Judge Amy Coney Barrett, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, in Washington on October 1st. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

On a winter afternoon in 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett rose to speak in Notre Dame Law School’s wood-panelled courtroom and thanked the people gathere(...)

There were 185 coronavirus cases linked to the reopening of Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub  in Ingham County, Michigan in June. Image via Google Maps

The State’s public health team was told of increases in Covid-19 outbreaks associated with the reopening of bars in Australia, the UK, Spain, the USA,(...)

 The Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow  as the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Photograph:   Chris Graythen/Getty Images

You grow up quickly in American sport. The world is spinning on such a funfair axis at the moment that nobody cared that the NFL draft was conducted f(...)

Video provided by the NFL of LSU quarterback Joe Burrowbeing chosen first by the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL football draft. File photograph: AP

There were no glitches or cyber attacks during the first round of the “virtual” NFL Draft on Thursday, but neither was there much of the raw emotion o(...)

Brian O’Nuanain (centre) is from Cork City and now lives in Louisiana where he works with the US military, the National Guard. Here he is with some recruits

Brian O’Nuanain is from Cork City but now lives in Louisiana, where he works as a teacher who works with “troubled teens” at the Youth Chall(...)

A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

 A few squares of dark chocolate as chocaholic gut bacteria may be one of the chief reasons why dark chocolate is good for the heart, research suggests. Photograph: Jennie Fairhurst/PA Wire

Chocaholic gut bacteria may be one of the chief reasons why dark chocolate is good for the heart, research suggests. By breaking down ind(...)

The St Patrick’s Day parade makes its way through  Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

This year’s Dublin parade was the first of a trilogy, which is collectively entitled, Past, Present and Future. For 2014, which focused on the (...)