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Rebecca Saunders and her daughter Clarissa. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

An American woman whose Irish husband took his life and that of their three-year-old daughter says she is “overwhelmed” at having received $50,000 thr(...)

Major US stock indexes fell from record levels on Monday. Photograph: Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP

European stocks retreated slightly from record highs on Monday, as a weaker open on Wall Street and rallying currencies offset optimism about a solid (...)

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the  2019 US Gymnastics Championships at the Sprint Center  in Kansas City, Missouri. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

So much has changed in the five years since Simone Biles lit up the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, affirming her presumptive status as the greatest (...)

Aoife Cooke from Cork after winning the women’s category in the 2019  Dublin Marathon. She is targeting the elite-only Wrexham marathon in Wales on April 25th in her bid to qualify for Tokyo.    Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Irish athletes are facing a race against time and opportunity in their quest to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic marathon, the worry being not just where(...)

JJ Watt was an immensely popular figure in the city during his time with the Houston Texans. File photograph: Getty Images

Three-time defensive player of the year JJ Watt has announced he is joining the Arizona Cardinals after leaving the Houston Texans. Watt shared a pho(...)

 A drone view of cars lining up for  water distribution at the Fountain Life Center  in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas on Saturday as it struggles with the fallout from a winter storm that(...)

Vehicles travel down an snow-covered road in McKinney, Texas, US.  Photograph: Cooper Neill/Bloomberg

Millions of Texans on Wednesday began their third day without heat in the wake of a punishing winter storm that has killed at least 21 people in the (...)

Dr Hasan Gokal, who was fired after distributing 10 vaccine doses rather than letting them go to waste, at home in Sugar Land, Texas.  Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/The New York Times

The Texas doctor had six hours. Now that a vial of Covid-19 vaccine had been opened on this late December night, he had to find 10 eligible people for(...)

Eamon Ryan said that the policy statement on prohibiting the importation of fracked gas is currently being developed by officials in his department. File photograph: Getty

The Green Party in Cork has welcomed confirmation that plans to import fracked gas into Ireland from the United States through the Port of Cork have b(...)

County of Los Angeles paramedics examine a potential Covid-19 patient sitting on the sidewalk before transporting him to a hospital in Hawthorne, California on December 29th. Photograph:  Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty

The US marked the first day of 2021 by surpassing the dismal landmark of 20 million coronavirus cases, as hospitals, undertakers, vaccine administrato(...)

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