Liam Dowling (44) of Fitzgibbon Court, Fitzgibbon Street, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to killing a protected animal at Clonliffe College. Photograph: Court Collins

A Dublin man who claimed he couldn’t afford vet bills for his sick dog will avoid a jail term for violently killing the animal in a park full of child(...)

‘At a dinner party, “lovely” prawns dripping in garlic butter were served up. Herself gave me that knowing glance across the table, partly sympathetic, partly delighted at my predicament.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Seafood enthusiasts are a bit like cyclists: doggedly self-assured and smug about themselves. It’s their way or the culinary highway. All non-belie(...)

Manny Pacquiao sparring with his trainer Freddie Roach in his last scheduled public appearance before his fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 2nd. Photograph: Afp

On Wednesday Manny Pacquiao was at the Wild Card Boxing Club, a cramped gym in a rundown strip mall, where he trains. He was preparing for his 2 Ma(...)

 Peter McVerry and his dog Jack who are joined by Smokey for their evening walks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Catching Fr Peter McVerry for a chat is like jumping on a moving train. There is a window of opportunity in Belfield once he has addressed the UCD St (...)

Amidst the various paintings of aristocrats and hunting dogs in Sheppard’s “Legacy of the Big House” sale is a painting by a quite unexpected artist. (...)

Snowy is short-legged, and when it comes to dog mating, size definitely does matter because it’s difficult, even for an intelligent dog, to arrange a footstool

We had to find a new dog minder to take Snowy, while we were on holidays in the US. Snowy is a Bichon Frise, a small white fluffy lapdog, a species be(...)

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that: A. You should never start an essay like this and B. the build-up is always worse than the reality. (Unless(...)