Niamh Dunne: I did things I never thought I’d do – a bungee swing in Queenstown, a skydive in Cairns, and scuba-diving in Koh Tao

It started with a two-month holiday. I was going to take a break, let my hair down, come back refreshed, press the restart button; get a new job, g(...)

The Rainbow Warrior was heading for the Mururoa Atoll in the south Pacific, where France was planning a series of nuclear tests. Photograph: Patrick Riviere/AFP/Getty Images 1:36

A French secret service frogman who took part in the operation to sink Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior 30 years ago has spoken publicly for the fi(...)

Detail from ‘Boy with Flute’ by Paul Henry

Two drawings by artist Paul Henry – one previously unknown – which have been in a private collection in New Zealand for over 70 years have been ret(...)

 Performers at the Galway International Arts Festival. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The old cliché of the welcoming Irish has been reinforced by a new travel survey which places three of our cities in the top four for global friendlin(...)

A farm that supplies to Fonterra co-operative group in  New Zealand: Dairy prices slumped to a 12-year low at this week. Photograph: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, cut the amount it will pay New Zealand farmers for milk to the lowest in at least 10 (...)

Undated handout photo issued by the NZBCA Archives of a 617 Squadron plane in the air. Photograph: NZBCA Archives/PA

The last surviving Dambusters pilot has died in New Zealand. He was 96. Les Munro had a “special aura” and was always regarded as “invincible”, his f(...)

Phil Rudd appearing in the High Court in Tauranga, New Zealand. Photograph: EPA

Phil Rudd, drummer of Australian rock band AC/DC, has been arrested in New Zealand just 10 days after being sentenced to home detention, media reporte(...)

Then: Grace O’Sullivan was on board the Greenpeace  ship when it was blown up in 1985

Grace O’Sullivan vividly remembers the first time she caught sight of Rainbow Warrior. “I was about 17, and I saw it in a port in the Netherlands,” sh(...)

 Isa Nacewa in action for Leinster in the Challenge Cup semi-final against Biarritz in 2013. The utility back has not played professional rugby since retiring at the end of that season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Somebody once said that making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity. Isa Nacewa will soon find out after a two-year abse(...)

Isa Nacewa: scores a try against Biarritz in the  Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final. In total, he scored 24 tries for Leinster in his first stint with the province. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Isa Nacewa is to come out of retirement two years after leaving Leinster by rejoining the province on a year’s contract. Leinster and the player have (...)