A terrace complete with homage to manager Stephen Kenny at Oriel Park.  Photograph: Eric Luke

There are many stories about how bad the bad old days got at Dundalk FC. Some are probably apocryphal, but all are plausible. What is certainly true(...)

“We need to teach children to programme their brains to self-regulate when faced with stressful situations”

Do you do something every day to look after your mental health? Do you often talk to your children about how they can best manage their thoughts and e(...)

Donald Trump during a campaign event: the reluctance of American journalists to  confront his lies with facts is staggering.  Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

It’s strange to think that there are kids studying for their Junior Certificate now who were born after the Twin Towers were attacked. Fifteen years i(...)

James Kirwan, from Donabate, Co Dublin, is a volunteer with ReachOut. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

James Kirwan was in his Junior Certificate year when he began to withdraw from friends, staying in his bedroom and often unable to face school. “I kn(...)

Students take the philosophy exam, the first test session of the 2016 Baccalaureate at the Fustel de Coulanges high school in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photograph: Getty Images

As school final-year examination systems go, the Leaving Certificate has sustained a reasonably good international reputation over the years for high(...)

Mona McSharry: “You can’t rush breaststroke, you have to wait for the glide. You just have to go slow to swim fast.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It has been a hectic week for Mona McSharry. She was a bit behind with her Junior Cert art project which has to be submitted tomorrow so had to knuckl(...)

Teacher Noel Hogan: ‘Unless the Junior Cert dispute is resolved, I face being unemployed or victimised.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

I am 40. I have a one-year-old son, a mortgage and the responsibilities that go with running a home. I am also going to be unemployed in less than two(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education and Labour Party TD   Jan O’Sullivan arrives for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will not attend this year’s teachers’ conferences. A spokesman for the Labour Party Minister said(...)

There will be 19 painter/decorators, seven plasterers and 26 brick and stonelayers qualified in 2019. File photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Just seven people signed up last year for an apprenticeship to become a plasterer, official figures show. The number of apprenticeship places fell dr(...)

Shauna Keyes: ‘I am really quite hopeful for the future of the HSE and indeed, the maternity services.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

In 2013, the then minister for health, James Reilly, along with the minister for justice, Alan Shatter, developed the national open disclosure policy,(...)

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