Shane Duffy  has signed for Blackburn Rovers. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Blackburn Rovers have strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy from Everton.The 22-year-(...)

Jonathan Sexton is due to meet Racing Metro 92 owner Jacky Lorenzetti in Paris today. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton appears to have suffered a fracture to his jaw during Saturday night’s 17-10 victory over Toulon in the French Top 14.The Lions, Ire(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper returns to the national squad after two-year absence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Senior Republic of Ireland international John O’Shea has called on West Ham midfielder Mark Noble to make a swift decision on his international futur(...)

Stephen Cunningham who cycled to Beijing  from Dublin in aid of Crumlin children’s hospital

Sipping a flat-white coffee in a Beijing cafe, Stephen Cunningham smiles as he recalls being chased by packs of wild dogs as he cycled in Romania as p(...)

Darron Gibson returns to Republic of Ireland squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill today named a provisional 36-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming games against Oman and Georgia. Ireland will take on Oman(...)

‘To Flannery O’Connor, faith was fragile and thinking you had lost your faith was “an experience that in the long run belongs to faith”.’ Photograph:  APIC/Getty Images

The American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago on August 3rd. A significant voice in US fiction, she is also highly (...)

The real deal: author Rainbow Rowell

There was no fanfare when Eleanor & Park, the second novel by the American author Rainbow Rowell, was published, two years ago. It wasn’t hyped as(...)

Irish soccer manager Martin O’Neill attended the FAI Cup draw in Mullingar. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has expressed the hope that a number of younger players will make their presence felt at senior level by th(...)

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball from caddie JP Fitzgerald during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An amateur more than twice his age, who has already beaten him once, could hold the key to Rory McIlroy’s bid to complete a career grand slam.McIlroy(...)

 Corkman Brian McCarthy lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is Accenture’s global lead for information and analytics strategy. He has advised Bank of America, Coca Cola, American Express and GE on how to get more out of their data. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

From the moment you wake your movements are under scrutiny. With the volume of data created by individuals growing at an unprecedented rate, leading c(...)