A sailor shows his tattoo:  the US Navy is loosening its rules on tattoos in response to their growing popularity among young people and to remove a potential barrier for  recruits. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

The US navy is loosening its rules governing tattoos in response to their growing popularity among young people and to remove a potential barrier for (...)

Stuart McCloskey and  Ultan Dillane in action  when Connacht hosted Ulster in the Pro12 in December. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Friday, 7.35pm (TG4/BBC) The last time Connacht won in Belfast, Seán Lemass had just completed his first year (...)

Fr Joseph Mallin, son of Michael Mallin, with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Kilmainham Gaol in 2006. Now aged 102 and living in Hong Kong, Fr Mallin was this week awarded the freedom of  Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Patrick Pearse’s closest relative and the nephew of a famous RAF flying ace are among those who will be attending this weekend’s Easter Rising commemo(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)

Down but not out: Antonio Banderas in The 33

Patricia Riggen’s film about the 2010 Chilean mining accident isn’t really worth travelling far to see. But it’s worth being nice to. Made with the c(...)

Tammany Hall:  “Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.” Photo:  R. Gates/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The first account of the Irish revolutionary period by a professional historian was published while the fires of the civil war were still burning. In (...)

A man signs the book of condolences on Tuesday for Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead in Omeath last Sunday evening. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The family of Siobhán Phillips, who was being assisted by Tony Golden at the time of the incident in which he was killed, has praised the garda for “(...)

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes has signed  a three-year extension to his deal with Clermont Auverne. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The list of contenders for the position of Leinster head coach is diminishing by the day following the confirmation that Clermont Auvergne assistant c(...)

CBC captain Eoin Monahan lifts the trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Though the scoreline is flattering CBC were worthy winners of the Munster Schools junior cup when they inflicted a third final defeat in a row on Cres(...)

 Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Becky Watts say they have found body parts at a house in Bristol. Four men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and Becky’s stepbrother and his girlfriend have been kept in custody. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The stepbrother of 16-year-old Becky Watts has been charged with her murder, while his girlfriend has been charged with intending to pervert the cours(...)