German players pose for the winners’ photo after winning the FIFA World Cup: while talent is a prerequisite, organisation and hard work make a big difference.Photograph: EPA/Ballesteros

Adam Smith’s most profound insight was on the relationship between the division of labour and the extent of the market. The old sage would even have b(...)

Pat Phelan: “Internet commerce is a really unfair business on the merchant because no one else takes any risk. So it’s all down to one guy and what happens is he’s told to go ahead and later he’s told, sorry that was fraud.”

Most of us have been a victim of credit card fraud at this stage. And most of us have not suffered any great loss as a result, with the card compan(...)

New York subway.

An Irish immigrant has had a miracle escape in New York, after being run over by a subway train three times yesterday – and living to tell the tale.Ma(...)

Miriam Toews: spent 18 years in a small, Mennonite town in the middle of the Canadian prairies

Miriam Toews is a Canadian writer. She won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel, A Complicated Kindness, and the Rogers Writers’ Tru(...)

Mayo’s man of the match Cillian O’Connor battles with New York’s Gerard McCartan during Sunday’s Connacht senior  football championship quarter-final at  Gaelic Park, New York. Photograph: Inpho

New York 0-8Mayo 4-18The sun came out for the two teams at Gaelic Park in the Bronx as New York took on a Mayo team who were considered heav(...)

Prof Christine Kinealy, founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, and Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the US, visit the exhibition at Quinnipiac University.

The potato blight had been in Ireland for several months when Hester Catherine Browne, wife of the second marquess of Sligo, wrote to the steward of h(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackles Derry’s Niall Holly at Croke Park during the league semi-final. Photo: Donall Farmer/INpho

Where to begin with Aidan O’Shea? Maybe the lesson learned putting Frankie McGlynn on his hide last August. Or his recent Twit(...)

Frankie Knuckles, a disc jockey, remixer and producer who was often called the “godfather of house” for helping that genre of dance music sprea(...)

I have long been opposed to gays marching in the St Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue. It isn’t because my father was a past national (...)

Niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Lauren, leaving a sitting of Killaloe District Court held in the downstairs function room of the Brian Boru pub in the town, today.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA.

A 41-year old niece of fashion icon, Ralph Lauren is to be sentenced tomorrow in relation to an air rage incident that occurred on Monday.Jenny Lauren(...)