The ambulance used to transport a patient with possible Ebola symptoms is parked outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A man in Massachusetts who was being evaluated at a Boston hospital for a possible Ebola infection does not appear to have the deadly disease, offici(...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Last gasp of the Celtic Tiger, as builders take a morning break on Pearse Street, Dublin in August, 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:56

Everybody wants to know when the government will really ease up on austerity and let us live a little. The latest official figures – showing sparkling(...)

Conor McGregor took his professional MMA record to 15-2 with a TKO of Dustin Poirier at MGM Grand in Ls Vegas.  Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Conor McGregor announced the dawn of “the new era of the fighting Irish” after his patented left hook brought an end to his bout with Dustin Poirier (...)

Dubliner Conor McGregor (left) has entralled the Irish public when he beat Diego Brandao of Brazil at the O2 Arena, Dublin, in a UFC fight in July. Photograph: Inpho.

On New Year’s Day 2011, Dustin Poirier made his UFC debut and began the journey towards his showdown with Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand Arena in Las(...)

Deirdre O’Kane as Christine Noble in Noble

How do you capture a personality so enormous as Christina Noble? Over the last quarter of a century, the indomitable Dubliner has toiled energ(...)

Shantel Jackson: ex-fiancee of Floyd Mayweather jnr looks on as her attorney Gloria Allred holds up a photograph of the couple after announcing a lawsuit against the boxer for battery, assault, invasion of privacy, defamation and false imprisonment. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

As preparation for his rematch with Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather jnr has been practising a very pe(...)

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.   works out during a media day at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Steve Marcus / Reuters

The world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather has criticised the NFL for its indefinite suspension of Ray Rice over the now notorious video that appears (...)

Unflappable: Nancy Ashmawy

Earlier this summer a researcher from a BBC radio programme contacted me to talk about Mrs Brown’s Boys. Many viewers in Britain, she said, thought Br(...)

Conor McGregor: adept at pre-fight ‘trash talk’. Photograph: David Sleator

TV3 Group isn’t the only broadcaster looking to pull in viewers via the mixed martial arts magic of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Setanta Spor(...)