England came agonisingly close to their first Six Nations title since 2011. Photograph: Reuters 2:49

Before this year’s Six Nations championship there was a not so quiet confidence in England that this would be their year - the tournament where they c(...)

George Ford was given a masterclass by Johnny Sexton in England’s 19-9 defeat to Ireland on Sunday. (EPA/Aidan Crawley) 4:25

This morning, all around the country, people will be walking into work with beaming smiles on their faces - the afterglow of Ireland’s victory yest(...)

Gerald Dawe: ‘Do it because you want to and not for any other reason, and stick at it no matter what.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. What was your favourite book as a child? Treasure Island(...)

A sort of photographic antithesis of Bobby Moore’s post shirt-swap embrace with Pelé in 1970, it is one of the iconic World Cup images. Four years aft(...)

Peaches Geldof and her husband Thomas Cohen who has led tributes to the 25-year-old who was found dead at her home yesterday. Photograph: Getty

Thomas Cohen, the husband of Peaches Geldof, led a flood of tributes to his “beloved” late wife, saying that he and the couple’s two sons “shal(...)

Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)

Sports commentator David Coleman. Photograph: BBC/PA Wire

David Coleman, who has died aged 87, was a major figure, perhaps the major figure, of that distant era when television broadcasts of Britain’s nationa(...)

Mary Beckett’s reputation as one of contemporary Ireland’s finest writers rests on two collections of short stories, A Belfast Woman and A Literary Wo(...)

 Manu Tuilagi is set to be sidelined for “weeks, leading to months potentially” after suffering a suspected torn pectoral muscle.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Manu Tuilagi is a serious doubt for England’s autumn international fixtures after Leicester boss Richard Cockerill revealed the powerful centre has su(...)

Egyptian author and activist Ahdaf Soueif: spoke with the insight as well as the experience of a seasoned liberal campaigner. Photograph: Tony McElhinney

The brine-laden air of Bantry may seem a far cry from Cairo, but rarely can a literary event have coincided so dramatically with a popular up-rising a(...)