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“Not an hour went by without some kind of disruption. It’s a terrible way to start recovery.” Photograph: iStock

If part of a hospital stay is to recover from a procedure or illness, why is it so hard to get any rest? There is more noise and light than is conduc(...)

David Walsh, founder and CEO of Netwatch at its office in Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Eight months after its private equity-fuelled merger with two US companies and one from the UK, the Carlow security monitoring company, Netwatch, has (...)

A portrait of George HW Bush hangs near the registry at the George HW Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Photograph: EPA

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sang to the former US President George HW Bush during his final hours. The tenor sang Silent Night and a Gaelic song, accord(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger, the crime boss and law enforcement informant from Boston, who was killed in Hazelton prison in October. Photograph:  US Marshal Service via The New York Times

An unusual murder mystery is playing out inside the Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. The prime suspects – inmates – are already locked up. The (...)

Limerick’s top scorer Barry Murphy in action against Damien Cahalane and Colm Spillane of Cork during the Fenway Classic final at Fenway Park in Boston. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Limerick 38, Cork 30 All-Ireland champions Limerick rounded off a glorious year by capturing the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic in Boston. Limeri(...)

Hong Ruping, a dialysis patient who illegally imports generic drugs from India for himself and others, at his home in southwestern China. Photorgraph: Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Zhang Zhejun used a fat plastic straw to gently tap the pale yellow pharmaceutical powder on to a piece of silver foil that lay on an electronic scale(...)

The tide washes away a remembrance cross is planted in the sand as volunteers drew depictions of those killed in World War One, part of Danny Boyle’s Pages of The Sea celebrations, on Murlough Beach in Newcastle, Northern Ireland on November 11th Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Eighty-four heads of state and government and international organisations met in Paris on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of th(...)

US secretary of energy Dr Ernest Moniz: “I think after the Paris accord the world is heading to a low-carbon economy.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

There are grounds for optimism on the global response to climate change, though most countries are “off the pace” required to fulfil their obligations(...)

It’s alright for our American friends to have a zero-tolerance approach to smoking but here in the land of passive-aggressive, round-about communication – “God you’re gas! still smoking!” – it’s less straightforward. Photograph: Getty Images

On a recent trip to Germany, I was surprised at the prevalence of smoking. Everyone was smoking, everywhere, all the time, or so it seemed. Actually, (...)

Podge Collins: featured prominently during the summer as Clare enjoyed their best season since 2013.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurling goes global over the next couple of weeks with Galway and Kilkenny meeting for the Wild Geese trophy in Sydney this weekend. The other four o(...)

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