Australia’s batsman Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring his century during his Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India. Photograph: Reuters

For the second successive World Cup the joint hosts will contest the final. Australia against New Zealand, a final of which the organisers might have (...)

The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)

Russell Crowe attends a press conference for new film The Water Diviner at Claridges, London last week.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:37

Russell Crowe’s new film The Water Diviner has been praised by the Australian embassy for its even handed portrayal of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaig(...)

A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the Auckland Medical School, New Zealand, has developed a programme that indicates pers(...)

South Africa are out to banish their pre-tournament tags. Photograph: Indranil Mukharjee/Getty Images

The World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park today has more at stake than a first final for the winner.Both teams will h(...)

Dr David Finn and Mark Rafferty of    Amatech Group Ltd: “What we have been able to do is almost defy the laws of physics.”

Amatech Most people with a Visa debit card will be familiar with contactless payment technology. In Ireland it allows Visa debit cardholders to pay bi(...)

Enjoy a classic Beijing specialty at Duck de Chine.  Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Beijing
  • Travel
  • March 21, 2015, 01:30

It seems like only yesterday that Beijing had its much-ballyhooed “coming out” party – the 2008 Summer Olympics – but things don’t slow down much i(...)

French referee  Jerome Garces:  Given Ireland’s penchant for competing in the air, the recent decisions by Garces may haunt them in Edinburgh.  Photograph: Inpho

A final day at the Six Nations where all three matches are intertwined, the possible king makers are Kiwi, French and Welsh. A penalty when the scr(...)

Disaster management officials and relief workers are still struggling to establish contact with many islands that bore the brunt of Cyclone Pam’s winds of more than 300 km/h on Friday and Saturday.  Photograph: Graham Crumb/EPA 0:59

International aid agencies began emergency flights on Tuesday to some of the remote outer islands of Vanuatu, which they fear have been devastated by (...)

“There are at least three ways in which small countries offer a valuable perspective on what is to come.” Photograph: Getty Images

Some will argue that Ireland’s recent aloof attitude to Greece has been misplaced in that it squanders an opportunity for a stronger, collective push (...)