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Teacher Ciara Ashmore   engages children in the  Pax Good Behaviour Game, an educational behaviour-based programme, at St Joseph’s National School in Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s Friday afternoon before the midterm break at St Joseph’s School in Coolock, Dublin, and the pupils are sporting their fancy dress costumes. You (...)

Can Leicester City defend their Premier League title in 2016/17. Photograph: Getty Images

Arsenal Not for the first time Arsenal find themselves needing a striker, a defender and have real doubts about the long-term future of Arsène Weng(...)

Andy Carroll will miss four months of the new season prompting West Ham to seek another striker. Carroll featurred in just 16 games last season. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is targeting at least one new forward after the club announced that Andy Carroll will be sidelined for four months. T(...)

Wexford’s Matthew O’Hanlon with Colin Fennelly of Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho.

Kilkenny 4-22Wexford 2-16 Despite producing a spirited f(...)

Ian Byrne finished with a tally of 0-10 as he drove Wexford to a six-point victory over struggling Laois at Wexford Park. Wexford struggl(...)

The Guinness harp, which was in use  “some fifty years or more before the founding of the state”

Attempts by Ireland 30 years ago to register the harp as a state symbol under international trademark law ran into difficulties over fears it might im(...)

England’s Owen Farrell scores a try against Australia  at Twickenham in London. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

England 20 Australia 13England launched a year described by head coach Stuart Lancaster as “defining” with a spirited 20-13 victory over Australia at(...)

US president Barack Obama addresses a crowd of students, teachers, business leaders and members of Congress before signing the America Invents Act at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on September 16th, 2011, in Alexandria, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Across the globe the first inventor to file a patent – rather than the first to invent – is the one who takes the spoils, regardless of who might have(...)

Those who haven’t been to LA disguise their aversion to it with a line of harmless rhetorical questioning, usually concerning the car. Isn’t it ver(...)