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England’s Sam Simmonds has emphasised the importance of the breakdown battle.  “It’s frustrating, but it can only be improved by us. We know we have to be better at it.”  Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/getty

Possession is nine-tenths of the law is an aphorism that translates to rugby with an appreciable resonance. Ireland will chase a third Grand Slam in (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recrui(...)

Barcelona’s Paulinho and Lionel Messi celebrate after the match. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 0 Lionel Messi’s 600th goal carried Barcelona closer to the league title, his eighth at the club. As the ball hit the net(...)

When choosing decor for high-end properties, having the benefit of a cultural education can prove a distinct asset

“You don’t need a degree to succeed in business,” is a mantra my mother has always repeated to me, explicitly praising to the heavens the likes of Sir(...)

Conor Pope and Paula Mendes stand in the Globe of Death, as Maycon Douglas and Lucius Zafalon ride their bikes during the Cirque Berserk at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was probably a mistake to place my life in the hands of a small knife-wielding Czech man with a huge top hat without asking him a single question a(...)

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

‘ I changed career, learned a new language, found my passion. It was exciting, liberating, and, at times, really lonely.’

“I’m moving back to Europe”. This is my line about leaving Argentina in May. After five years of inflation, instability and muling basic necessities l(...)

As Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors rolled out their electric cars for the mass market in 2010, Japanese manufacturers placed enthusiastic bets on a surge(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

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