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This year’s Rás Tailteann will feature stage finishes in Horse and Jockey, Castleisland, Lisdoonvarna, Kilbeggan and Blackrock. Photograph: Bryan Keane

The organisers of the Rás Tailteann have announced the return of backing from FBD Insurance, 12 years after the company ended its title sponsorship of(...)

Conor Capplis and Jack F Murphy reach the top of Slieve Donard. ‘With false peak after false peak, Jack and I began ascending into the clouds. At times when he ran a short distance ahead, he was barely visible.’

As I hurtled down the rocky mountain path, a passerby said: “Here come the mountain goats.” I should have realised plummeting down steep and slip(...)

SDLP’s newly elected MLA Colin McGrath in Downpatrick. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Back in January a former SDLP leader made a proposal that could have radically changed the nature of this month’s Northern Ireland Assembly election. (...)

Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban celebrates scoring against Bohemians on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dundalk 3 Bohemians 1 Dundalk came from behind to see off Bohemians at Oriel Park on Friday night to move back into third place in the league table. (...)

Michelle O’Neill  and Mary Lou McDonald during a Sinn Féin press conference at Parliament Buildings in  Belfast after Sinn Féin  became the  largest party  at Stormont. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

In US politics they call it “the Big Mo” – momentum. The intangible but priceless political quality that if generated at the right point in a campaign(...)

Gardaí search a supermarket car park following the shooting on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas, Dublin. Photograph: Damien Storan

Two men have been arrested after the shooting of another man in a supermarket car park in north Dublin. The victim suffered non-life threatening inju(...)

 Liam Campbell had claimed that he should not be surrendered on the grounds that no decision has been taken in Lithuania to try him. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Supreme Court has ruled that Liam Campbell, who was found civilly liable for the Omagh bombing, can be extradited to Lithuania where he is accused(...)

Phil Coulter announcing the winner of the Monaghan anthem contest Let This Be the Day by Tim O’Riordan

Like a rugby international at nearby Lansdowne Road, the Polish Embassy’s National Day reception on Tuesday was preceded by three anthems. Along with (...)

The areas with the greatest concentration of HAP households were Tallaght central and Drogheda urban. Photograph: iStock

The number of households dependent on the housing assistance payment (HAP) increased by 4 per cent to 60,747 in 2021, new figures from the CSO show. (...)

Jess Breach was hit high during Ireland’s Trojan effort to narrow the gap between them and England. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Rugby faces a serious problem, specifically Irish rugby. The professionalism debate in the women’s game and how a lack of full-time deals hampers Irel(...)

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