I’m sitting at a counter in a small cafe, just off Limerick City’s grand Georgian main thoroughfare. The sun streams in through the cafe’s window, shi(...)

Childhood home: John Connors at the camp where he grew up, in north Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

John Connors has felt a rage within him since he was a child, he says. It’s hard to believe when you first meet him. He is gently spoken and greets th(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

Take me to this River: Nicola Walker and Stellan Skarsgard in the most intriguing crime drama on TV this year

It’s rare that the final episode of a drama is as brilliant as the first, but everything about River (BBC One, Tuesday) this week is pitch perfect. T(...)

Cathy Kelly on her new novel, Between Sisters: “One reviewer said it was ‘intelligent, clever fiction’. I like that one.” Photograph: Jill O’Meara

Novelist Cathy Kelly is a global best-seller whose many novels include Lessons in Heartbreak, Someone Like You and Always and Forever. She grew(...)

 Samoa’s Viliamu Afatia is tackled by South Africa’s Lodewyk De Jager and Frans Malherbe during the Rugby World Cup  Pool B match at  Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph:  David Jonjes/EPA

Laager – definition: an encampment formed by a circle of wagons; an entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents. “I see you ar(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

The High Court has cleared the way for a Dublin man to sue the State over alleged malicious prosecution. James Walsh claims he was the victim of a malicious prosecution for allegedly threatening to kill and cause serious harm to journalist Paul Williams. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The High Court has cleared the way for a Dublin man to sue the State over alleged malicious prosecution.James Walsh claims he was the victim of a mali(...)

Fr Michael Cleary: Dublin priest Fr Arthur O’Neill, in a newsletter last June, described media revelations that Fr Cleary had children as ‘exasperating’ and unproven. Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

A Dublin parish priest, rebuked by two Catholic archbishops last June for casting doubt on media reports that Fr Michael Cleary fathered children, has(...)

Michael O’Brien: ‘We decided to create a new literature for Irish children that didn’t exist. The area was dominated by the British, to the extent that they were reinventing Irish culture with very corny Oirish things, while Irish writers, in order to get published, were becoming Anglophile.’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

It’s a publishing house that has pushed boundaries and set new standards in the Irish book world for 40 years, but O’Brien Press was founded in sur(...)