Behind Christmas and Craciun and Noël and Nollaig, there is that universal experience of trying to get a baby to sleep

Here is a Christmas story for contemporary Ireland, courtesy of Déirdre Kirwan, who was for a long time principal of Scoil Bhríde primary school in Bl(...)

Kids who are comfortably polylingual are much more at ease with Irish than those who live in a monolingual English world. Photograph: iStock

At home, the children speak 51 different languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, Benin French, Bosnian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Dari, Estonian, Far(...)

Somali speaker Iftina Abdule with her daughters Isra (3) and Ishraq (15 months) in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bonjour, kedu, xin chào . . . more than one in 10 people in Ireland speak a language other than Irish or English at home, with the diversity of lan(...)