With the Heineken Cup final on next Saturday it seems appropriate we should consider the word “rugby” this week. The game is named after a public scho(...)

Warwickshire celebrate last year’s Lory Meagher Cup victory at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

If and when Daniel Crowley makes his debut for Arsenal , there will be more than a few glasses raised to his success in the GAA strongholds of Warwick(...)

 Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917).  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Great War and Irish poets

As January 1914 dawned, Europe had experienced 100 years of comparative peace since the Battle of Waterloo. During that time, technological developmen(...)

Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann says he’s side won’t let up in Ashes rivalry with England. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Australia have dismissed any possibility of changing the in-your-face approach that underpinned their demolition of England in Brisbane as a result of(...)

The Conservatives hold the majority of seats along the southern end of the proposed HS2 high-speed train route, seats that will be crucial if the party is to have any chance of single-party rule after the next British general election. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

In times past, British monarchs had to keep a close eye on the barons in the shires, fearful that any change in loyalty threatened disaster to their h(...)

Astley Castle, which has been given new life by Stirling Prize winners Witherford Watson Mann

A holiday home inserted into the crumbling walls of Astley Castle in Warwickshire, by Witherford Watson Mann Architects, has won this year’s RIBA Stir(...)

Ireland captain William Porterfield hits a six to make his century against Englandat Malahide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A century from a flame-haired left-hander from Rush following on from a four-wicket haul from a 6ft 8in former farmer from Bready in Co Tyrone helped (...)

 Eoin Morgan  in action during a nets session at  Malahide. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Eoin Morgan, the Irishman who will captain England against his homeland this week, does not feel his adopted country are patronising their neighbours(...)

Dan Evans of Great Britain signs autographs for fans after winning his men’s singles second round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

All of a sudden, there are no limits to Dan Evans’s dreaming. As he was leaving the boutique surroundings of Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, having crus(...)

Pay was abandoned for the day during day four of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Oval. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The predicted rain arrived to wash out day four of the final Ashes Test at The Oval.Not a ball was able to be bowled on Saturday with umpires Kumar Dh(...)