Seven-year-old Laura Grant was among  500 hundred dancers, 1000 attendees and invited dignitaries at the Feis in the Park in Pearse Park, Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

Irish dancers and their teachers at the country’s first in-person competition since March 2020 have pleaded with the Government to examine the reopeni(...)

Can Pádraic Joyce be the alchemist? Can Galway win this unique, fireside winter All-Ireland? Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

The letters arrived all summer and into autumn. The abiding theme was the same. Can’t wait to see Galway back. “I remember one, in particular, from a(...)

Joseph Blowick: tapped into a sense of discontent with the political establishment

Coalition governments have been the norm in Irish politics for the past 30 years but for the previous almost 70 years, they were fairly rare; in fact,(...)

Pádraic Joyce on the sidelines at Pearse Stadium during the Allianz League game against Monaghan. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

It can often take time for any incoming manager to establish a voice and vision for how he wants his team to play. The new football season is only wee(...)

Kerry’s Dara Ó Cinnéide: “We had underachieved as minors. And that hurt us so badly.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the autumn of 1997, Dara Ó Cinnéide got a letter from a friend from Co Louth who he had studied alongside at the University of Limerick (UL). It wa(...)

Rian O’Neill scores a goal for Armagh in the victory over Monaghan at Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Echoes of the past in Castlebar this Saturday. The later rounds of the All-Ireland football qualifiers are no longer simply about staying afloat but c(...)

Since the start of 2019, numbers in custody on any given day have exceeded 4,000 regularly with  an increasing number of prisoners serving long sentences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Overcrowding is returning to the Irish prison system as the number of people being sentenced to terms of imprisonment by the courts increases and the (...)

Caron McCaffrey: previously worked for the Department of Justice in the press office and the Asylum Policy Division before taking up the role of Press and Programmes Manager in the IPS in 2006.

Caron McCaffrey, a career official, has been appointed Director General of the Irish Prison Service (IPS). She is the first woman to hold the post. M(...)

The visiting box in the new National Violence Reduction Unit in the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. The unit is due to open to prisioners next week Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Four prisoners with records of extreme violence and who are currently being moved around jails surrounded by riot shield barriers are being sent to a (...)

On Friday, in Mountjoy main prison, 227 prisoners were on a protection regime, meaning they are locked up for at least 19 hours a day. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over half of the prisoners in the country’s biggest prison, Mountjoy, are currently in protection regimes for their own safety due to gang violence. (...)

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