Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey (foreground) have a six-nation fight for Olympic selection in the 49erfx class next month in Spain. Photo: Brian Carlin.

An Irish berth at the Rio Olympics hangs in the balance following the announcement of an unexpected African entry in the women’s International 49erfx(...)

Amazon Theatre  in Manaus, Brazil is among the buildings that will go green on St Patrick’s Day this year.

An opera house in the heart of the Amazon rain forest and the home of the Boston Red Sox are among the buildings that will ‘go green’ this year to mar(...)

Fr John Gallagher began canon law proceedings last summer.

The Catholic diocese of Palm Beach in Florida was not informed that a priest convicted there last year on charges related to child abuse had a similar(...)

 Joshua James (23) had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told a local broadcaster. File photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it was not expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-through window by a patron. Joshu(...)

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, will be hoping that unlike his performance in Iowa, he can convert a consistent poll performance into a victory at the New Hampshire primary. Photograph: David Goldman/ AP Photo

Voters cast their ballots in the first primary election in the US presidential race in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Coming eight days after the inaugur(...)

Kevin Molloy, John Walsh and Mai Quaid at the Earn Our Vote launch; they hope older voters’ concerns will be on the agenda. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

One of the greatest challenges for us as we age is “bar-stool gerontology”. For many complex subjects – nuclear physics, molecular biology or philoso(...)

Microsoft recently placed a prototype of a self-contained data centre 30 feet under water in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Microsoft/NYT

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centres may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) confers with fellow candidate Marco Rubio(right) during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate on Saturday at St Anselm’s College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Getty

Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin talks  to butcher Ben Flynn while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Don’t talk to Micheál Martin about polls. The man has no time for them. No time whatsoever. This isn’t a new thing for the leader of Fianna Fáil. He c(...)