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 Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury wins the lineout ahead of Rory Arnold during their defeat to Toulouse at the  Sportsground.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gavin Thornbury made 26 tackles in Connacht’s 21-7 Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse in the Sportsground, an impressive tally for a secondrow,(...)

One way to reduce methane emissions is via the diet. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s dairy herd has increased by about 50 per cent since 2015 along with a parallel increase in emissions of methane, a strong greenhouse gas emi(...)

 The disgraced late Bishop Peter Ball liked to name-drop Prince Charles, we learn in the BBC’s Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret

Church cover-ups, nod-and-wink policing and sexual abuse sound like the raw ingredients in a stereotypically Irish scandal. So it is revealing – “nove(...)

Devin Toner has spoken about being left out of Joe Schmidt’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Toner’s tall tale Nobody wants to flog a dead horse but neither does Devin Toner want the perception to exist that he’s no longer a thoroughbred. Onl(...)

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It is time we got serious about boxing. Former rugby players in New Zealand are being asked to donate their brains when they die to research teams a(...)

Special operations forces during the mission to recover bodies from White Island on December 13th. Photograph: New Zealand Defence Force via The New York Times

More than a dozen people remain in New Zealand hospitals with life-threatening injuries a month on from the fatal eruption of Whakaari White Island. S(...)

White Island eruption: a survivor being taken to hospital. Photograph: Joe Carrett/EPA

Although we were, thankfully, spared images of severely burnt victims, last month’s major burns event in New Zealand gripped the world. The Whakaari, (...)

Smoke billows from a fire burning at East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Photograph: Handout/EPA

The navy began evacuating thousands of people stranded in tourist towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday as the escalating bush fire disaster an(...)

A firefighter hoses down trees  near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

Australia deployed military ships and aircraft on Wednesday to help communities ravaged by devastating wildfires that have left at least 17 people dea(...)

A wildfire near Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday. The country’s east coast is dotted with apocalyptic scenes on the last day of the warmest decade on record in Australia. Photograph: (State Government of Victoria/New York Times

Thousands of people swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the g(...)

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