The judge ordered that the Nigerian passports, allegedly retained by solicitor Ashimedua Okonkwo since late 2017, be returned “forthwith”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A solicitor’s retention of the passports of a Nigerian woman and her teenage daughter, currently in emergency accommodation, in a dispute over €1,500 (...)

Gerard Holland, 65, of Tir na Nean, Lislevane near Bandon pictured at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts

A 65-year-old man has been jailed for two years for running “a chop shop”. Gerard Holland cut up cars and tractors stolen in Border counties by a crim(...)

Henry de Bromhead’s horse Chris’s Dream won by 64 lengths in Clonmel. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Chris’s Dream put himself in line for a trip to the Cheltenham Festival as he galloped his opponents into submission to secure Grade Three honours in (...)

Trainer Liz Doyle (left): “Soft ground, near bottom weight: it’s not rocket science!” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After Sea Scorpion won at Tramore less than a fortnight ago his trainer Liz Doyle spelled out the formula for his success – “soft ground, near bottom (...)

Rory O’Flaherty (right), chairman Lough Lein Anglers presenting the Charity Cup to Noel Duane, winner of fly-fishing competition in Killarney

Stationed on the bridge overlooking the canal stretch alongside Ross Castle on Lough Lein in Killarney, Timothy O’Sullivan, “Timo” to his friends, be(...)

Tony McCoy is congratulated by well wishers after his last race on Irish soil at Tuesday’s meeting at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tony McCoy signed off his career in Ireland with two unplaced rides at Fairyhouse.Rathpatrick was fifth in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap(...)

Boston Bob is 12-1 to break Willie Mullins’s frustration in Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Inpho

On cue the start of November brings both rain and the first Grade One of the National Hunt season so it’s hardly coincidental that Boston Bob looks t(...)