Horses and jockeys pounding the sand at the Omey races in Connemara on Sunday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

White horses on the near-Atlantic, wild southeasterlies and Wellington boot weather might make any racecourse manager want to roll over in bed. Not (...)

Clondaw Warrior ridden by Jack Kennedy wins the Guinness Handicap during day five of the Galway Festival at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit. Photograph: PA Wire

Royal Ascot hero Clondaw Warrior starred on the fifth day of the Galway Festival as he burst clear to take the valuable Guinness Handicap and earn a t(...)

Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

Tipperary 0-16 Clare 2-9 Tipperary came from two points down late on to deny Clare at Semple Stadium last night, scoring three points in the dy(...)

Ben Bradlee: the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its coverage of Watergate. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Sir Anthony O’Reilly has paid tribute to his friend Ben Bradlee the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its covera(...)

Weak consumer spending and business investment brought the French economy to a standstill in the first quarter of the year. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

French business activity unexpectedly shrank in May for the first time in three months and industry morale weakened, surveys and data showed today, un(...)

Jackie Kennedy in Waterford, 1967. Her friend  Richard Cushing was criticised for defending her marriage to Aristotle Onassis the following year. Photograph: Colman Doyle /The National Photographic Archive

The revelation that Jacqueline Kennedy carried on a long, candid correspondence with an Irish priest is consistent with her preference for clerical co(...)

 Fr Joseph Leonard, Fr William Purcell and  John F Kennedy at All Hallows College in September 1955.

The importance of Fr Joseph Leonard in the life of the Kennedys was recalled by former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in an interview with The Irish Times la(...)

British households feel under the least financial pressure in more than five years, due to lower inflation and the prospect of higher wages, a (...)

Joe Kennedy with his family when he was US ambassador in London.

In 1848, Patrick Kennedy surveyed the moonscape that was Dunganstown, County Wexford. He regarded both the dead potatoes and his dead neighbours and c(...)