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Riders compete in the Latin Quarter Beginners’ Steeplechase during day two of the Galway races. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Horse racing syndicates in Ireland have jumped by almost 44 per cent in just the last 12 months, but the number of groups owning runners remains a lon(...)

Artwork depicting Tom Molineaux at the exhibition in Galway City Museum. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When freed slave Tom Molineaux arrived in Galway in 1818, few knew that he had been the first “American sports star” and unofficial world boxing champ(...)

Popcorn has been linked to ailments including cancer, heart disease and bronchiolitis.

In the second part of our – incredibly random – series of Ask Us Anything we will attempt to answer some of the consumer questions that may have been (...)

Rhys Patchell “started the Six Nations well, but found the step up against England a bit of a challenge”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Rhys Patchell makes his first start for Wales since his uncomfortable evening at Twickenham in February when the swagger he had shown against Scotland(...)

A woman reacts on the result of yesterday’s referendum on liberalising abortion laws. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Dozens of people wrote to The Irish Times liveblog on Saturday, telling their personal stories of abortion and giving their reaction to the news (...)

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of his team’s Uefa Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid, at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal and my CV is already at the Emirates. I figure what the hell: prowling the sideline is a sidelined job anyway. Wenger(...)

A large anti-conscription demonstration in Dungannon. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

The anti-conscription campaign was arguably nationalist Ireland’s most complete, and bloodless, victory over British imperialism in the 20th century. (...)

Snooker loopy: nice, upside-down-spectacled Dennis Taylor, defeating sly, soulless Steve Davis in 1985. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Allsport/Getty

“Oh, he doesn’t want to be straight on the blue!” Consider me out of the office. The greatest sporting event of the calendar is about to begin. (...)

Mauricio Pochettino: “My focus is to win games with Tottenham. I cannot be kind with every single manager.” Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Mauricio Pochettino will not change his defensive system to accommodate the fit-again Toby Alderweireld and has made it plain the centre-half is behin(...)

Burnley’s James Tarkowski:  “Sergio Ramos, people might say he’s a ball-playing centre half, but he still does the dirty stuff right.”Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

The general view of Burnley as a long-ball outfit meant that the logic behind Gareth Southgate’s decision to hand James Tarkowski a first England call(...)

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