Dan Ahearne: born in Limerick 130 years ago today

Among the famous birthdays of April 12th – although famous might be overstating it now – is that of Dan Ahearne, an Irish and American athlete born in(...)

‘This is the background against which most church building by our major Christian denomination took place in Ireland, one of famine, destitution and deepest privation.’ Above, a Famine memorial in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The Church of St Joseph and the Immaculate Conception in Bohola, Co Mayo is 150 years old this year. Its foundation stone was laid in 1858, less than (...)

The IOC, United Nations and Sochi 2014 flags fly in front of national flags in the Coastal Athlete’s Village at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Reuters

It’s apt that possibly the most powerful single image in sport – Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics – isn’t(...)