“When a rider goes out, he is open to all scrutiny. Everyone at the track, everyone on TV, gets to see, by and large, every movement that he makes. Everything they do is scrutinised.”

The organisation that represents jockeys in Ireland has said the controversy over Davy Russell striking a horse with his fist at Tramore two weeks ago(...)

A rainfall radar image from 11am on Saturday slowing a band of rain moving over the country from the southwest. Met Éireann has warned of the potential for flooding overnight in some counties with up to 50mms of rain forecast.

Local authorities have been put on alert with torrential rain expected overnight in the south of the country. Up to 50mms of rain (two inches) is ex(...)

Galway players stand for the national anthem before the semi-final against Tipperary. Can they end the long wait since 1988?  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

In an All-Ireland final, there’s a mental battle to be fought and overcome before you ever set foot on the grass. I often found myself taking time in (...)

The River Shannon at Athlone: With only half of all Irish rivers and lakes deemed to be in a healthy state, environmental groups have called for a more robust approach to stopping water pollution and to preventing deterioration in pristine waters.

With only half of all Irish rivers and lakes deemed to be in a healthy state, environmental groups have called for a more robust approach to stopping (...)

During the next three years  an additional 22,800 pupils are expected to enter the Irish education system across primary and secondary. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of children attending primary school is set to peak next year at the highest levels recorded since the baby boom of the 1980s. More than 5(...)

Bishop Denis Nulty with Fr Eugen Dragos in Romania. On his arrival in Ireland, Fr Eugen Dragos will spend time in Carlow, becoming acquainted with Irish life before appointment as curate to the Tinryland parish

An Irish bishop has resorted to going to Romania to recruit priests for his diocese. While the number of priests is dwindling in Ireland, there is a s(...)

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival at Trim Castle

If the thought of heading back to homework, uniforms and school lunches is hard to bear, just think how the kids feel. The best way to brush off the b(...)

Temporary no swim notices have been issued for a beach in Donabate in Dublin and two beaches in Wexford after contamination was detected during routin(...)

Wexford man Shane Kelly (48), and his children (from left) Rosa (14), Maisie (12) and Rudy (8) outside Casa Batlo in the center of Barcelona about an hour before the terrorist attack. Photograph: Alice Gilmour

Moments after Wexford man Shane Kelly, his wife Alice Gilmour and their three children stepped into the Virreina Centre de la Imatge on Barcelona’s La(...)

Cork City’s Kieran Saldier with Ryan Brennan of Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork can give themselves a shot of winning the title in Ballybofey on Monday by beating Sligo Rovers this evening although the visitors, who have draw(...)