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Shane Crosse wins the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes on Thundering Nights at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A change is as good as a rest, as they say, so it was nice to take a break from Euro 2020 and visit the Curragh instead, safe in the knowledge that th(...)

Kevin Manning aboard Mac Swiney (right) wins the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes last year.

Jim Bolger’s Mac Swiney has an opportunity to stamp some authority on the Epsom Derby picture when lining up in Sunday’s feature at Leopardstown. Ha(...)

David Rooney. Photograph: Jaro Waldeck

Jet-black darkness rolls down off the Sugarloaf. Some inky Wicklow noir drenches a visual artist and musician who lives in a small clutch of cottages (...)

As an artist he has travelled a long way both geographically and metaphorically – so it makes sense that Declan O’Rourke’s seventh album should be cal(...)

Night Astrophotography Milky Way Starry Giants Causeway Northern Ireland

Chances are you will come across a few products during the month that are named after a celestial object. One noticeable brand is Subaru cars. Their b(...)

Twilight Payment ridden by Jye McNeil (No 6) on the way to victory   in the Melbourne Cup at the Flemington Racecourse. Photograph: George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos/AFP via  Getty Images

Another remarkable family success for Joseph O’Brien in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup was marred by fatal injuries sustained in the race by his father Aidan(...)

The Colossus design blueprints and computers built were deliberately destroyed after the second World War, and their historical existence remained a state secret until the 1970s.

The UK has a long history of engineering invention and commercialisation, in part due to military exigencies. The world’s first tank was the UK’s Mk1,(...)

How is it that the world can be understood mathematically? Einstein addressed it repeatedly, once asking ‘How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought, independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?’ Photograph: AP

Applied mathematics is the use of maths to address questions and solve problems outside maths itself. Counting money, designing rockets and vaccines,(...)

Galileo Galilei’s signature is seen on a document displayed during the exhibition “Lux in Arcana, the Vatican secret Archives reveals itself” at the Capitoline Museums in Rome in 2012. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) before the Roman Inquisition is frequently cited to demonstrate that science and the Catholic Church are(...)

Our nearest neighbour in space has been part of human culture since time immemorial. File photograph: Getty

Reading through Galileo’s work Sidereus Nuncius you get a sense of not just the thrill of discovery, but of a keen eye seeing Earth’s sculpted landsca(...)

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