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2019 Punchestown Festival: Richard Johnson  on Defi Du Seuil trails eventual winner Robbie Power on Chacun Pour Soi in The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

It’s been a long wait but eight months after Chacun Pour Soi had the racing world at his feet he returns to action on day two of Leopardstown’s Christ(...)

Dafne Keen as the headstrong, rebellious, adored Lyra Belacqua

There’s something immediately familiar about Lyra Belacqua, the young hero of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials (BBC One, Sunday,(...)

A grey colt yearling pictured in the parade ring in Goffs, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A record €3.2 million Irish sale for a yearling filly at Goff’s annual Orby sale was not enough to prevent a 33 per cent slump in pre-tax profits to €(...)

Cnoc na dTobar pilgrim path in Co Kerry

Irish tourism is booming; a whopping 9.5 million visitors came from overseas last year, almost double our national population. Domestic holidaymakers (...)

‘Some critics of religion such as Dawkins (pictured) and Dennett do indeed point out, convincingly to me, that scientific explanations of the universe are reliable while religious ones are not.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The relationship between science and religion has never been easy but it became much more difficult in Europe after Galileo discovered in 1610 strong (...)

Sovereign and Pádraig Beggy win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has played down the significance of an official attendance of just less than 12,000 at Saturday’s Dubai Duty Fr(...)

Jockey Frankie Dettori (right) celebrates winning the Investec Oaks on Anapurna during Ladies Day of the 2019 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom. Photograph:  John Walton/PA

The Epsom Derby’s 239-year history contains a single dead-heat so the odds are that one horse is enough to win which is good news for veteran trainer (...)

Roaring Lion: Europe’s outstanding three-year-old colt of 2018 is the latest to take a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Classic in Louisville, Kentucky.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It’s 25 years since the French no-hoper Arcangues sped down the Santa Anita stretch and won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, leaving commentator Tom Durkin (...)

Scisys supplies customised software systems and services to the media, space, government and defence sectors. Photograph: iStock

Britain’s Scisys said it would create a holding company incorporated in the Republic as part of a plan to protect the IT services firm from “potential(...)

Donnacha O’Brien riding Ten Sovereigns (left) to win the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes from Jash and Jim Crowley (right) at Newmarket. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ten Sovereigns maintained his unbeaten record with victory in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. The son of No Nay Never made a spectacul(...)

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