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Romania and Bulgaria have the lowest EU vaccination rates, with 31.5%  and 18.8%  of their respective populations having received at least one dose – well below the EU average of 69.7%  and Ireland on 85.1%. Photograph: Getty Images

Romania’s government has confirmed that it plans to start delivering coronavirus vaccines to Ireland in the coming weeks, rejecting fears that the dea(...)

Hurling had been brought from Ireland by the Irish emigrants who came to Argentina from 1830 onwards

Many years ago I took part in a hurling puck-about at the Instituto Fahy in the Moreno suburb of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. The hurlers were(...)

Victor Matfield controls the maul to set up the try for Heinrich Brussow of South Africa during the first Test match between the   Springboks and the   Lions at  Kings Park Stadium on June 20th, 2009 in Durban. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

You could write the definitive book on life and rugby based on the opening Tests of a British & Irish Lions series alone. It would cover every emo(...)

 A couple taking a photograph with their health books after getting vaccinated in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Villa Crespo in Argentina. Photograph: EPA/Demian Alday Estevez

Argentina’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is facing a “very critical situation” because of delays in receiving vital second doses of the Sputnik V va(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar brought a memo on the study to Cabinet on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Mercosur trade deal between the EU and four South American countries would boost Irish exports by more than €1 billion while leading to a “margina(...)

Pope Francis leading Sunday’s Angelus prayers from the balcony of his room at the Gemelli hospital, in Rome. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis, seeming in good overall condition, appeared in public on Sunday for the first time since undergoing intestinal surgery a week ago and ma(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus prayer from the window of his study overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican earlier on July 4th, 2021. Photograph: Andreas Solaro / AFP

Pope Francis is alert, breathing without assistance, and in a good overall condition following surgery to remove part of his colon, the Vatican said o(...)

Protest against President Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic. Photograph: MIchael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images

In a week which saw Brazil set a new record for daily infections of Covid-19, the country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, stepped up his campai(...)

After recording more than 30 million cases of malaria annually in the 1940s, China implemented an eradication programme that by the late-1990s had brought annual cases to about 117,000 and reduced deaths by 95 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

China has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation in what the UN agency described as a “notable feat” given the high prevalence of(...)

Patrick and Daniel McNally at the Alcock and Brown memorial in Connemara. Photograph. Frank McNally

With the wisdom of hindsight, probably, I should have taken a leaf out of a 1907 travel book, by William Bulfin. When Bulfin set out on the road trip (...)

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