Eileen Battersby with her horse Sophie in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both(...)

Roger Bannister crossing the tape at the end of his record-breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

There is a gentle irony in that forever lasting impression of Roger Bannister. The charming modesty beyond words, the gentleman and gentle man, yet qu(...)

Roger Bannister representing Oxford University in 1948. Photograph: PA

Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four minute mile, has died aged 88, his family have said. Bannister, aided by Christopher Chataway and Ch(...)

It’s 65 years since Mayo last lifted Sam Maguire, 62 since the Bulldogs last picked up the AFL Premiership Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It doesn’t matter how many times I travel the 10,000 miles between Ireland and Australia. There is simply no getting used to that upside-down feeling (...)

David Attenborough has seen far more than perhaps anyone else alive, and is still eager to see more. Therein lies his genius. Photograph: Sarah Dunn/ BBC

David Attenborough turns 90 tomorrow, fittingly perhaps on the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. He no doubt will smile with characteristic bemuse(...)

The shoes worn by Roger Bannister in breaking the record for the four-minute mile

The running shoes worn by English athlete Roger Bannister in 1954 when he broke the record for the four-minute mile in three minutes 59.4 seconds will(...)

A file photo dated May 6th, 1954 of Roger Bannister breaking the four minute mile. Photograph: PA

Almost 60 years to the day since becoming the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, Roger Bannister has revealed he is suffering from Parkins(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: proposals need further negotiation

Mark Twain always said he never let his schooling get in the way of his education. Victor Hugo always said he who opens a school door closes a (...)

Sports commentator David Coleman. Photograph: BBC/PA Wire

David Coleman, who has died aged 87, was a major figure, perhaps the major figure, of that distant era when television broadcasts of Britain’s nationa(...)

If I was Sir Roger Bannister, the thought of what’s coming down the track next May would be terrifying. Imagine every sporting media outlet in the wor(...)

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