Karin Dubsky of Coastwatch Ireland said the Government was also preparing measures to bring our seas to “good environmental status” under a new EU marine directive. Photograph: Provision

A new Foreshore Bill, about to go before the Oireachtas, will “radically change coastal responsibilities” and give ordinary citizens a chance to part(...)

Seagulls fighting over scraps.  Kerry senator  Ned O’Sullivan said: “I have received hundreds of messages and calls. Without a word of a lie over 90 per cent were supportive and positive.”  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In an extreme case of life imitating art, a Fianna Fáil Senator has portrayed the scourge of swooping seagulls in Dublin in terms that mirror the plo(...)

Kerry selector Cian O’Neill during the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. “A lot of these guys wouldn’t have been exposed to 
the
scientific methods of training and physical development. And they’re lapping this up.” Photograph: Inpho

He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. That may sound like some ancient Zen experience but it’s actually pure Gonzo. It may also h(...)

Jack O’Connor: sees Kerry as being in the perfect position in the build-up to Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Donegal. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Jack O’Connor sees Kerry as being in the perfect position in the build-up to Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Donegal, explaining that much of the s(...)

Paul Durcan in action against ace Dublin forward  Bernard Brogan in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

For all the microscopic attention paid to the patterns of football designed by Jim McGuinness, it is only recently people have begun to sit up and not(...)

Iraq’s president Fuad Masum (5th left), French president Francois Hollande (C), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (5th right) and US Secretary of States John Kerry (4th right) pose for photo during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader said today he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Wa(...)

 Donegal’s Eamonn McGee, Neil Gallagher and Paddy McGrath tackle Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is All-Ireland football final week so cue much colon-scouring examination about what being from Ireland, and specifically, Donegal and Kerry, suppo(...)

Jim McGuinness celebrates with Michael Murphy at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: /Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:21

When Jim McGuinness found himself in Tralee as a student in the late 1990s, it didn’t take him long to figure out why the Kingdom, above all counti(...)

 Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (L) with Chief of the Defence Forces Air Chief Marshal Mark Binski speaking during a press conference in Darwin, Australia. Photograph: EPA

Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washingto(...)

Clare strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor goes through a warm-up drill with the players prior to the senior championship semi-final at Semple Stadium, in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Impho

It’s 60 years ago since the GAA introduced a ban on collective training of inter-county teams. It felt the practice reeked of professionalism. The ban(...)