“All of those things we take for granted in life continued almost as though the novel coronavirus had never existed. The water continued to run,  the street lights came on at night.”

One of the most remarkable features of life during the pandemic has been how amazingly normal it has been. All of those things we take for granted in (...)

Candles are all about light and symbolism, so it’s no wonder Ireland’s candlemakers are experiencing a boom through this time of pandemic. File photograph: iStock

Candles have long been a comfort in our homes and a signal of community in our windows. They are all about light and symbolism, so it’s no wonder Irel(...)

 Kitsch Doom’s The Clothes Wear You: She is dressed in character as Meryl Daze for the We are Solitary exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An exhibition that almost did not happen, exploring our need for connectedness at a time of enforced solitude, opens at the Rua Red gallery in Tallagh(...)

Sinéad O’Brien, who contracted Covid-19 in March, at home in Marrowbone House. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Sinéad O’Brien still becomes upset when remembering isolating with her family – including her husband and two children – for 14 days in March in their(...)

Niamh Damery, of the University of Limerick, national winner of the James Dyson Award

Niamh Damery, a 22-year-old student from Cork, has been announced as the national winner of the James Dyson Award for a project that attempts to solve(...)

Ailbhe and Izzy Keane of Izzy Wheels

Two Irish entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for prestigious European Union-backed innovation prizes. Dr Anita Finnegan, founder of Nova Leah, is am(...)

Trasman Jules High Sleeper from JellyBean.

Ever thought of going into a business where most of your customers are children? It really can be child’s play, according to successful entrepreneurs (...)

Hugo Byrne - ‘With a knife, it has to work before you decide how it’s going to look’. Photograph: Doreen Kilfeather

Hugo Byrne goes slowly. Otherwise the blade might lose its temper. Thoughts of sharp objects losing their tempers could lead you to worry about bloody(...)

Since Covid-19 school closures, we fully realise what levels of patience, persistence and personal attention goes into the role of educator. Photograph: iStock

Homeschooling has given us all a new appreciation of teachers – with both parents and pupils missing the múinteoirs. Since Covid-19 school closures, (...)

Research into local Galway fonts: From ancient ogham stones to recent sign paintings, the designers sought   to capture as much of Galway as possible.

Can you create a typeface specifically for a county? One that would capture the essence of the region: its people, landscape, complex past and future (...)

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