William Wilde: Oscar’s father set about classifying the diseases of Ireland in 1851

In 1851 William Wilde, physician and father to Oscar Wilde, . He grouped them into categories: “zymotic, epidemic, endemic and contagious diseases”, (...)

Nikola Tesla (blurred at centre) performs an electrical experiment for writer Samuel Clemens (left), aka Mark Twain, and actor Joseph Jefferson in 1894

As well as being a gifted writer, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was fascinated with technology. When he was born in 1835, sailing was the usual means o(...)

Flooding in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson

Before I moved to Ireland I did not realise that there were so many different types of rain. I had experienced heavier rain and lighter rain but not (...)

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During December we will post more packages, make more phone calls, send more text messages and possibly even meet more people face to face than in an(...)

Trinity College Dublin

When students who got college offers from the CAO this morning chose their Leaving Cert subjects and levels in early 2013, and made their final cou(...)

Rowan Gillespie’s Famine statues on Custom House Quay in Dublin. Photograph: John Crowley

Have you dug your potatoes yet? As I write this I am packing for my holiday and wondering if blight will strike the potato plants in our absence. W(...)

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Last month National Geographic published an article about dolphin intelligence called “It’s time for a conversation”. The article highlighted resea(...)

Portrait of Charles Cameron, circa 1892

In 1920, after nearly six decades of service to the public health of Dublin, Dr Charles Cameron declared his intention to “die in harness”. This he(...)

Additional payments to retiring school teachers are responsible for close to a quarter of the €103 million over-run in education budget, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan revealed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Additional lump sum payments to retiring school teachers are responsible for close to a quarter of the €103 million overrun in the education budget th(...)

Builders JJ Rhatigan & Co have begun legal proceedings against the Unite trade union arising out of a dispute with blocklayers who worked on const(...)

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