Ireland fans Neil Cotter and Mark May from Glasnevin with Polish fans in Poznan during Euro 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Next Sunday night, the Republic of Ireland take on Poland in a Uefa European Championship qualifier in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. It is the perfect momen(...)

 Katha Pollitt: “At least one in three women will have an abortion in her reproductive life.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“Guns are something associated with men and their power, and abortion is something associated with women and their power. So guns are great because t(...)

Events on Ramsay Street, home to Australian TV series Neighbours, have been chronicled for 30 years. The show has been a launch pad for the careers of  Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Jason Donovan.

So, Neighbours is 30. Yes 30. Try not to think about it too deeply. We forgot, you never thought about it too deeply. That’s how the Australian soap h(...)

Artist Eamonn O’Neill pitched four ideas to Google for the Doodle. “I just wanted it to be simple,” he said. Google chose O’Neill’s first suggestion, of shamrocks playing traditional Irish musical instruments, including a bodhrán. Illustration: Eamonn O’Neill/Google

Irish artist Eamonn O’Neill has created the “Google Doodle” for St Patrick’s Day. Although the team at Google has gone green for St Patrick’s Day befo(...)

A passersby picks up free flowers at the Cath Kidston flower cart in central Cardiff ahead of this Sunday’s Mothers Day. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

So you’re celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday are you? Actually, you’re probably not. Mother’s Day, like hot dogs and baseball, is an American c(...)

The world’s biggest social network Facebook has removed its ‘I feel fat’ status update option following an online campaign. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Facebook is to drop the status update that allows users to say they are feeling fat. The world’s biggest social network is to remove the “I feel fat” (...)

Stephanie Roche netted her first goal of the year and her seventh for Ireland as the Republic’s women’s team completed their Istria Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Costa Rica in Croatia on Wednesday afternoon. 2:29

It only took Stephanie Roche two touches this time to produce a goal that already looks like it could be in the shake-up for the best strike of 2015.R(...)

Louise Glennon of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “This invitation is encouraging to women, particularly those with a diversity of experience from the community and voluntary sector, from the public service, and from business.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Equal numbers of women and men could sit on State boards if the website stateboards.ie does its job.Welcoming the launch of the website, Louise Glenno(...)

Demon drink: While many in the heart of Dublin had heard about plans to curb cheap alcohol sales, few could get to the bottom of it. Photograph: Getty Images

Alcohol is the topic on everybody’s lips. Most people on Moore Street, in the heart of Dublin, had heard some news, few could get to the bottom of it.(...)

 Beyoncé and  husband Jay Z at a basketball game in  January: both did the 22 Days Nutrition challenge  in 2013. Photograph:  EPA/Paul Buck

In the beginning there was everyone’s favourite consciously uncoupled ex, Gwyneth Paltrow, with her annual detox and her steam-cleaned vagina. Now, br(...)