US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

Talking politics: Hillary Clinton rallies support for Alison Lundergan Grimes at the flashiest recent campaign event she has appeared at. Photographs: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Around the corner from Whiskey Row, the bricked-up, block-long stretch that was once home to Louisville’s bourbon industry in Kentucky, the Hillbilly (...)

A hazmat team member arrives to clean a unit at the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola virus patient was staying,  in Dallas, Texas. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The US government has called for calm over the single case of Ebola in the United States, seeking to reassure the American public that there is little(...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

‘Words can’t express how girls in the office are feeling right now.’ Photograph: IMNDA via Twitter

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association has warned the handful of people left in the country who have yet to douse themselves in freezing cold wat(...)

Philadelphia Maria Walsh: the winning Rose at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Photograph:Domnick Walsh 1:36

There have always been places of worship to which maidens are sent as tribute. The Rose of Tralee’s Wicker Man is out of shot, but trust me, it’s t(...)

Philadelphia Maria Walsh: the winning Rose at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Photograph:Domnick Walsh

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was last night crowned as the 2014 Rose of Tralee.A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ms Walsh moved to the south Mayo vi(...)

McIlroy in the groove
  • Golf
  • August 16, 2014, 01:01

The Summer of 2014, even beyond the world of golf, will be remembered for the remarkable achievements of one Rory McIlroy. The Irishman has won four o(...)

Host Dáithí Ó Sé with some of the 32 Irish and International Roses taking part in the 2014 International Rose Selection at the launch of this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA 1:21

This year’s crop of Roses made its first public appearance for the cameras together this morning in advance of the Rose of Tralee festival next week. (...)

Shane Lowry made a good account of himself at the PGA Championship at Valhalla, Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

At last, Shane Lowry got a break from the weather gods. The Offaly man completed his final round here at Valhalla Golf Club a little over half an h(...)