Brigid Aylward, paediatric nurse at the University Hospital Waterford: she converted to Islam after working in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Bara Alich Photography

Brigid Aylward from Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny became a Muslim in 2008 but it wasn’t until she started wearing the hijab two years later that she felt li(...)

Dr Róisín O’Shea at Waterford Institute of Technology: ‘Carlow is still many years away from being able to make the transition to technological university status.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

The long-running saga of Waterford Institute of Technology’s bid for university status has had a few problems of late. There were particular issues(...)

Fast forward: Colette Colfer

It was the beginning of July, and the heatwave had hit Ireland. Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, had crash-bang landed in the heart of it. Thoug(...)