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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. (...)

Sir Cliff Richard arrives at the Rolls Building in London, as a High Court judge is preparing to analyse evidence in his  legal battle with  the BBC. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sir Cliff Richard’s lawyers have told a High Court judge that BBC coverage of a raid on the singer’s home was a “very serious invasion” of privacy, an(...)

Alex Turner at Marlay Park in 2014. Photograph: EPA

Arctic Monkeys have announced a show in Dublin this year ahead of the release of their sixth studio album. The band released details of a series of (...)

Claire Throssell delivered a petition – calling for children’s safety to be put first by the family courts – to London’s Downing Street in 2014. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Like many parents, Claire Throssell carries her sons’ sports gear in the back of her car. Paul’s running trainers and Jack’s PE kit sit in the boot – (...)

Joseph Purcell from Mincon (centre). Photograph: Maxwells

Irish engineering group Mincon’s acquisition of Swedish company Driconeq should grow revenues 20 per cent this year, the group has said. The company(...)

1) Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is hosting its annual conference in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on April 6th and 7th. The theme is independent living(...)

Many young Irish teachers have emigrated to secure experience, permanent posts and better pay packages. Photo: iStock

The shortage of teachers has been making headlines recently with claims that many schools cannot find qualified teachers for their pupils. Teachers’ (...)

Prof Niall O’Donohoe: wise, resourceful  and  compassionate

Those who knew the late Prof Niall O’Donohoe in recent years will recall a softly spoken polymath, a kindly grandfather figure and an incorrigible rom(...)

A re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf carried out in Dublin. File photograph:   Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Modern mathematical techniques – similar to those used to analyse social-networking websites – have shed new light on a centuries old debate about the(...)

The international statistic was 69, the number of US citizens killed on average in lawnmower accidents each year. Photogrpah: iStock

The numbers that best sum up 2017 are 69 and 0.1, said Britain’s Royal Statistical Society (RSS) as it launched its inaugural Statistics of the Year a(...)

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