Shane Long during training in Warsaw Photograph: Adam Holt/Reuters

The enormity of Shane Long’s most recent international goal may still be dawning on him. He may or may not have heard his mother discussing that bulle(...)

The entrance to the halting site on Glenamuck road, Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Books of condolence will be open in Dublin on Sunday in memory of the ten people who died in a fire at a halting site in Carrickmines. They will be l(...)

Polish head coach Adam Nawalka (L) and striker Robert Lewandowski (R)  Photograph: Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA

Poland’s coach Adam Nawalka has reiterated his belief that “for the time being Robert Lewandowski is the best number nine in the world” in what was co(...)

Ireland’s Alan Browne scores the third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Rep of Ireland 3-0 Lithuania The Republic of Ireland under-21s have taken an early lead in their Uefa Championship qualification group after t(...)

Italian Airforce planes mark Republic Day in Rome. There is a strong case to be made for such a public holiday here. Getty

Ryan Tubridy is not happy with our governors. On his RTÉ Radio 1 show last week, Tubridy criticised the Cabinet’s rejection of a proposal from the Oir(...)

Sombreros: Banned at the University of East Anglia lest they cause offence. Getty

Two weeks ago the student union of the University of East Anglia banned a Tex-Mex restaurant called Pedro’s from distributing sombreros during fresher(...)

Senator Edward Kennedy giving a news conference about an immigration bill in Washington on May 16th, 2007. A new book about the late politician by his youngest son has provoked strife within the Kennedy family. Photograph: Jamie Rose/The New York Times

The real-life American soap opera that is The Kennedys continued this week with the latest episode being a very public row between immediate family me(...)

The children of Halima Hawad Al Ali and Abdulmouti Al Ibrahim  at their home in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Ted Nieters

On their small family farm in the countryside north of Aleppo, where Abdelmouti and his wife Halima grew just enough cotton and fruit to sustain their(...)

Gerry Adams: The responses point to the continued isolation of Sinn Féin from the political mainstream. Photograph: The Irish Times

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker famously said some years ago that mainstream politicians know what to do but just don’t know how to (...)

When I think of Italian food, the first thing that comes to mind is setting the table. It is a ritual carried out with great attention in all Italian homes. Photograph: Eric Luke

Italian cuisine is a cultural and social art form that has developed over hundreds of years, revered by most and misrepresented by many. In my new (...)