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Dani Ceballos:  “We’ve got a very good compact side, and the three up front really make the difference.” Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

It starts with a song. Dani Ceballos listens back, laughs, then looks down a little bashfully. “Surprising,” he calls it. Arsenal fans knew he was g(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi with his teammate Luis Suarez.

Premier Sports, the pay TV broadcaster founded by Irish businessman Mickey O’Rourke, has secured the UK and Ireland rights to show every match from Sp(...)

A protester depicting British prime minister Boris Johnson demonstrates at a protest outside Downing Street in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Renewed fears of a hard Brexit hit some Irish and many British stocks, while US investors remained wary as the country’s trade war with China dragged (...)

 US stocks turned lower on Thursday as the first contraction in the manufacturing sector in nearly a decade and uncertainty about future interest rate cuts overshadowed an initial boost from upbeat retail earnings. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

European shares fell on Thursday as mixed readings of business growth across major economies and uncertainty over the US interest rate outlook made in(...)

Visitors take photos of the Mona Lisa in the Medici Gallery at the Louvre in Paris: Museums are magnificent but do not let them cage culture. Photograph: Owen Franken/New York Times

The gourmet shops of Paris. Their windows boast delicacies coated in a transparent gelatin called aspic. It preserves the foodstuff inside. Like a she(...)

The Iseq all-share index advanced 1.79 per cent on the day with advances for companies including Kingspan and CRH. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Global stocks advanced on Wednesday as investors await minutes from the US Federal Reserve’s July meeting for signs of future rate cuts. Dublin outper(...)

A picture from Spain. ‘He is photographed sitting in the front row (first left) of his class of young hopeful priests with his arms folded looking rather disgruntled while the other men smiled.’

I once sang in public on a weekly basis in Seville when I was studying the Spanish language and flamenco dancing. I always had an urge to go there. I (...)

 Visitors to the Louvre take photos of the Mona Lisa. Photograph: Owen Franken/New York Times

The procession takes a good half-hour, from IM Pei’s glass pyramid to the presence of the world’s most famous woman. There are brief bottlenecks at th(...)

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.

Sun holidays are virtually synonymous with Spain, which receives more than two million Irish visitors every year. The beaches of the south coa(...)

Gareth Bale: won the Champions League four times in his six years in Spain. But he is now heading for the exit door as he is not in head coach Zidane’s plans. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid and Gareth Bale are working on his exit from the Bernabéu after six years in Spain, with China offering him a way out. The relationship b(...)

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