Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring against Malta at Ta’ Qali Stadium  in Valletta. Photograph:   Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Netherlands’ poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued on Monday evening as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace earned Iceland a 2-0 victory (...)

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren (left) will miss two of Croatia’s qualifiers because of injury. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has withdrawn from Croatia’s squad with an abdominal injury to give club manager Brendan Rodgers a potential defen(...)

Petroceltic chief executive Brian O’Cathain. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dragon Oil made its ambitions for north Africa clear yesterday when it made a tentative €627 million offer for fellow Dublin-listed explorer Petrocelt(...)

Illegal wiretapping, cronyism and rumours of criminal deals: remarkably, Boiko Borisov, leader of the centre-right Gerb party, has a good chance of being returned to power in Sunday’s general election. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Voters in Bulgaria go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament after a turbulent period that has seen three governments fall by the wayside si(...)

Ireland’s European Parliament Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan at EU hearing today. Screengrab

Ireland’s European Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan confirmed this morning he had made representations on behalf of his constituents for jobs(...)

Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture committee tomorrow morning for a three-hour hearing on his nomination as Ireland’s next European commissioner.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture comm(...)

Real Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti talks to Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia. Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League (...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson: she has written to Pat McCrory to acknowledge receipt of his letter and has forwarded his correspondence to Ireland. Photograph: Marty Katz/

The governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory is the latest American politician to call on the Government to scrap its plans to introduce plain packagi(...)

Oscar and Arthur Kenevey, of Clarehall, Dublin, at the bandstand in St Stephens Green, Dublin for the People’s Climate Picnic today as world leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny prepare to meet in New York next week for a UN crisis summit on climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 600 people attended the People’s Climate Picnic in St Stephen’s Green today. It was the main event held in Ireland to mark a global protest (...)