Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell has played his last game for his country. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:14

(...)’t speak too highly of him.” A natural born leader, if ever there was one, O’Connell captained Munster(...)

‘The children start out nervous, but over time they are willing to pet the frog.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

(...) in the natural world was sparked growing up near Silver Strand in Wicklow and nurtured by her primary(...)

Priscilla Gahan: “Someone needs to be held responsible for the way they handled my case – even if he hadn’t gone on to kill two other girls.” Photograph: Eric Luke

(...), died in Durham prison on October 2nd, of natural causes. He was serving a life sentence for the murder(...)

Paul Rouse’s ‘Sport and Ireland – A History’ highlights an extraordinary range of Irish sport, including “horse riding, naked”. Illustration: Thinkstock

(...) night, I started reading Paul Rouse’s Sport and Ireland – A History. Of all the books that have landed(...)

David Puttnam: “I’m good at getting people to work together, good at encouraging them to do better work. But there’s not an artistic bone in my body”

European become digital”. Puttnam was chosen by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural(...)

 Gleesons of Booterstown Avenue. “This is a bloody well rugby pub!” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

(...), like, the most momentous days in the history of Irish sport. I am, of course, referring to the events(...)

Dave Mulligan launched a new brand of poitín – Bán Poitín – in London eight weeks ago.

Mulligan’s opinion, often misguided) history. Having worked in the bar scene in Ireland, New York and(...)

Aisling Law, a descendant of Maud Gonne, in Rossnaree House, Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

(...) great-grandmother Maud Gonne remains an endlessly fascinating figure in Irish history, and the weekend(...)

Eozoön canadense, a metamorphic rock made of interlayered calcite and serpentine, from Canada

(...). The fossil seemed almost too convenient for advocates of evolution by natural selection. As one(...)

Johnny Sexton  runs with the ball during the   Pool D match against Italy. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

The Youtube clip titled “Bastareaud et Sexton: L’histoire d’un bus et d’un piéton [the history of a(...)