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Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Further Space’s Peter Farquharson in one of the company’s pods.

There is nothing like the simple pleasure of pitching a tent in the garden and setting up temporary house. But if you need creature comforts, the pod (...)

 Cardinal George Pell makes his way on Wednesday to  Melbourne County Court, where he was remanded in custody pending sentencing for  sexually abusing two choir boys in Australia two decades ago. Photograph: Con Chronis/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell is spending his first night behind bars on Wednesday after he was remanded into custody pending sentenci(...)

Anne Ryan (nee Nugent) at her party last October with her nieces Mary and Jacinta. Photograph: Paddy Lyons

Everybody was surprised when my aunt Anne announced she was leaving for Australia to become a nun. For one thing, it was 1949 and going that far aroun(...)

Hakeem Al-Araibi   alongside former Australia soccer captain Craig Foster  at Melbourne International Airport on Tuesday. Photograph: David Crosling/EPA

A refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state’s request arrived in his adoptive home Australi(...)

Romance rekindled: Dolores McEvoy and Peter Woodger. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A teenage romance between two hairdressers in 1970s London culminated in a cross-continental wedding this week – 4½ decades later. In January 1974 Do(...)

Three out of every 10,000 people report ‘undesired awareness’ from non-general anaesthesia. Photograph: iStock

The doctor ordered a “push” on my sedative, and I succumbed to the sweet blackness. But then something went wrong, and I was awake too soon, flailing(...)

File photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

An Irish woman has died following a car crash near Melbourne in Australia. It is understood the woman is from Co Mayo and had travelled to Australia(...)

Abbas Mohajerani, a civil engineer at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia, holding a brick made with biosolid waste, or treated wastewater sludge. Photograph: RMIT University via The New York Times

It may be unpleasant to contemplate the ultimate fate of all the material from your own body that you flush down the pipes. But it’s time we talk abou(...)

Ted Felton: ‘Even the smallest provincial town has a half-decent pool. Here’s our six-year-old, Robbie, at the Avoca pool in the Victorian Goldfields, a couple of hours northwest of Melbourne.’

South Australia was one of the hottest places on Earth this week, with record-breaking temperatures approaching 50°C in some parts. Around 200,000 peo(...)

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