Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh: “What defines a university is the quality of its students, the quality of its staff and the quality of the student experience. Some rankings measure those and some don’t.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in th(...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

Zealandia is a step closer to being recognised as a continent, the authors of a new scientific paper claim.  File photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

Zealandia - a land mass submerged in the southwest Pacific - is a step closer to being recognised as a continent, the authors of a new scientific pape(...)