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The head of Ireland’s largest faculty of education has said schools will need to place a greater focus on the emotional health of children when they eventually reopen. Photograph: iStock

School closures have resulted in a sharp drop in demand for therapy and support from children with anxiety and mental health problems, according to pr(...)

Above, Fr Paddy Stanley saying Mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have invited people to take part in prayers throughout the island on Palm Sunday, 3pm-4pm. They have also paid (...)

File photograph: iStock

Catholic priests are coming under continuing pressure to hold funeral Masses, particularly in rural Ireland, despite Government restrictions due to co(...)

Team winner Hugh Guidera from TCD Phil during the Irish Times Debate Final in 2015 held at Maynooth University. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

1960 “That this house regrets the divergence of the sciences from the humanities in the modern university.” Team winner: Charles Lysaght and Aidan B(...)

File photo: Former Christian Brother Edward Bryan. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

A former Christian Brother has been jailed for 12 months for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at the North Monastery secondary school in Cork aft(...)

Eoin Fitzpatrick, principal of Bunscoil Chríost Rí in Cork: movement breaks are vital for school children. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Sit still – it’s the mantra of most classrooms, but not at primary principal Eoin Fitzpatrick’s school in Cork. In between lessons the pupils close t(...)

Adolescents who spend too much time sitting still are at a higher risk of depression, according to a new study. Photograph: iStock

Adolescents who spend too much time sitting still are at a higher risk of depression, according to a new study. The research, published in the Lancet(...)

‘Smiling depression  provides a term that people can relate to.’ File image: Getty Images

Over the festive period, I came across the term “smiling depression” for the first time. A woman used it to describe the depression experienced by her(...)

Cannabis users congregate at Trinity Bellwoods Park for a 'smoke out' on October 17th, 2018, in Toronto, after the legalisation of the drug. Photograph: Ian Willms/Getty Images

During a trip to Canada earlier this year, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Having enacted the Cannabis Act in October 2018, which legalised cannab(...)

Denying the links between cannabis and mental illness is like arguing the earth is flat, one of the country’s leading psychiatrists, Dr Brendan Kelly, has suggested.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic.

Denying the links between cannabis and mental illness is like arguing the earth is flat, one of the country’s leading psychiatrists has suggested. D(...)

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