Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

Pope Francis landed in Philadelphia on the final stop of his tour of the United States, calling for a more active role for women and the laity in t(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

The plan was to smash a few records and then run in the Olympics. There is no sure-fire path to any sporting glory, only the tried and trusted. And wh(...)


The Big Grill Festival will set Dublin’s Herbert Park alight this weekend, running from Thursday afternoon until late Sunday night. The festival of(...)

The humidity of the American Deep South is a force to be reckoned with. A week into our Alabama to Charleston road trip and neither my hair (natura(...)

A gunman – who was also wielding an axe – opened fire at a Nashville-area theater showing of the movie “Mad Max: Fury Road” on Wednesday and was shot (...)

Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centres around the US. Photograph: Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP

Armed civilians who have volunteered to guard military recruiting stations across the US in the wake of the mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, h(...)

Retired Marine Michael Hendon pays respect at a memorial  in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five US servicemen, the suspected gunman texted a close friend a link to an Islamic verse that include(...)

US flag flies alongside a sign in honor of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

The suspect in the fatal shootings of four US Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year, autho(...)

Military veteran David Croft brings flowers to a memorial near where the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee took place. Photograph: EPA.

Investigators on Friday sought to determine what led a 24-year-old gunman to open fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four(...)

 President Barack Obama: stressed that there was no alternative to the deal. Photograph: Getty Images

The tough negotiations leading to a nuclear deal with Iran may have concluded in Vienna, but the hard work on selling the agreement to sceptical Repub(...)