Éamon de Valera in 1948: JJ Lee’s analysis of the political state-builders, including William T Cosgrave, de Valera and Seán Lemass, was multilayered and nuanced. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty

When introducing his short history, Ireland in the Twentieth Century, published in 1975, historian John A Murphy noted that “in the absence of both pe(...)

‘There is something new in our day – the way we can express invented identities without the requirement to stand by them.’ Photograph: Photothek/Getty Images

Cappuccino-sipping, Irish Times-reading liberals like to think they’re above the sort of mental foibles of Donald Trump and the Brexit bunch. But dodg(...)

Animals that pass the mirror test have large brains relative to body size and have higher levels of empathy and social awareness. You might wonder about ants passing the test, but the brains of some ant species constitutes 15 per cent of body mass

The mirror test, developed in 1970 by evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup, State University of New York, is used to test whether or not an animal (...)

Our collective attention span is narrowing, and this effect goes beyond social media as it can be seen across diverse domains including books, web searches, and movies. Photograph: iStock

Scientists have measured for the first time the extent to which the effects of social media and a hectic news cycle have undermined the attention span(...)

Cork-based researchers offer a useful insight into the potential value for some women, and their families, of choosing to continue their pregnancies despite a prenatal lethal diagnosis of conditions like anencephaly.

In Ireland, prenatal diagnosis now enables pregnant women getting news about a disabling condition (likely to lead to death before or shortly after bi(...)

Projects from the life and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences were awarded funding. Photograph: Getty Images

Ground-breaking basic research in the Republic is to benefit from €12 million in State funding with 12 leading researchers each benefiting from €1 mil(...)

David Cronin, newly appointed as president and chief executive of the Ireland Funds America.

The Ireland Funds America has appointed David Cronin as its new president and chief executive. He takes over a role that was held until recently by Ki(...)

 (L/R) Áine Kenny of NUIG,  Aaron Bowman and Muireann O’Shea of UCD, Dylan O’Neill also of UCD  and Niamh Lynch TCD were among the   finalists for this years student media awards. Photograph:James Forde

NUI Galway publication Sin was awarded college newspaper of the year at the National Student Media Awards on Thursday night. The bi-weekly publicati(...)

Dearbháil Kent: ’Everyone wants a Trinder post to be about them, but why?’

It’s a Tuesday morning. As I enter the arts block with an impending hangover that will probably send me reeling later, I pause to do what every other (...)

Claire Curtin is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry and now lives in Cardiff with her husband Simon Stokes and daughter Saoirse Stokes, who is 11 months old. She is a consultant in Special Care Dentistry

Working Abroad Q&A: Claire Curtin who is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry and who lives in Cardiff with her husband and daughter where she works a(...)

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