Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong supported by Iain Henderson goes on a charge against England at Twickenham during Six Nations match. Photograph: Inpho

Denis Hickie told a cool story one time on a podcast about professional rugby being a young sport still. He found himself one day back in the 2000s wa(...)

Rory McIlroy earned $50m, while Conor McGregor pocketed $34 million to make in into Forbes’s  World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities 2017 list

Golfer Rory McIlroy and MMA and UFC star Cornor McGregor are among the world’s top 100 earning “celebrities”. Four-time Major winner McIlroy earned $5(...)

Along for the ride: Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin takes readers on a madcap trip into a drug-fuelled night

Voice is one of the most important aspects of fiction. If a reader can connect with a character, even an unlikable one, chances are they will enjoy th(...)

Alan Sugar and Alana Spencer celebrate her winning the 2016 series of The Apprentice. She will receive a £250,000 investment from Sugar. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

In numbers: Sherry Christmas 10 million Number of bottles of sherry sold in the UK in 2015, less than half the 22 million bottles sold in 2005. The (...)

Digital footprint: “Some people really enjoy having ads that are more targeted towards their interests. For others, however, it is creepy and uncomfortable”

There is something unsettling about an online retailer knowing you are pregnant before you have even told your family. Or a taxi app detecting that yo(...)

 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Jurgen Klopp has said he took the Liverpool job because it was the right one, not the easiest one, and that it would need David Copperfield to conjur(...)

 Ailbhe Hickey from Dublin and Aoife Doolan from Cork with other lottery winners in the chamber at Newgrange on the morning of the Winter Solstice, December 21st. Rain and cloud on the horizon at sunrise blocked  sunlight from entering the chamber. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Even the optimists were conceding defeat. Trees which had been fiercely battered of late were merely swaying slightly in a strong breeze. From my (...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

John Boyne: “Life is short; I feel no compunction to finish a novel that is boring me. I’ll read something else.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

John Boyne’s latest novel is Stay Where You Are And Then Leave. His new novel for adults – his first set in contemporary Ireland – will be publishe(...)

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938). Posted by Camisonup and David Russell

“Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851), Posted by Austin Duffy “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was t(...)

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