Mara I woke before dawn, much earlier than normal. The city was a dangerous place, father had warned us many times. But I knew I had to go there. Ben (...)

 Rock band U2, whose guitarist The Edge (second left) learned to play on the instrument being auctioned. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons

A classical guitar that launched one of the most successful careers in Ireland’s musical history has turned up at auction. The “learner’s classical g(...)

Fintan O’Mahony, a teacher from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, says the Department of Education must come up with a solution that suits Ireland, rather than focusing on education systems used abroad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

While over 730 secondary schools around the State close on Thursday for a second day of strike action over junior cycle reform, educators remain divid(...)

Gerard Stembridge’s work as screenwriter and novelist is well known to Irish audiences. His brilliant scripting of Ordinary Decent Criminal set the ba(...)

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