Prof Helen Whelton believes Ireland’s hospitals need to be scaled up. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Helen Whelton believes in the power of research to improve people’s lives and boost the economy. So much so, in fact, that she argues research in(...)

Jonathan Drennan: ‘I always felt very lucky to have my own space, when so many of my school friends had to share with squabbling siblings.’

Last week we asked Irish Times Abroad readers to send us stories about their childhood bedrooms, and how they felt about returning to sleep in them ov(...)

Jonathan Drennan (left) in Sydney: ‘After nearly two years in this beautiful city, I feel settled and happily in a routine. I did stand-up comedy, sky dived, completed an Ironman triathlon and played senior Australian football.’

Loneliness provides no warning to an emigrant, but this doesn’t lessen its debilitating effects. In the world’s busiest cities, amidst the hustle and(...)

The swim leg during the Ironman European Championships.

I heard my mum’s voice at 4.30am: “It’s time Jonathan.” At this time in the morning your brain is rarely working at full capacity. I wondered if I ha(...)

A report found 70% of people contacting the Irish Cancer Society information services are women. Photograph: Thinkstock

Cancer information services need to engage better with men, older people and people with disabilities, according to a new report. In total, over 82,00(...)

John McCall (8th from R)  lines up for the national anthems before the IRB U-19 World Championship match between New Zealand and Ireland played at the ABSA Stadium March 27th, 2004 in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

*This article is part of an Irish Times Schools Rugby Supplement that will accompany the main paper on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014. Ten years ago, (...)

Former Derry player Joe Brolly, now a GAA pundit. “A lot of our boys play rugby as well, the thing is there’s no barriers when you play a sport at a young age. My own son plays rugby for Malone, there’s no issues and it’s very normal for him.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

To the southern mind it probably seems prehistoric and idiotic and that’s because it is. If a young child, devoid of bitterness and historical baggage(...)

Jonathan Drennan playing rugby for Hanwell RFC earlier this year. Photograph: Stephen Brooks / Stephen Brooks Photography

My name is Jonathan Drennan, I’m 27 and a few months ago, I came out of a reinforced mental closet that I’d been crouched in for quite a while. I made(...)

Ireland’s James McGee staying focused on Wimbledon.

Three days before the serious business of qualifying for Wimbledon for the first time in his career, Irish tennis number one James McGee is enjoying t(...)