Alexandra College Milltown, Co Dublin, charges  €7,534 per year in day fees. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Not so long ago many private schools were struggling to retain pupils and contemplating entering the “free” secondary school scheme. How times have c(...)

Bishop Henry Richmond:  January 1936–March  2017

Bishop Henry Richmond, who has died in his 82nd year, was a retired Church of England bishop and Fermanagh Orangeman, an adviser to the Lesbian and Ga(...)

Kevin Donoghue would add philosophy as a Leaving Cert option: “Everyone should study it for a while. It really encourages you to reflect on your own thoughts and beliefs.”  Photograph: Andres Poveda

What is your most vivid Leaving Cert memory? I was in one of the study rooms with a few friends when a teacher came in to say English paper two had be(...)

Molly Fitzmaurice in Amsterdam

Our third-level system is creaking from a lack of funding. The points race is cranking up again and the cost of living is on the rise. Is it any wond(...)

From left: the Very Rev Arfon Williams, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mary McAleese, Martin McAleese, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, at  WB Yeats’s grave. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In the tiny church of Drumcliffe under bare Ben Bulben’s head, tributes were paid to many lives lost in conflict as Prince Charles and the Duchess of (...)