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 German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron at the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  EPA/Yves Herman/EPA

Several countries in Europe reported record numbers of daily cases of coronavirus as the continent struggles to contain the virus spread. Germany’s d(...)

People sit on a bar terrace  in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

The French government has ordered the closure of bars and cafés in Paris for two weeks from Tuesday after declaring the city and its nearest suburbs t(...)

Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

Souryan Dubois. “He got the usual helpful people pointing out that he was missing a wheel or had forgotten his handlebars.” Photograph: Adrian van der Lee

Some of us look at a mountain and wonder how tough it would be to climb it. Others decide to make it more challenging by taking a mountain bike. And t(...)

In this grab taken from video, a boy jumps from a window as flames engulfed an apartment as onlookers below prepare to catch him, in Grenoble, France on Tuesday. Photograph: AP

Two young brothers were saved from an apartment fire in the southeastern French city of Grenoble when they dropped about 10m (33ft) from a window and (...)

Nora Dempsey with her dad Jim Dempsey, partner and son

Nora Dempsey is from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. She studied experimental physics at Trinity College in 1998 and then did a PhD there. In Grenoble she di(...)

Bernard Jackman has been helping coaches from around the world share their coaching experiences while there is no action. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

“The Secret to the Japanese Attack Speed” by Atsushi Tanabe captivated the most recent Zoom gathering of coaches. It was effectively a presentation th(...)

Racing 92 coach Mike Prendergast is in Paris  with his family during the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“I went down to the shops Saturday morning and it was eerie. Handful of people walking the streets. Everyone wearing masks. Saw some people with suits(...)

Gaetano de Gennaro’s portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Italian artist made a home for himself in Ireland in the 1940s. Today his portrait of Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, hangs in Áras an Uac(...)

Oona Doherty: “Lots of artists in Ireland basically work for free, and that’s not sustainable.” Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

Last week, at London’s Dance Umbrella, Oona Doherty represented the tough exterior and vulnerability of working class men on stage. Next week in Belfa(...)

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