Leinster full-back Rob Kearney at the launch of the ‘Head On’ concussion management programme in February. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

‘Tackle him, Winter!” bellowed my schoolmaster from the touchline. A pupil at Belfast Royal Academy, where obedience was prized and rugby demanded a (...)

Donnie Campbell and Andrew Murray high in the Namib Dunes. Photograph: Johnny Graham, DigitalPict Photography

There is no doubt that ultra-running medic Andrew Murray is up for a challenge. The doctor has completed an ultra-marathon on each continent in seven (...)

A massed planting of Betula ‘Fascination’ in Helen Dillon’s Dublin front garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Gardening: Time to hug the trees

I am a tree hugger. In fact, I might as well nail my colours to the mast right now and say that I see nothing wrong – and an awful lot right – with(...)

Michael James Ford and Gerard Lee in Mangan's Last Gasp

Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin *** Do poets get the biographies they deserve? Or is it bette(...)