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Ryanair is cutting its winter schedule further as the pandemic continues to hit bookings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ryanair will close its Cork and Shannon Airport bases and slash Knock services for the winter as EU states, including the Republic, step up travel res(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron at the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  EPA/Yves Herman/EPA

Several countries in Europe reported record numbers of daily cases of coronavirus as the continent struggles to contain the virus spread. Germany’s d(...)

People sit on a bar terrace  in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

The French government has ordered the closure of bars and cafés in Paris for two weeks from Tuesday after declaring the city and its nearest suburbs t(...)

Professor John McGeehan, director of the Centre for Enzyme Innovation at the University of Portsmouth. Photograph: University of Portsmouth/Stefan Ventur/PA Wire

A new cocktail of enzymes that speeds up the degradation of plastic offers a step forward in finding a new form of recycling that is faster, more affo(...)

Tendai Mtawarira of the Cell C Sharks is tackled by Malcolm Marx (L) and Tyrone Green (R) of the Emirates Lions during their Super Rugby clash in April. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Many of rugby’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone and consider the unintended consequences of South Africa moving to t(...)

Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

Rob Kearney, Brad Thorn and Isa Nacewa celebrate after beating Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the standout features of this dismembered rugby season was when Damian de Allende and RG Snyman appeared in Munster colours. De Allende, a 28(...)

Leinster players after  the defeat to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We’re putting on the hindsight goggles again. Leinster used the World Cup analogy coming out of lockdown. The theory was sound. Pool matches were the(...)

John Cooney: scrumhalf returns to the Ulster starting line-up as one of four changes to the side that played Leinster in the Pro14 final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sunday – Champions Cup quarter-final –Toulouse v Ulster, Stade Ernest-Wallon, 12:30pm (live on BT Sport, Channel 4 & Virgin Media) It was imposs(...)

Ulster’s James Hume scores his side’s first try in the Guinness Pro 14 final against  Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The mental acclimatisation to senior professional rugby is often the bigger challenge for the talented young player for whom the physical aspect can s(...)

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