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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(...)

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Photograph: Elsa/Getty

Week 10’s main takeaway: Cowboys muddle NFC play-off picture, show life in win against Philadelphia The Cowboys have been one of the most frustratin(...)

 Bryan Cooper: when he lost his job as Gigginstown’s retained rider in the summer of 2017 he  had to start again.  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

In Liberty Hall last Wednesday evening we watched a one-man band lose a fight with himself onstage. Damon Gough, the Manchester singer-songwriter bett(...)

Oisin Murphy riding Roaring Lion to win the Juddmonte  International at York  on August 22nd, 2018. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Roaring Lion is a general 5-4 favourite to give his in-form jockey Oisin Murphy a first Group One success in Ireland in this Saturday’s QIPCO Irish Ch(...)

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Saxon Warrior. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Saxon Warrior has got the green light to try to secure his trainer Aidan O’Brien a first QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes success under the “Irish Champion(...)

Roger Varian: his Realtra ended a run of three wins in a row in the seven furlong for Dermot Weld a year ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ken Condon’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised is set to have one more run in 2018, with a return to France for Longchamp’s Prix de La Foret a like(...)

Lisa McGee: “There can’t only be male Irish writers or playwrights because women are shit at it – there’s something else at work”

Lisa McGee remembers the first time she knew stories from her homeplace could reach further afield. “I was on attachment at the National Theatre,” sh(...)

If at first you don’t succeed, try another moniker. Blood Orange is the highly successful alias of Dev Hynes. His full name is Devonté Hynes, so he is(...)

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