The award-winning Inchicore National School building in Dublin’s south inner city, designed by Dongahy + Dimond. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The new building at Inchicore National School could not be further removed from the prefab classrooms that children endured for two decades or more be(...)

Springbok’s Willie le Roux is tackled by Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Jamie Heaslip at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

When CJ Stander was harshly and controversially given a red card in the 22nd minute of the first Test in Newlands Stadium, every rugby fan around the (...)

The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway, where Peter Tyrrell was taken in 1924. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Is it bad manners, in this week of commemoration, to think about a kid born in Ireland in 1916, a real child of the nation? I can’t help thinking of o(...)

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is shown on a screen in Canberra, Australia, as he gives evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via video link from Rome Italy. Photograph: EPA

It was in every sense a Vatican first. Around midnight in a downtown hotel in the centre of Rome, one of the most powerful cardinals in the Vatican to(...)

Coláiste Mhuire: today the school is much changed and more progressive. It is co-educational and has moved out of the city centre.

As the countdown to the 1916 centenary celebrations gathers pace, I am reminded of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 1966 when I was a schoolboy ag(...)

A former Christian Brother and teacher has been jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys in a Cork school in the 1970s and 1980s.

A former Christian Brother and teacher has been jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys in a Cork school in the 1(...)

Avril Buttle and Julie Patterson with their Gaisce medals. President  Michael D Higgins said the stories of those who won awards were “so rich, diverse and valuable”. Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Europe’s greatest challenge is its young people given the extent of youth unemployment across the continent, President Michael D Higgins has said. M(...)

Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)

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