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(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Eoghan Murphy TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Senator Catherine Noone take a selfie at the Fine Gael event in Fota Island resort yesterday. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

What? No starting pistol?Perhaps the animal welfare people had a word in Fine Gael’s ear – the party is holding its annual think-in next door to a wil(...)

An unidentified UN peacekeeper and hostage speaks in an unknown location, in this still image from video said to be recorded by the al-Qaeda-backed al-Nusra Front. Photograph: Nusra Front via Reuters TV

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has welcomed the release of 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights on the Israeli Syrian border. Speaking a(...)

 UN peacekeepers behind class of their armored vehicles as they are entering their base next Quneitra crossing point, the only border crossing between Syria and Israel on Golan Heights. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Fiji today rowed back on its assertion that 45 of its peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, captured by Syrian militants nearly two weeks ago, were ab(...)

An Irish  member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (gestures in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.  Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The Irish military’s status as being among the best peacekeepers and peace-enforcers in the world might seem like a tired cliché. There was nothing ti(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy.  “I feel like I’m in with a shout and I can perform to my best again.” Photo: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe’s departure was messy and abrupt and following in the wake of director of rugby David Humphreys taking the boat to Gloucest(...)

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force  ride armoured personnel carriers  past Israel soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights before crossing into Syria yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the UN mandate under which Irish troops are serving in the Golan Heights will have to be re-evaluated in light of deteri(...)

Militants are seen on the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A firefight erupted today between a group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Islamist militants who were s(...)

 Ireland’s Garry Ringrose seen here in action against France produced another brilliant display in the Under-20 Junior World Championship pool match against Fiji today. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ireland U-20 38 Fiji U-20 0: There is a Latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum,’ which translates as everything that comes in threes is perfect or complet(...)

 Ireland’s Jack O’Donoghue will be hoping to lead the team into the semi-finals. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made four changes to the Ireland team for their World Under-20 Championship Pool defining game against Fiji at the QBE (...)