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Baill de chór Phobal Aifreann Dhún Laoghaire lasmuigh d’Eaglais Naomh Mícheál. In éineacht leo tá Sophie McAteer (6) a deartháir Zachary (8) Mac Dara Ó Drisceoil (8) agus a dheartháir Tadhg (5). Grianghraf: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Foclóir: Beagnach - almost, glaoch - call, scothmhór - fair-sized, diomá - disappointment, Coiste Tréadach - Pastoral Committee, cór - choir, tráthria(...)

Team Ireland during the Special Olympic World Games 2019 opening ceremony in the Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Team Ireland got a taste of the big time on Thursday night when they participated in the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games in the U(...)

Jacqui Dwyer (left) and Louise Smyth at the community communion pop-up shop at Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In Dublin’s Ballymun, amid elaborate confections of chiffon, voile, silk and lace, little girls and their parents are this year able to say yes to the(...)

“We are not natural protesters. We are a church choir,” said the director of Pobal Aifreann Dhún Laoghaire. Photograph: iStock

A lay Irish-language Mass group sang hymns outside a Catholic diocesan event in Dublin on Thursday evening in protest at what they claim is their excl(...)

In 2013 the Irish Deaf Society held a protest outside Leinster House calling on the government to legally recognise Irish Sign Language. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A warning from the Irish Deaf Society that it will have to close next month, unless the State grants €300,000 in funding, has led to tensions in Gover(...)

The only explanation for schools who consistently seem to perform at over the 100 per cent participation rate in CAO college courses is that some of their students are being counted twice. Photograph: iStock

Falling numbers of students taking the Leaving Cert in certain schools affect perceived progression rates to college in an unexpected way. There are(...)

Lack of investment in mental health services is hitting the poorest households hardest,  report finds. Photograph: iStock

Two-thirds of people living in the most deprived areas of west Dublin are reporting mental health issues compared with just over half in less deprived(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Parents in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area of Dublin are paying up to €308 per week for one child in full-time day-care, new figures reveal. The Dublin s(...)

The biggest threat to sustainable growth of services would appear to be staff recruitment. Photograph Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Substantial growth in formalised, centre-based childcare is reflected in the latest profile report of the early-years sector, with a 9 per cent rise i(...)

Crime and discrimination was experienced by people from 22 ethnic backgrounds, according to the report. File photograph: Getty Images

There is a continuing steady rise in violent race crime reported by the public, a report on racist incidents and behaviour has found. It also identif(...)

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