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Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

Neil Paul and Bríd Conroy, at their home in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

AFTER A WRONG TURN LED THEM TO DISCOVER AN ABANDONED CO MAYO SCHOOL, NEIL PAUL AND BRÍD CONROY HAVE TURNED IT INTO A HOME – AND OPENED A BOOKSHOP –(...)

Hairy Dragonfly: Found around clean, still waters such as ponds, lakes, ditches, fens. Usually solitary but groups can be seen in woods early in the season. Photograph: Liam Lysaght

Dragonflies are probably the most deadly group of aerial Irish predators. Easily spotted chasing down quarry, these effervescent hunters sport some of(...)

Los Angeles’ magic is in its diversity but if ever a travel article was needed to help plan a trip to a major destination, it’s for the entertainment (...)

Actor Mark Smith and Aisling Byrne, his friend and longtime collaborator. “Mark has an amazing story. A lot has happened in his life. He has done some amazing things”

You may not have heard of Mark Smith, but the actor is a celebrity in his hometown of Celbridge, just outside Dublin. “One analogy,” he says on (...)

Everybody thinks they know how rugby began. But do they?

Everybody knows how rugby began. In 1823, during a boring old game of football, a young student at England’s posh Rugby School named William Webb Ell(...)

A French stamp honouring Évariste Galois.

On the morning of May 30th, 1832, a young man stood 25 paces from his friend. Both men fired, but only one pistol was loaded. Évariste Galois, a 20-ye(...)

Cork is home to UCC and CIT.

Select your college of interest: UCC, CIT, TCD, TU Dublin, UCD, DCU, NCAD, NUI Galway, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Waterfor(...)

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Who ever heard the like? What sort of idiot would believe that a television programme about people watching television programmes would be the least b(...)

‘I can have breakfast without thinking much about it. For others, breakfast is the first problem of the day. Those bad headlines tell us how very lucky we are.’ Photograph: iStock

The morning routine usually starts at some ungodly hour, with Daughter Number Four bouncing into the room to announce that she’s had a big sleep. I st(...)

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