Running back Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs is getting  a  free  college  education in return for bringing his considerable talents to bear for the Bulldogs every autumn.   Photograph: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Todd Gurley is routinely described as a freak of nature: he’s 6ft 1in, tips the scales at 16½ stone and has run the 100-metre in 10.7 seconds. Gurley(...)

Telling his story: Peter Murphy with Donal MacIntyre of TV3

Peter Murphy, son of former Bishop of Galway Eamon Casey and Annie Murphy is now 38. He sells consumer electronics in a store near Boston. He was in D(...)

Arthur Pennell and Peter Murphy, at the time of the revelation that Peter was the son of Eamon Casey. Photograph Matt Kavanagh

A frosty reception from Bishop Eamon Casey and his then comparatively affluent circumstances in Galway prompted the 1992 call to The Irish Times which(...)

Publisher Arianna Huffington told students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts:  “What I urge you to do is not just take your place at the top of the world, but to change the world”. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It is that time of year when famous people put on baggy black capes and peculiar hats in order to hold forth on university lawns to thousands o(...)

Mary Lavin’s daughters (from left)  Valdi MacMahon, Liz Peavoy and  Caroline Walsh at a mews in Lad Lane that was once their home. Photograph: David Sleator

On the last day of August 1967, the author Mary Lavin boarded the SS United States with her(...)