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(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates his team’s victory over Georgia. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Next up: the world champions. This long, fitful journey towards next summer’s European championships in France has been reduced to a grim game of blin(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Martin O’Neill’s side did just about enough here to sustain their hopes of a place at next summer’s European Champion(...)