US first lady Michelle Obama declares the Special Olympics open at the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s athletes received one of the loudest cheers of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday night as they marched in(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny   and Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the Garda College in Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she was “open to reviewing” hate crime legislation after a number of attacks in the past week. Ms Fit(...)

A Lithuanian man will go on trial this Thursday charged with murdering a 26-year-old Latvian man in County Laois last year

A Lithuanian man will go on trial this Thursday charged with murdering a 26-year-old Latvian man in County Laois last year. Deivydas Zigelis (37) with(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Paul O’Shea. Photograph: London Metropolitan Police

An Irish heroin addict has been given a minimum 32-year jail term for the hammer and knife killing of two men in a London flat. Paul O’Shea (37), from(...)

Angela Kelly, Martin Brophy and Orla Curry died in a car crash in Co Laois in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Three people were killed in Co Laois when their car hit a road sign not long after celebrating a 21st birthday in the early hours of Sunday morning. (...)

Declan Hannon is in the Limerick side to face Dublin in their All-Ireland SHC qualifier Round 2 match on Saturday at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick manager TJ Ryan makes two changes to the team that overcame Westmeath last week for Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier round two meeting wit(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores a goal in the Leinster  Hurling Senior Championship final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

It was a disappointing Leinster final for anyone who thought Galway were really going to put it up to Kilkenny and test them to the point where they m(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his charges take on Offaly in the first round of the All-Ireland senior hurling qualifers. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Back to the track once more for Davy Fitz and his stable of young colts. If there’s no particular mystery in the outcome here, Clare are never less(...)

Niall McNamee has been the talisman for Offaly since the mid-2000s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This isn’t a bad draw for either team although both are undermined by injury concerns. The main task for Kildare is psychological in that turning a(...)