Gabriel Fitzmaurice: his ballads double as, or include, tales and jokes and self-reflective meditations

The Dublin poet Valentin Iremonger (1920-92) first published his poems in a provocatively titled 1944 anthology, On the Barricades. As The Poems of Va(...)

England’s Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Mohammed Shami   claiming his fifth wicket during day five of the Third Investec Test match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.  Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Moeen Ali and James Anderson led England’s surge to a series-levelling 266-run victory with more than two sessions to spare in the third Investec Test(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with some of the pupils from the Changa Changa primary school in Mazabuka

The Dubs are flying high again in this year’s GAA football championship but one man missing out on what could well be another path of glory is Ciarán (...)

National Disaster Response Force personnel clear the debris from the site of a landslide at Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Heavy rain triggered a landslide yesterday leaving nearly 130 people feared trapped under the mud that covered dozens of houses. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Rescuers in India were digging through swirling mud to uncover dozens of submerged homes today and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landsli(...)

England’s Moeen Ali wears wristbands supporting Gaza and Palestine during the third cricket test match against India at the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Southampton.   Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Moeen Ali must stop wearing his ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ wristbands while playing for England, the International Cricket Council has decided.(...)

SmithDehn is a major international entertainment, media and legal firm and its founder, Russell Smith, fell in love with Malin Head, Co Donegal, some years ago.

Holiday romances rarely last but a love affair that began on a sojourn to Derry almost 20 years ago is proof that some can have a happy ending; and ev(...)

Suguna Devi, a married woman and the daughter of the village’s headman, lies on a rope cot in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, where a 13-year-old girl was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault against Ms Devi.  Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A rape has taken place every 25 minutes in India over the past 13 years, a new study has found.The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said 27(...)

A general view of the stadium during fireworks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina Photograph: Getty Images

The World Cup may be just over but the focus is already turning to Qatar 2022. The plight of workers preparing for the World Cup in Qatar is set to fe(...)

File photograph of  Indian passengers travel in a over crowded local train at Ballygunge station in Calcutta, eastern India. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Thirteen children have been killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in southern India. Police officer Ravi N(...)

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing presenting team Tess Daly (left) and Claudia Winkleman

What do Slovenia, Costa Rica, Cambodia and Serbia have in common? They are the newest entrants to what BBC Worldwide calls “the Dancing with Stars glo(...)