Aisling Jones: arranging car hire in advance kept transport costs to about €30 a person for the week, including petrol. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish holidaymakers spend about €1,000 on their summer holiday overseas. While that figure includes the cost of getting to a destination and stayin(...)

Guo Chuan, crew-member on Irish-Chinese backed Green Dragon and the first-ever Asian participant at the finish of leg 4 from Singapore to China in the Volvo Ocean Race at Qingdao. Photograph: David Branigan | Oceansport

In a display of unity rarely seen in the fragmented sport of sailing, there was little dissent amongst delegates at this week’s World Yacht Racing Fo(...)

Lionel Messi (left) of FC Barcelona scores his team’s first goal past Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and David Luiz of Paris Saint-Germain FC  at Camp Nou Stadium. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group (...)

Supporters hold up a Catalan independence flag during a conference in Barcelona on Tuesday called  after a symbolic vote on the region’s independence from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

The leader of the Catalan region, Artur Mas, is trying to persuade fellow pro-independence parties to back a plan to hold a plebiscite-style election (...)

Chelseas Willian (centre) celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta (top) and Branislav Ivanovic (left) after scoring the second against Schalke 04  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Bernd Thissen / EPA

Schalke 0 Chelsea 5Roberto di Matteo had been right to suppose sentimentality would go ignored against the team he had guided to Champions League succ(...)

Ajax fans show their support prior to the match between wiith FC Barcelona earlier this month. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Nearly 100 Ajax fans wielding iron bars and wearing ski masks were arrested in Paris on the eve of the Champions League match between the Dutch club a(...)

BT said it was in preliminary talks for two companies and identified only Telefónica-owned O2 as a target. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg
Companies named as BT targets

BT Group plc is in talks to buy Telefónica SA’s O2 unit or another mobile phone company to expand its wireless offering in the UK and complement its b(...)

Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona. Photograph: Reuters

Lionel Messi, hailed by many as the greatest footballer of all time, may leave Spain after continuing to fall foul of the tax authorities, sources (...)

 Aer Lingus set to boost frequency of its Dublin-NY flights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The tourism industry fought to its last bullet to retain its special 9 per cent Vat rate in the budget – and succeeded as the Government wagered that (...)

Bojan Krkic of Stoke City runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane this month. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Sitting in the canteen at Stoke City’s training ground, Bojan Krkic’s eyes light up as he thinks back to his cameo in an epoch-defining clásico and wh(...)