Emma Russell celebrates with her Syracuse University teammates.

It’s been a quirky sporting journey for Emma Russell. As a child growing up in Enniskerry, soccer was her unrivalled passion, playing on the local boy(...)

The ties that bind: Barack Obama, John Boehner and Enda Kenny on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Marty Katz

Americans love nothing better than a good comeback story. There’s something about the narrative of success, failure and redemption that chimes (...)