Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria. Pictures shows the aftermath of an air strike near Tikrit from Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria. One of the staff members is in a critical(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: was named under-21 player of the year at the 3-sponsored FAI International awards. Photograph: Reuters

Jack Grealish has signalled his intention to make himself available for the Republic of Ireland at the start of next season. Asked about his positi(...)

Sepp Blatter: the Fifa president has been accused of abdicating his responsibility by failing to debate the future of the game. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

The 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will take place on December 18th, Fifa has confirmed, allowing the English domestic programme to potentially resum(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives to attend a conference on Ebola on Tuesday in  Brussels. Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa attend an international conference in Brussels  to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges. Photograph: AFP

Western countries must continue their efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic which is continuing to claim hundreds of lives in west Africa, according to(...)

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has launched an alternative Easter Rising programme to the State events for next year’s centenary commemorations. Sinn Féin President Gerry (...)

Affection for Fifa President Joseph S. Blatter stems from the generous financial assistance he has given Africa during his 17-year tenure. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

African countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections, senior officials said on Tuesday.“Africa is solidly behind (...)

 John O’Shea starting one of the Goal Mile runs at  Leopardstown race course on Christmas Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Noel Carroll always said the day you’re too busy to go for a run is the day you’re too busy. And in saying that he definitely meant Christmas Day, to(...)

A robbery at a Co Westmeath charity shop is being investigated by gardaí.

A robbery at a Co Westmeath charity shop is being investigated by gardaí.The culprits broke through two fortified doors and a security gate to force t(...)

Joseph Rodgers, left, and Mick Fleming taking the plunge at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin on Christmas morning for the annual Christmas Day Swim. Photograph:  Frank Miller

For the kids Organise your own grotto and raise money for a charity of your choice. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and after an initial outla(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)