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Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

Champion Hurdle contender Laurina on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse on Sunday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cheltenham’s authorities are bracing for a late winter weather kick with a wind warning in place for Day Two of the festival on Wednesday. After mont(...)

BetBright’s Dublin office will now be integrated into the 888 group. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Global gambling group 888 is buying Irish-based Betbright, the online bookie backed by racehorse owner and former banker Rich Ricci in a deal worth £1(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last year was the greatest 12 months in the history of Irish rugby. After the extreme highs of a Grand Slam, a winning series in Australia and defeati(...)

Sequencing is important in sports: penalty shoot-outs in football, service order in tennis tie-breaks and choice of colour in chess matches. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

It is common practice in science to name important advances after the first discoverer or inventor. However, this process often goes awry. A humorous (...)

Gordon Elliott gives instructions to jockeys during the stable visit to his yard at Cullentra House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As the superstar mare Apple’s Jade cantered ahead of a long line of 42 stable companions on Tuesday morning her trainer Gordon Elliott was asked if al(...)

 Gordon Elliott celebrates winning the Champion Hurdle   with Apple’s Jade. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As the billionaire chief executive of one of the world’s biggest airlines, Michael O’Leary is used to making decisions. But the Ryanair boss faces a d(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony in action against the All Blacks. Will Ireland lift the Rugby World Cup this year in Japan? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“What’ve you got there?” “I’m not sure, found it up in the attic. It’s some sort of glass ball.” “Looks like one of those old crystal balls, doesn’t(...)

The buildings of Plagne Centre and village of Plagne 1800 in the French Alps: the La Plagne region features 11 villages and accessibility between places is good.

My guide yells something incomprehensible in my direction. “What?” I yell back. “Fiachradh, you are off-piste!” Judging by the soft snow on my side (...)

Footpad, with Ruby Walsh on board,  lost his unbeaten record with a shock defeat at Naas earlier this month. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Last season’s outstanding novice chaser Footpad could return to action over two miles at Christmas. Footpad lost his unbeaten record with a shock def(...)

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