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Assistant referee Wayne Barnes waits for the TMO during the game between Italy and Canada in Fukuoka. Barnes seems to be having second thoughts about retiring. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The sun has set on the Rugby World Cup, so it is a fitting moment to say a heartfelt “arigato” to Japan. Returned home, wearied, and perhaps a little(...)

‘There is often a perceived stigma attached to persons who have spent time in prison.’ File photograph: James Forde

Most employers would now consider hiring an ex-prisoner, new research has found, but concerns remain about serious post-release stigma in Ireland. A(...)

 Emily Ruskovich,  winner of the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, for her debut novel Idaho. Photograph: Conor McCabe

I cannot express how grateful I am to be the recipient of this award. It is difficult to know how to respond to the magnitude of this kindness that ha(...)

Seán O’Brien lifts the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after Leinster’s victory over Glasgow Warriors at Celtic Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 18 Glasgow Warriors 15 In the teeming rain and in front of a record final attendance of 47,128 , Leinster had to get down and dirty. That th(...)

The 10 books shortlisted for the  2019 International Dublin Literary Award

The winners of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, the 2017 Man Booker Prize and last year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction are among the 10 novels shortlisted for the(...)

Serial killers Rosemary and Fred West

Looking back at the disturbing case of the serial killers and sexual sadists Fred and Rosemary West, the distress of their crimes is compounded by the(...)

England’s lock Courtney Lawes tackles Wales’ prop Tomas Francis. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Wales 21 England 13 Warren Gatland celebrated his final Six Nations match against England with a dramatic 21-13 victory in Cardiff that continues Wa(...)

Stemple Exchange: Channor’s  two six-storey over basement office blocks  which will front on to the N2-N3 link roads and provide 15,794 sq m (170,000sq ft) of office space

Veolia is leasing 1,022sq m (11,000sq ft) of office space for its new Irish headquarters at Plaza 256 in Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Dublin 15. Th(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Ireland’s  fourth try during the match against Italy in Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 54 Italy 7 Italian job done yet again. It may have taken a while but as so often happens in modern rugby the superior team reaps its rewards (...)

An engineering qualification gives graduates an international edge as their skills can be used anywhere in the world. Photograph: iStockphoto

At the age of 17 or 18, making a big decision about the future is a tough call. Students will no doubt have heard that there are copious job opportuni(...)

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