International athletics athlete Thomas Barr with students from Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So little time and so many teachers to talk to is a common complaint about teacher-parent meetings at secondary schools. But teachers of one subject a(...)

A bread cart with armed fighters in the Irish Civil War, around 1922: We can never know for sure if Protestants were targeted out of pure religious hatred or selected as convenient symbols of the old coloniser, Britain. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

A fundamental question about the Revolution’s civilian casualties was reopened at the West Cork History Festival last month: were Protestants harmed b(...)

High flyer: the ruddy shelduck. Photograph: Getty

An orange and brown duck species similar in size to the mallard has been recorded flying at altitudes of up to 6,800 metres (22,000 feet) to cross the(...)

Microbeads: pollution from microplastic-containing cosmetics contributes to a huge marine environmental challenge, according to Simon Coveney

The Government must lead by example and ban plastic microbeads rather than wait for an EU-wide agreement to protect our seas, a leading marine biologi(...)

Many runners have chosen to go minimal when running, but the great majority of runners remain attached to their expensive footwear.

If you want to lower risk of injury while running, leave the expensive footwear behind and run with minimal or no shoes. Research from the Universit(...)

Undated handout photo issued by the University of Exeter of Sakurajima volcano with the city of  Kagoshima in the foreground.  Photograph: Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre/University of Exeter/PA Wire

One of Japan’s most active volcanoes could be close to a major eruption threatening the “Naples of the Eastern World”, research suggests. A team of e(...)

 No matter how much scientific evidence is provided many people still hold doubts about whether man-made climate change is real. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

A researcher in Dublin used text mining to plough through 250,000 blogosphere texts and 16,000 documents to understand why climate change denial just (...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: Dutch voters rejected the trade deal by almost two to one. in Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has pledged to continue its engagement with Ukraine, despite the decisive rejection of an EU-Ukraine association agreement by Dutch(...)

‘If communication with teachers and students is good, there’s less likely to be conflict with parents.’ Photograph: Getty Images

How can you help your children to reach their full potential in school? Dozens of studies make it clear what matters most in a child’s education is(...)

Recent data up to 2012 show improvements in racehorse speeds are continuing, largely driven by speeds of sprinters particularly at elite level. File photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

A new study contends racehorses are gradually getting faster, despite views to the contrary held by the racing industry. It also shows the greatest i(...)

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