Conor Pope walking on fire for Debra Ireland: “As that heat hits my face hard I frantically try to recall the upbeat motivational exhortations by the firewalking trainer.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

It’s easy to be blasé about walking on red-hot coals until the moment comes when you’re standing barefoot just 2ft away from the burning embers and(...)

Australia players push in a maul against Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Like it or loathe it - and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is certainly no fan - the rolling maul has proved an effective try-scoring weapon during the(...)

The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an event at the IBM Watson headquarters in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Irish elite sports firm Orreco is to partner with IBM on its billion-dollar super computer Watson to build an app that will help sports teams to make(...)

Sinead foyle from Co Laois picutred wth her Debs Dress which she bought in Folkster in Temple Bar Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cometh the summer, cometh the debs and cometh the dresses. As the trauma of the Leaving Cert fades and thoughts turn to fashion and celebration, fe(...)

“You like to think, if there are rules and you sign up to those rules, then everybody plays by those rules. There is no grey area,” said Conor O’Shea. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

It’s easy to throw around war metaphors when writing about sports, especially territory-based games like rugby. Some years ago my brother was flatmate(...)

A  handout photo of  New York police department officer Brian Moore, who died on  Monday from injuries received when a man shot him in the head on Saturday. Photograph: New York Times

A New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head died on Monday, the fifth officer shot dead in as many months amid anti-law enfor(...)

A file image of NYPD officers in Times Square. Photograph: AFP

A man wanted for illegal gun possession was charged on Sunday with the attempted murder of a New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in(...)

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

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)

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(...)