Since Covid-19 school closures, we fully realise what levels of patience, persistence and personal attention goes into the role of educator. Photograph: iStock

Homeschooling has given us all a new appreciation of teachers – with both parents and pupils missing the múinteoirs. Since Covid-19 school closures, (...)

Medieval owners  of books often took out insurance in the form of admonitions or even curses, appended to  the books and threatening retribution on thieves

That story about the Tralee library book returned after 67 years reminds me of another loan of similar vintage, but involving a more celebrated borrow(...)

It was the year before the Great War, so named because it was vast in its upheaval; it marked the death of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and redrew the (...)