Ger O’Donovan, principal of St Mary’s on the Hill national school, Knocknaheeny, Cork City. A major barrier facing Deis schools, he says, is their reliance on over-stretched public services for assessments. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s a short distance from Knocknaheeny on Cork’s northside to the gates of University College Cork. But it’s a route that crosses some of the deepest(...)

Ruka Adeluola: after coming to Ireland alone from Nigeria when she was 12, she is studying biotechnology at DCU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Emma Lockwood was growing up in Dublin’s north inner city, she could see two versions of her future mapped out in front of her: have a baby or do(...)

Aisling Byrne, domestic abuse survivor, features in Tabú, Ag Teacht Slán: ““Even with the safety order in place, what she calls the psychological torture continued. “I would wake up and he’d be standing over me.”

“He was a true gentleman. A really lovely guy. He couldn’t do enough for me. And then, the second night of our honeymoon, the abuse started.” Priscil(...)

Gary Gannon: “When students from disadvantaged backgrounds go to Trinity or other universities, we often feel like we don’t fit in.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Adjusting to college can be tough and not all students will make it past their first year. Research from the Higher Education Authority suggests that (...)

Connemara Maths Academy, in Delphi Resort on the Wild Atlantic Way, attract children from all over the world.
Summer of science

Summer is coming and, with it, parents will scramble to find ways to keep the kids busy. Increasingly, parents don’t just want the children out of the(...)

In 2014, Trinity introduced an alternate admissions route for some courses which measure applicants’ performances compared to others in their school. The aim was to attract creative students whose potential was not being measured by traditional exams. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Students who have secured places at Trinity College Dublin through a new admissions route not based solely on CAO points have lower drop-out rates tha(...)

Trinity graduates   Shane O’Connell, Carol Deans and Mansur Alam. It was “tough, tough – boot camp for the brain”, but “definitely worth it”, says Ms Deans. Photograph:  Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Among 38 graduates from the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) in Dublin on Friday was a Burmese refugee and an inner-city grandmother. TAP encourages pe(...)

Dancing queens: Two young women enjoy themselves at the annual Trinity Ball in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ronaldo Lukason University College Dublin Students’ Union promotions officer Three things I like about UCD and the city it is in: 1 Student life – (...)

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(...)

From left, at the launch of the Bookmarks exhibition in Trinity’s Long Room were Erik Paul and Clayton Fagan of Drimnagh Castle; Sarah-Ann Mitchell and Caithlain Hanlon of Scoil Cholmcille, Ballybrack; Ryan Loehmann and Finn Wallace of Scoil Eoin, Kilbarrack. Photograph: Paul Sharp/SharpPix

Finn Wallace has just done what many people talk about but never get around to doing: he has finished writing his first book. The Adventures of Jac(...)

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