Donnie Campbell and Andrew Murray high in the Namib Dunes. Photograph: Johnny Graham, DigitalPict Photography

There is no doubt that ultra-running medic Andrew Murray is up for a challenge. The doctor has completed an ultra-marathon on each continent in seven (...)

Some researchers question whether dogs experience feelings like love and loyalty, or whether their winning ways are just a matter of instincts that evolved because being a hanger-on is an easier way to make a living than running down elk.

Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and mo(...)

Rowers Gearoid Towey and Ciarán Lewis in their Atlantic Challenge craft before the dramatic capsize in 2006.

Exactly 10 years ago, Gearóid Towey was well known in rowing but not in the wider community. Within weeks he would become front page news. Towey and(...)

In this image  from video, Hyeon Soo Lim, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/APTN

North Korea’s highest court has sentenced a South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labour for life for subversion, China’s official news agency Xin(...)

Ireland is to attempt to get an ancient practice included on the Unesco list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage – the game of hurling. Unesc(...)

Kevin (34), from Monkstown, Co Dublin, studied geology at Trinity College Dublin and left Ireland in 2004 “for work and adventure”. He spent tw(...)

Some 150 people attended the annual Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum in  Shanghai on Friday. Photograph: Getty

Shanghai hosted hundreds of Irish people for the biggest meeting to date of Irish expatriates in Asia on Friday. Senior Irish business figures (...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Laura McMorrow, who is originally from Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, and Ciarán Hussey, from Glenamaddy, Co Galway, have just made it out of Mongolia and into Russia. Photograph: crankandcog.wordpress.com

When Leitrim woman Laura McMorrow and Galway man Ciarán Hussey set out to travel 10,000km from Japan by bike they knew it would be a long, long way fr(...)

Aleksandra Mir’s Plane Landing, from the exhibition Magnetism

Magnetism – Lucy Andrews, Mikala Dwyer, Igor Grubic, Siobhán Hapaska, Aleksandra Mir, Laura Morrison, and Garrett Phelan The Old Snia/Saehan F(...)