Photo courtesy Gerard Prendergast.

An Irish athlete has won one of the world’s most difficult endurance races after running, swimming and cycling for almost 160 hours over the last 10 d(...)

Ireland’s win against Wales, courtesy of James McClean’s winning goal, brings the national team closer to a place at the World Cup – and reminds us that international soccer has a way of subverting the rules of global power. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Ireland’s win against Wales, Martin O’Neill’s team is within two matches of a spot at the World Cup – another reminder that international soccer (...)

President Higgins said he was absolutely delighted to hear about the result during his State visit to Australia.

President Michael D Higgins praised the Republic of Ireland soccer team for the spirit they showed in beating Wales 1-0 in Cardiff on Monday night and(...)

James McClean celebrates after his strike gave Ireland a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff and a place in the World Cup qualification play-offs. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

It fell to James McClean to slay the Welsh dragon and the Derry man didn’t disappoint. His 57th-minute goal now stands as one of those moments for Iri(...)

Sheep thrills: Irish fans celebrate Ireland’s goal by James McClean at the Woolshed in Dublin’s Parnell Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Welsh won the singing competition, but the Irish won the game on a famous night in Cardiff, to ensure that Martin O’Neill’s team continue their ro(...)

Almost 30,000 reports of children in the UK sexually assaulting other children have been made to police in the last four years. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 30,000 reports of children in the UK sexually assaulting other children, including 2,625 alleged attacks on school premises, have been made to (...)

The crowd in the Aviva Stadium was in general on the small side, physically if not in numbers. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It must have been the smallest group of travelling supporters to attend a World Cup qualifier in Dublin, at least since the end of the communist era, (...)

Georgia coach Vladimir Weiss speaks with Georgia’s defender Solomon Kverkvelia during their clash against Georgia. Photo: Getty Images

Georgia coach Vladimir Weiss has promised Wales will not get an easy World Cup ride in Tbilisi. Wales might need to win their last two qualifiers — (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘We need unequivocally to reject a culture of violence: the violence of criminal drug gangs, the exploitation by gangland criminals of fragile young peope who have fallen victim to their business of death.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Law and public policy must always have a “special focus” on the poorest, and law should be applied to “curbing the arrogance of the powerful”, the Cat(...)

Kevin Hallahan (43) was ‘a skilled and experienced mountaineer who selflessly applied his knowledge to help those in need.’

An Irish mountain rescue climber has died in an accident during a training event in Snowdonia, north Wales. Kevin Hallahan (43), a married man with (...)