Armagh and Tyrone players confront each other early on in last weekend’s qualifier clash at Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

The authorities must condemn them. Managers can’t condone them. The media has to tut-tut away and decide that they’re the worst thing to happen since (...)

Brian Comer: Operates on a deceptively simple rule of thumb that if something is for sale in a top city at significantly less than it cost to build, it’s a deal. Photograp: Ken Lennox

Luck and timing count for a lot in the property business as Brian Comer knows only too well. In 1992, whilst driving to work with his older brother(...)

Eaten green matzo balls are soon forgotten, so the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin had to be represented by the American Federation of Labour & Congress of Industrial Organisations headquarters, on Broadway, an organisation once headed by the Dublin-born and Jewish Michael Mann, who also chaired LLYSE meetings there. Photograph:  Olivia Barry

The existence of an organisation called the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin had somehow passed me by until this week. But as I now know, such a p(...)

Limerick’s Seamus Hickey celebrates scoring the final point in injury time to ensure victory over Tipperary in Thurles. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

LIMERICK 2-18 TIPPERARY 2-16 Nothing daunted by last year’s vintage summer, the Munster hurling championship has so far set about delivering a(...)

Tyrone GAA player Jim Devlin in action courtesy of Coalisland Post.

“They were wild bad times,” shrugs Patsy Forbes, offering the common refrain as to why Jim Devlin, Tyrone’s lionhearted and crafty full back from the (...)

James Barry: ‘Self-portrait as Timanthes’. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Cork-born painter James Barry bestrides the Irish visual imagination like a colossus. But, despite his magnitude, he managed to remain invisible f(...)

Sam Bennet: victory in Rund um Koln in Cologne, Germany

Already victorious last month in the Clasica de Almeria, Sam Bennett grabbed the second win of his pro career yesterday when he sprinted in at (...)

Derry City manager Roddy Collins was booed after the game at the Brandywell. Photograph:   INPHO

Derry City 0 Limerick City 0 Back-to-back scoreless results against (...)

Sebastian Barry: ‘I think a writer needs to have the gift of absence.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

When the old folks in the family start banging on about their parents or their childhood or – heaven help us – “the war”, most of us tune out or sl(...)

Håkan Hardenberger: makes the trumpet sound conversational rather than rawly, militarily assertive

The churning in Ireland’s orchestras continues. The Ulster Orchestra has once again parted company early with a chief executive. Just over a ye(...)