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Blue tits rely on a steady supply of caterpillars on which to feed their young chicks in spring, and this requires co-ordinated timing. Photograph: iStock

For nature, timing is everything. The return of swallows and cuckoos marks the start of summer. These charismatic African migrants get all the attenti(...)

Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune is tackled by Montpellier’s  Yacouba Camara  during the the French Top 14 game at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Toulouse are facing something of an injury crisis at centre ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup match against Munster at Thomond Park (3.0) aft(...)

British wine expert Steven Spurrier (right), pictured in 1975, died on March 9th at his home in Dorset, England, aged 79. Photograph: Watford/Mirrorpix via Getty

Steven Spurrier Born: October 5th, 1941 Died: March 9th, 2021 The world was paying little attention on May 24th, 1976, when a small wine tasting was (...)

 Ireland’s Keith Earls and Peter O’Mahony: both players have been offered new contracts with the IRFU. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Keith Earls is believed to have agreed a new one-year deal with the IRFU to remain with Munster for at least another season and others among the seven(...)

Irish abroad: chef Andrew Walsh moved to Singapore in 2012

Andrew Walsh is chef-owner of Cure, Butcher Boy, Catfish and Bao Boy in Singapore. From Breaffy, in Co Mayo, he left Ireland in 2002 to go backpacking(...)

Nothing has spurred on the growth of virtual running and walking challenges than our worlds becoming smaller due to Covid. Photograph: iStock

In recent weeks I have been discussing goals with the runners I coach. This year our focus has moved away from traditional races towards more creative(...)

ONA aunched in 2016 thanks to crowdfunding from supporters and a loan from a green bank. Photograph: iStock

A vegan restaurant in France has has become the first such eatery in the country to be awarded a Michelin star. ONA – which stands for Origine Non An(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster in the final at the Aviva Stadium in September. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reaction to the probability of the four South African Super Rugby franchises joining an expanded Pro 16 has been mixed. By and large, the response(...)

A staff member checks the body temperature of students at the entrance of the Islamabad Model College of Commerce for Girls in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 29.27 million people have been reported to be infected by coronavirus globally and 926,716 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infect(...)

Stephen Roche in the yellow jersey during the 1987 Tour de France. Photograph:  Nutan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

The question of which Irish rider has worn the most yellow jerseys in the Tour de France typically throws most people: few guess Shay Elliott and Step(...)

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