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 Ireland’s Jack McFadden, from Dublin, on his way to winning a Gold Medal in the 200m breaststroke on day four of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Ray McManus/ Sportsfile

Ireland enjoyed another day of medals at the Special Olympic World Games on the fourth day of competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In the(...)

Maureen Byrne from Kilkenny with her granddaughter Lucy Dollard. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Special Olympics athlete Lucy Dollard (25) from Kilkenny takes to the track on Monday for the 100m sprint at the World Games in Abu Dhabi. Although L(...)

Team Ireland during the Special Olympic World Games 2019 opening ceremony in the Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Team Ireland got a taste of the big time on Thursday night when they participated in the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games in the U(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC during his visit to the US. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is to bring forward a package of support measures for businesses, exporters and farmers to Cabinet next week, amid deepening concern ab(...)

Professional golfer Pádraig Harrington with Special Olympians Mark Claffey and Andrew Simington and  Phyl Kelleher, who will play with Andrew in the Alternate Shot event

Commitment, teamwork, courage and skilfulness will be what are required by Ireland’s Special Olympians when they walk out on a global stage at the Spe(...)

Around 10,000 Irish people live in the UAE; around one-third of them are teachers. Photograph: iStock

Irish emigrants in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have advised women who move there against getting a taxi alone. One Irish woman living there says it(...)

Swimmer Aisling Beacom from Wicklow Town and her mother Pam at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The last time Deirdre O’Callaghan (37) represented Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games was in Dublin in 2003, where she picked up a silver med(...)

Fatima Hadi, a 12-year-old displaced Yemeni girl suffering from acute malnutrition, is treated at a hospital in Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah province. Photograph:   Essa Ahmed / AFP

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt arrived in Oman on Friday seeking an end to the four-year war that has devastated Yemen and plunged its populati(...)

Fiid founder Shane Ryan: Ryan says convenience is his major goal and has centred his food products on this

When it comes to food innovation it’s all about finding a niche and putting a new twist on it. Shane Ryan, Katerina Kazantza, Artjom Blackred and Sju(...)

Pope Francis called this week’s Rome meeting to raise awareness globally about clerical child sexual abuse, highlighting it is not just a “western” problem. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A four-day meeting of Catholic bishops and other senior clergy begins at the Vatican on Thursday to address the issue of clerical child sexual abuse. (...)

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