Shauna O’Neill, who was previously awarded a Clipper round world race bursary and now works for the Children in Crossfire charity. File photograph: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have appealed to young people in Derry or Strabane who are over 18 and currently out of work to a(...)

Blake O’Donnell, son of Brian O’Donnell, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a High Court hearing.Photograph: Courts Collins

A High Court judge has sought evidence about what has been happening at a house in Killiney, Dublin, after being told solicitor Brian O’Donnell has b(...)

A runner battles through a heavy snow shower in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Yesterday may have heralded the beginning of spring, according to some, but the weather will remain wintry due to a cold air mass from Canada bringin(...)

 Robbie Henshaw celebrates scoring Ireland’s  try with Conor Murray and a cast of thousands. Photo: Inpho/James Crombie

A bittersweet chariot came to carry England’s supporters home last night, with their hopes of a Six Nations grand slam in the luggage bin. Being home(...)

Professional surfer, Connor Maguire from Bundoran, Co Donegal catching one of the biggest waves of the day at Mullaghmore. Photograph: Finn Mullen

As rugby fans flocked to the capital to watch the big game snow fell heavily across the city. Met Éireann had issued a yellow alert snow and ice warni(...)

Robert Duke scored one of Terenure College’s  tries in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A win away to Cork Constitution at Temple Hill. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: With Clontarf slipping up at St Mary’s on Friday night, Terenure College closed in on a home semi-final with (...)

 “I’m just delighted I survived. I still can’t believe it. I keep  reminding myself I’m only a whippersnapper. If I glimpse myself in a mirror, it’s like, who’s that?” Paula Meehan,  at her  home in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

When Michael D Higgins hosted a cultural evening in the Forbidden City in Beijing on his state visit to China in December, he invited Paula Meehan (...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

The old man says it’s like looking for a proverbial what’s-it in a bloody well what’s-it. He’s pacing backwards and forwards and smoking like a cre(...)

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)