Kevin McNamara: his arrival in the Commons following a byelection came just before the outbreak of the Troubles and for the bulk of his career it was a major focus of his concern. Photograph: PA

Former British Labour Party MP Kevin McNamara, who has died aged 82,probably did more during his long political career than any other British politici(...)

Rugby player, marketing consultant and radio presenter Kieran Rigney

Kieran Rigney, a former marketing consultant, swapped Blackrock, Co Dublin for Australia in 1986. He is a presenter on Celtic FM, a twice weekly show (...)

Nicola Collins was found dead in Cork in the early hours of Monday. Photograph: Provision

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Nicola Collins. The 38-year-old mother of three from Clashduv Road, Togher in Cork was foun(...)

There are plenty of opportunities for young students who did not get their course offer of choice. Photograph: Getty Images

This morning brings a level of certainty to many college applicants who were considering the CAO process as one of their options to progress their ed(...)

Irish Times’ exam diarists Calvin Choy, Aoife O’Neill and Roland Kamepko examine their Leaving Certificate results at Nano Nagle Community College, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

How was your summer? For most of the class of 2016 at Nagle Community College in Cork, it involved a little bit of partying and quite a lot of waiting(...)

High points are required to study occupational therapy, a rewarding and challenging career

Vera McGrath is an Occupational Therapist. She repeated the Leaving Certificate in 2008 at St Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. I am the you(...)

Irish Times exam diarists Calvin Choy, Aoife O’Neill and Roland Kamekpo examine their Leaving Cert results at Nano Nagle Community College, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The summer might have flown by for most of us, but for the students of Nagle Community College’s class of 2016, it has dragged on. It has been two m(...)

What is your most vivid Leaving Cert memory? I still remember finishing the last exam and the sense of relief. It was a glorious June day. I told a n(...)

What a relief. The exam hall began to empty out more than half an hour before the end of maths paper one. Everything we had gone over – complex number(...)

Leaving Cert students at Nagle Community College, Cork: Sitting (from left) are Aoife O’Neill and Sarah Struthers, and standing are Rebecca Finn, Sean Flanagan, Roland Kamepko and Calvin Choy. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“I want to go to UCC.” That’s a common refrain from the class of 2016 at Nagle Community College, a co-educational post-primary school in Mahon on the(...)

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