City rooftop garden designed by Paul Martin

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be temporarily donning the hat of horticultural agony aunt as I help Irish Times readers tackle some of their thorniest (...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “Nobody can say I moan about injuries.” Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

José Mourinho believes the teams he has managed receive more criticism than others because they are serial winners and other people have “different st(...)

Kevin De Bruyne during Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Napoli. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

“He just held on to one of the posts and refused to let go. He was in a rage. Three of us tried to pull him away from it but we didn’t manage.” Kevin(...)

 Antonio Conte responded to Jose Mourinho’s veiled barb after Chelsea conceded a two-goal lead to draw with Roma. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to José Mourinho’s observation that “other managers cry and cry and cry” about injuries to their players, a criticis(...)

Roma’s Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during their Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Chelsea 3 Roma 3 Chelsea halted a losing run here but, even in the knowledge that their leadership of this group is maintained, Antonio Conte will no(...)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “We have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Antonio Conte has conceded Chelsea’s “thin” senior squad will force him to take risks in his team selection in the weeks ahead with a perceived lack o(...)

 Wilfried Zaha:  capped a  superb individual  display by scoring  the winning goal against Chelsea in the London derby at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 1 Timid, listless and toothless in their first seven matches; vibrant, inspired and potent against the Premier League cham(...)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte  looks dejected after his side’s defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, in London, England. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Antonio Conte has warned that Chelsea will find it difficult to defend the title after their shock defeat by Crystal Palace and questioned whether his(...)

 Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fires past Chelsea goalkeeper  Thibaut Courtois to score his side’s second goal  during the Premier League match  at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace deservedly claimed a first Premier League win of the season with a 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea at Se(...)

Juan Mata celebrates after scoring for Manchester United: “You see so many players with physical qualities. They are quick and strong but they don’t make the right decisions.” Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Ninety minutes with Juan Mata is a time full of space and light. It’s a little like watching him play football, where his intelligence and vision are(...)