Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

International art fairs are like art supermarkets for the wealthy, and they have come to dominate the contemporary-art market. Art biennials, on the o(...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

In Hawick they say that if you catch Stuart Hogg you get to make a wish, a homily to the jagged sidesteps, jarring acceleration and the gentle pitter-(...)

Brian McCarthy has worked with the Ireland team since 2003, but has decided to pursue a new challenge in Sydney. Photograph: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

It started simply enough. Brian McCarthy was a school teacher and volunteer coach in Kerry who, inspired in his own youth by the genius of players lik(...)

Ronaldo is eyeing up a potential return to football with NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Former Brazil forward Ronaldo said on Wednesday he will try to get back into shape with an eye on coming out of retirement to play for North American (...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)

 Angel di Maria of Real Madrid is surrounded by Atletico  Madrid players during the Supercopa first leg the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday, as the Argentine’s move to Manchester United edged c(...)

George Best: where did it all go wrong?

The other night, pretty drunk at the end of the evening, my friend asked if I wanted to go for a “proper” drink. Thank God those days are over for (...)

George Best, tackled: Immortal
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Given all the ink previously devoted to George Best you’d be forgiven for thinking there was little new to be added to the subject, yet Duncan Hamilto(...)

Brendan Behan: The Irish aren’t alone in making a lot of space in our lives for alcohol, but we’re ahead of the pack in embracing it. Men like George Best, Behan, Alex Higgins and Richard Harris make many of us feel proud largely because of their hellraising, not in spite of it. Photograph: Hulton Getty

There was a massive man with a massive reputation in Enniskillen. The story was that, in a single session, he could routinely knock back 20 pints and(...)