Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Authorised biography is a tricky business for any filmmaker, particularly when the material spans nine decades and details the life of the lately depa(...)

A street in Kabul: can lessons be learned in Afghanistan from the experience of Northern Ireland? Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Behind the debate on whether Gerry Adams can really be regarded as a mini-Mandela lies a suggestion that the conflicts in South Africa and Northern Ir(...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)

Nelson Mandela with Bono in 2002. ‘I, like everyone else, was mesmeri
sed by his deft manoeuvering as leader of South Africa,’ says the U2 frontman. Photograph: AP Photo/Juda Ngwenya

As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going bac(...)

 Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu prays during a televised address to the nation on late South African president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa, today. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

For 27 years, I knew Nelson Mandela by reputation only. I had seen him once, in the early 1950s, when he came to my teacher-training college to judge (...)

Listening to Nelson Mandela addressing the Dáil  were the Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Treacy (top left), and (on right) the Taoiseach, Mr Haughey, and members of his cabinet. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

02 July, 1990 The Taoiseach, (Deputy Haughey), the Leader of the Fine Gael Party (Deputy Dukes), the Leader of the Progressive Democrats (Deput(...)

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and and then US president Ronald Reagan are seen at the  White House in February 1985.  Photograph/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama has led tributes from world leaders to Margaret Thatcher, saying: “The world has lost one of the great champions of (...)