Cavan has started a campaign calling on families to move there in a bid to stop the local primary school from losing a teacher. St(...)

Manor Street, Stoneybatter: new restaurants, food trucks and artisanal gift shops sit alongside drapers and family-run stores that have been in operation for decades. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Famously dubbed ‘Williamsburg on the Liffey’ by the Guardian newspaper, the ’Batter is, like many city-centre neighbourhoods, a clash of old and new. (...)

Equally eruptive: Davy FitzGerald and Michael O’Brien

“Basically, what I like about it is just the noise,” says Michael O’Brien of his passion for GAA. He gives us an immediate example: “G’wan!” he shouts(...)

Sixth-year students at Muckross Park College on their last day of school alongside nuns from the Dominican convent

Some 120 years after they established one of the best known girls’ schools in the capital, the last remaining Dominican nuns have left the Muckross Pa(...)

All six pupils at Cloghans Hill National School – ranging in age from eight to 11 – alongside school secretary Ann Shally

Iseult Mangan, principal of Cloghans Hill National School, Co Mayo, does not need to do a roll call each morning. Instead, she simply has to look down(...)

 Laura Ryan of St Brigid’s National School, Coon, Co Kilkenny was the overall national winner of the competition. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“Fun, funky and colourful” are not words generally ascribed to the Easter Rising but they were foremost in the mind of Síle Tavery from the Scoil Mhui(...)

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