Northern Ireland players celebrate clinching qualification for Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What a night for Irish football. Or, if you prefer, what a night for Irish soccer. And all that lies therein. On Thursday men from the 32 counties of(...)

Greek yogurt and honey: Greece won an international court case recently to protect the names of   Greek yogurt and feta cheese as distinctly Greek products

In 2012 Michael Noonan said that Irish people knew little of Greece except for the feta cheese on supermarket shelves. Condescending though the remark(...)

Annalise Murphy is competing at the Semaine Olympique Française this week in La Rochelle, France.

There may yet be a false dawn for Ireland’s Laser Radial Rio Olympic trial prospects because high campaign costs are a turn-off for several school gi(...)

African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

 Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, waves  after a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday.  The judges described her work “a monument to suffering and courage.” Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

It takes courage to see the truth; it takes even more to confront it, describe it and present it against the odds. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literat(...)

  Not content with simply liking a status? Facebook is branching out and testing some new ways to react on its social network. Never a(...)

Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)

Start and finish: Patten’s Pub Time: 2-3 hours Distance: 6.8km Map: Discovery Series 30 Suitability: Reasonably(...)

Spain’s Princess Cristina leaving a courthouse. File photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Spain’s Princess Cristina will stand trial on tax fraud charges on January 11th, a court has announced. She will be the first royal family member to s(...)

 The funeral of Gary Hutch who was shot dead in Spain last week takes place at  Our Lady of Lourdes Church, on Sean McDermott St, in Dublin city on Tuesday.  Photograph: Collins

The mother of a career criminal shot dead in Spain has told mourners at his funeral the family did not want revenge. Kay Hutch, mother of deceased Gar(...)