Prosper Player Stephen Dowdall leads performers from Prosper Fingal's service in Rush and students from St Joseph's Secondary School at a gala evening celebrating 40 years of Prosper Fingal in the Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Fintan Clarke

More than 30 people fill the rehearsal room – some holding song sheets, the set-list punctuated by laughter and chat. This is where the magic happens(...)

Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne at Gonzaga College in Dublin 6; and Deirdre McAdams in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw, Dave Meehan

Why do almost 90 per cent of students in Donnybrook go to college but just 16 per cent in Darndale? The reality in Ireland is that going to univers(...)