Sam Bennett of Ireland and Bora-Hansgrohe celebrates as he crosses the line to win the Men’s Towards Zero Race Melbourne during the 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on January 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Although he went extremely close to a stage victory in the Giro d’Italia, taking one second place plus a hat trick of thirds, Sam Bennett’s Bora-hansg(...)

Seamus Heaney at his old primary school, Anahorish, Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

The diverse voices from John Quinn’s radio programmes now speak to us from the printed page; each describes a special place. Childhood experiences lea(...)

Carmel O’Brien , co-ordinator of the Kilmaley Meitheal Spring Clean, with  roadside dumping in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Carmel O’Brien lives in the village of Kilmaley, about 10km west of Ennis in Co Clare. It is an area of pleasant, rolling countryside, blanketed with(...)

Sam Bennett (left) finishes third behind Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia in Reggio Emilia. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images.

He has already exceeded what he has done in Grand Tours in the past, but after netting his third podium spot in the Giro d’Italia, Sam Bennett is not (...)

Sam Bennett: hopeful of getting a result on Friday’s stage of the  Giro d’Italia.   Photograph: Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

Having taken ninth on stage one and third on Wednesday’s fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia, Sam Bennett kept his powder dry on Thursday’s leg of the ra(...)

Fishing boats prepare to join the search for missing Rescue 116 crew members Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby at Ballyglass Pier, Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

While debris from Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 is still being washed up by the Atlantic, the search for its two missing airmen will continu(...)

 There are growing fears that the Bus Éireann strike could spread to Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Transport Shane Ross will insist strongly again on Wednesday he will not intervene directly in the crisis at Bus Éireann which could brin(...)

Carrick-on-Suir native  Sam Bennett rides with the NetApp Endura team. Photograph: Getty Images.

Twelve months ago Sam Bennett expressed optimism that a changed approach to training would result in performance improvements but, heading into 2017,(...)

From the bottom it looks intimidating but it is a straightforward walk up a narrow track across the scree under the cliffs.

There are few experiences more satisfying in the mountains than ascending the steep ground beside a waterfall as it cascades down into silent plunge p(...)

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a car crash in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Frank Miller

A man has died after a car crash in Co Kilkenny on Thursday evening. The collision involved two vehicles and occurred on the N24 at Belline and Roge(...)

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