Pushing for change: Catalonia’s independence movement, like Ireland’s, sprang from a cultural renaissance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

A notable feature of life in Barcelona for an outsider is the pervasiveness of Catalan. In bars, at bus stops and everywhere else you hear this strang(...)

Monster, the Real Madrid to Indeed.com’s Barcelona, has come on board as a sponsor of National Employment Week.

There is sure to be a little extra spice in the rivalry between the two behemoth online jobs sites, Indeed. com and Monster, following National Employ(...)

A Ryanair flight to Dublin returned safely to Barcelona this morning after a bird strike caused an engine shut-down shortly after take-off.A statemen(...)

Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

David Silva scored twice for Manchester City as they closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea after their 5-0 win over Newcastle. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for(...)

Hanover Quay, Dublin 2: average monthly earnings from Airbnb around €444. Photograph:Kate Geraghty

If you’ve repeatedly tried to get your finances into better shape by cutting back – and repeatedly failed – maybe you’re taking the wrong tack. Anothe(...)

 Sky, 39 per cent owned by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and synonymous with top-level English soccer,  says it will  pay for the new contract by finding savings elsewhere and setting limited price rises for customers. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Britain’s dominant pay-TV firm Sky is counting the cost of its record bid to retain the rights for top-flight English soccer, with a falling share pri(...)

Road test: Mazda2

After four years of hefty losses, Mazda is back in profit and as if to mark the occasion they’ve got a great looking supermini arriving here this Marc(...)

  Arsène Wenger has outlasted 10 Tottenham managers, excluding caretakers, since his arrival at Arsenal in 1996. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger had been asked for his memories of Mauricio Pochettino, the player, and he responded by turning his palm upwards and making a karate-ch(...)

Celtic players celebrate Leigh Griffiths’s goal in front of Rangers fans during their Scottish League Cup semi-final  at Hampden Park stadium. Photograph: Russell Cheyne

Celtic 2 Rangers 0 It was all there again: the noise, the bile, the electricity, the songs, the colours, the police, the flags, the sell-out, the sta(...)