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Michael Harrington: “There is nothing better than feeling nature all around you.”
Why I Love . . . Hiking

I guess you’d call hiking “soft” adventure. It’s thrilling, but an attainable experience for many people. Luckily for me, hiking is something I’ve man(...)

England wing Jonny May has recovered from his shoulder injury to face Scarlets in the  Heineken Champions Cup.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leicester Tigers v Scarlets, Welford Road , 7.45 (Live on BT Sport) The Scarlets may have to rekindle some of the character they demonstrated last se(...)

Seán O’Brien, Peter McCabe, Bundee Aki and Eoin Griffin at a Connacht squad training sesion at Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland will make his Connacht debut, Tom Farrell has recovered from illness, Bundee Aki makes his first start of the season alongside him in m(...)

A farmer harvesting coca leaves in the department of Cauca, Colombia. The UN report estimated that enough coca was grown to produce 1,379 tonnes  of cocaine – up 31 per cent on 2016. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/GettyImages)

Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to b(...)

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Educat(...)

Polish head coach Jerzy Brzeczek  talks to his players at a  training session in Wroclaw, Poland before the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland.  Photograph: Jan Karwowski/EPA

If Martin O’Neill feels slightly aggrieved, and it is seems pretty safe to say he does right now, over the speed at which people have started to specu(...)

 Ecuador has opened a ‘humanitarian corridor’ to allow masses of migrants escaping Venezuela’s free-falling economy to stream towards the Peruvian border. Photograph: AFP

The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Na(...)

PJ Gallagher and Una McKevitt. When did you last cry? “Watching the Irish women’s hockey team. It’s sport I knew absolutely nothing about. Protestant hurling.”

When did you last cry? Una: Watching about five episodes of This Is Us. PJ: Watching the Irish women’s hockey team. It’s sport I knew absolutely not(...)

The new five and ten Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar) bills. As it tries to curb hyperinflation - which, by some measurements, is the worst in Latin American history - the government is also slashing fuel subsidies and raising the minimum wage by 3,000 per cent.

Venezuela resorted to desperate measures to arrest an economic collapse on Monday, lopping five zeros off the bolívar, devaluing it by 95 per cent and(...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

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