Max Kruse  celebrates scoring the winning goal during Germany’s 2-1 win over Georgia in their Euro 2016 qualifier. Photo: Jens Wolf/PA

Three-times European champions Germany needed a 79th minute goal from substitute Max Kruse to edge past Georgia 2-1 yesterday and book their spot at t(...)

Robert Lewandowski was the star man yet again for Poland as Irelan failed to live with the Bayern Munich striker. Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Third place is about right. Over the course of this qualifying campaign, Ireland didn’t do quite enough. Poland and Germany have advanced to the Europ(...)

Members of the media listen to the witnesses following the execution of Kelly Gissendaner at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters 1:15

Georgia executed the only woman on its death row on Wednesday, hours after the State Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected her final plea for clemency(...)

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s South Pole expedition team: Left to right – Frank Wild, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall and Jameson Boyd-Adams. Photograph: Shackleton Foundation/PA

The cabin in which Irish adventurer Ernest Shackleton died of a heart attack in the Antarctic Ocean in early 1922 has been shipped to Ireland as a lo(...)

Greek voters returned Alexis Tsipras to power with a strong election victory on Sunday. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

As they made their way to cast their ballot in the 72nd primary school in central Athens, some voters were frank in admitting they still had to make u(...)

Georgia’s flanker Giorgi Tkhilaishvili  scores his try against Tonga  Photograph: Getty Images

Georgia 17 Tonga 10 Former Irish scrumhalf Michael Bradley shared Joe Schmidt’s experience on Saturday when Georgia beat Tonga 17-10 in their opening (...)

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

The plan was to smash a few records and then run in the Olympics. There is no sure-fire path to any sporting glory, only the tried and trusted. And wh(...)

Law enforcement officers gather on the Delta State University campus where history professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in his office  at Delta State University on Monday. Photograph: Rogelio V Solis/Reuters

A man suspected of gunning down a Mississippi college professor in his campus office and of killing a woman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound aft(...)

Republic of Ireland soccer star Jeff Hendrick appeared in court on Tuesday after he was charged over an alleged row on a Dublin street in 2013. Photograph: Inpho

Republic of Ireland soccer star Jeff Hendrick appeared in court on Tuesday after he was charged over an alleged row on a Dublin street in 2013. The 23(...)

Referee Istvan Vad issues a yellow card to Republic of Ireland’s James McClean for a challenge on Georgia’s Giorgi Papunashvili  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland gathered three points but at a severe and frustrating cost. I would never discourage the physicality that Glenn Whelan and James McClean br(...)