Kieran and Joanne Fahey in South Bend, Indiana

Kieran and Joanne Fahey have been living in South Bend, Indiana for five years. They moved there from Ballsbridge in Dublin after Joanne accepted(...)

Richard Wakely, artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival

Richard Wakely does not express frustration often. If anything, the artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival (...)

George Best: produced an outstanding display to help Northern Ireland to a famous 2-2 draw in Rotterdam against a gifted Netherlands side. Photograph: Getty Images

You’ve got to love Danny Blanchflower. You have really got to love Danny Blanchflower. When it was all over, when the four goals had been scored and (...)

James McGovern, a recently retired teacher who led his school to win a record haul of awards for public speaking competitions. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Secrets of school debating success

As a young teacher in CBS Enniscorthy in the mid-1980s, I took over the coaching of the public speaking and debating teams as an extracurricular activ(...)

My, your majesty, what brown eyes one’s got

Will the “blue-eyed community” call for a boycott of The Crown? We learnt last week that the people behind that absurdly lavish soap opera have decide(...)

The problem of teachers pulling rank on each other directly results from any situation where equal parties are treated differently. Photograph: iStock

Mr O’Shea’s chair? How could that be? Don’t we spend enough time explaining to our students that no seat is “theirs” as there aren’t any names on them(...)

Director Spike Lee plays Mookie, a pizza deliveryman

What’s changed since, an implausible 30 years ago, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing was released to acclaim and controversy? “Not enough,” Spike would a(...)

Former Green Party leader Rev  Trevor Sargent: We have created “a market for long-distance commuter housing” with “unhealthy consequences”.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland “both church and State have baulked at confronting the idolisation of private property”, former Green Party leader Rev Trevor Sargent has s(...)

Timi Nicholson has reduced her family's plastic waste for the whole month to a single glass jar. Photograph: Laura Hutton

THE SHEER SCALE OF THE CHALLENGE MAY SEEM DAUNTING, BUT MORE AND MORE HOUSEHOLDS ARE REDUCING THEIR WASTE. IF WE ALL JOIN IN, THAT MAKES REAL CHANG(...)

 Tiger Woods is assisted by previous winner Patrick Reed as he dons the green jacket following his victory at the US Masters at Augusta National. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

The first time most of us saw Tiger Woods was in a Nike advert. ‘Hello World’ aired in 1996, when the 21-year-old had just turned pro after leaving co(...)

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