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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(...)

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Greece on Tuesday plans to mark a milestone in its recovery from a bruising financial crisis when it sells 10-year debt for the first time in nine ye(...)

‘I should probably consider retiring from running now, quit at the top as they say, but I still have my 5k race to come.’ Photograph: iStock

This is the last week of my Get Running challenge. I completed the “big one” today, a 30-minute consecutive run. I felt more confident going into thi(...)

A  statue of Alexander the Great in Skopje, Macedonia: has 28 years of prevarication and chicanery come to an end?  Photograph Akos Stiller/The New York Times

The “Prespes agreement”, which brings into existence the newly named state of the “Republic of North Macedonia”, has been ratified by both the Skopje (...)

Many European mainlanders remember ‘the squelch of carts laden with possessions on muddy tracks’. Above, the evacuation of Paris in 1940. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does the EU want? This simple question has foxed Brits throughout the Brexit talks. It is alleged that Brussels is desperate to retain Britain; t(...)

Travelling with teenagers can be the best fun; they have insights and opinions on everything they see while you don’t have to worry so much about losing them in a crowd. Photograph: Getty Images

One day you wake up to discover strangers in your home and it turns out you are required to feed them (constantly), pay their bills and put up with th(...)

Protesters clash with riot police in Athens on Sunday during a demonstration against the agreement with Skopje to rename neighbouring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police outside parliament in Athens on Sunday during a rally that drew tens of thousands of people demonstrating against the (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and members of his government applaud after winning a confidence vote in the parliament in Athens on Wednesday. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday, clearing a major hurdle for Greece’s approval of an ac(...)

Ghaythaa Abdualdahab  in Mosney Provision Centre in Co Louth: “What I want now is for my children to learn the language and integrate into Irish society.” Photograph: James Forde

Ghaythaa Abdualdahab first began feeling physically unwell when she heard her daughter’s husband had been killed. Even before his death she was desper(...)

Prime minister Zoran Zaev  after Macedonian lawmakers vote to change the country’s name to ‘the Republic of North Macedonia’ at the parliament in Skopje. Photograph:  Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution on Friday to rename the country Republic of North Macedonia, in line with an agreement (...)

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