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 (...)

Simon Coveney at the helm of his yacht ‘Wavetrain’ during Tuesday’s racing at Cork Week. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said that there has been “no final decision” on offering a British sports consultancy an opportunity to run an(...)

Australia’s batsman Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring his century during his Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India. Photograph: Reuters

For the second successive World Cup the joint hosts will contest the final. Australia against New Zealand, a final of which the organisers might have (...)

Justin Slattery drives Azzam through a wave in the Southern Ocean. Photograph: Matt Knighton/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

This is it, the legendary Southern Ocean that has been the hallmark of the Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbreads before it. All six boats are now deep and a(...)