Offaly line up for the Allianz  League clash against Laois in O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Should it have come to this? The All-Ireland hurling championship has rarely been more open or egalitarian so there is a bitter irony that Offaly, th(...)

Paul Aylward from Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny,  and Anne Marie Kennedy from Killenaule, Co Tipperary, who are getting married in Clonmel today. Photograph: Mary Browne

John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer has a lot to answer for. Not only would he have won Tipperary’s 27th All-Ireland had his injury-time free gone over the bar (...)

Husband of the late Christine Buckley, Donal Buckley, with his sons Darragh (left) and Conor at the Aislinn Education & Support Centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People who still felt stigmatised because they grew up in a residential institution for children were advised to “let go”, at a tribute to the late Ch(...)