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An Interior Ministry member detains a gay rights activist attempting to hold a protest rally in Red Square near the Kremlin in central Moscow on Friday, shortly before Vladimir Putin opened the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Yevgeny Feldman/Russia

Irish band Villagers released a new track last weekend to coincide with the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But far from being a celebration (...)

Tipperary Denis Maher: scored two goals and two points in the Waterford Crystal Cup final against Clare. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary triumphed at a wet Gaelic Grounds in Limerick when they proved too good for All-Ireland champions Clare. Played in front of a crowd of 1,248(...)

 Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan join pupils from St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, Co Clare, at the launch of  events to commemorate Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf of 1014, at Trinity College Dublin today.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

At the launch of a year-long celebration of the life and death of High King Brian Boru in Trinity College this morning, a security guard briefly inter(...)

Leinster’s Fergal Cleary with Evander Guttenbiel of Australian Schools at Donnybrook. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster Schools 27 Australia 17The Leinster Schools showed great resolve and composure to turn an 11-point deficit into a 10-point victory over the (...)

John Grant at Airwaves: does full dramatic justice to his talents as a songwriter and performer. Photograph: Thyrza Ging

For those given to flying to music festivals, Airwaves is fast becoming an essential destination. It’s easy to see why. On the main festival front, 11(...)

Dublin band Villagers have been nominated twice for the Mercury Prize. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Dublin band Villagers face tough competition from soul singer Laura Mvula to claim the Mercury Prize,the Booker Prize of the music world, tonight . Bi(...)

Villagers: A world-class act with a superb festival set

Local Natives“This isn’t the Ireland I know, I’m kind of confused.” Us too, Local Natives. The shock caused by Dublin in the sunshine from some of the(...)

Daft Punk

The modern fondness for lists has given us many commendable wastes of time. Between online citadels built entirely on the foundations of numbered f(...)

The Irish corporation tax regime has received much recent publicity – most of it not benign. This raises the question of what the purpose of the corpo(...)

The former editor of the
 Evening Press, 
Sean Ward, at the funeral of journalist and sports columnist Con Houlihan in August 2012

Seán Ward, who has died aged 79, was editor of the now defunct Evening Press from 1970 until 1992. A trusted and respected editor, he oversaw publicat(...)

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