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The cropped grass cliff-top provided a series of safe vantage points from which to peer down into inlets of churning grey and white ocean.

There is nowhere like northwest Mayo: a wide land of sea, sky, mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, islands, cliffs and headlands. It is a coastal landsca(...)

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There was always going to be some element of luck needed for both Mark English and Thomas Barr if they were to make a World Championships final in the(...)

Thomas Barr: Waterford athlete broke his own record in Rome

Thomas Barr has knocked a quarter of a second off his own Irish record over the 400 metres hurdles – a brilliant leap in a technically and physically (...)

Airtricity spokeswoman said the company was ‘really sorry’. Photograph: David Sleator

Normally the queries we deal with on this page are from readers treated shabbily by companies after they have signed up and parted with money. Toda(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “We don’t know who these men are we don’t know what they have done since they arrived among us in their banishment. But we need to know. And we intend to find out.” File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A Cheann Comhairle, Dáil Éireann meets today to discuss allegations made by Ms Maíria Cahill against the IRA and that organisation’s handling of them.(...)

Thomas Barr: competes against reigning world champion Jehue Gordon over 400m hurdles. Photograph: Inpho

Time is fast running out for Irish athletes still trying to qualify for the European Championships. The deadline is Sunday week, with the championship(...)

Thomas Barr celebrates his victory in last year’s 400m hurdles at the AAI Senior Track & Field Championships at  Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin. “It’s now all about refining and perfecting the technique as much as possible.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Nine years, nine months and nine days,” he tells me, off the top of his head – pretty impressive considering Thomas Barr wasn’t even born when Edwin (...)

  Manu Tuilagi  will play oin the right wing for England against New Zealand. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi has been warned to expect an aerial bombardment as New Zealand seek to expose the England wing’s inexperience in his new position.Tuilag(...)

“The South Pole Inn is not a pub where you should ever complain about the weather. It is of course named in honour of its former owner, the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who unlike most Irish people, knew what bad weather really meant.”

One pleasant afternoon over Easter, I found myself sitting at the counter of the South Pole Inn in Annascaul, Co Kerry, with my eyes fastened on a boo(...)

Damian Barr: has written a deeply sad book about a child abused for being different while living in a poverty-stricken, alcohol-damaged Scottish household. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty
Maggie and him

Damian Barr can make you laugh when he’s talking about sad things. His father’s initial reaction to the news that he was gay, for example, sounds funn(...)

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