Why do people get so wound up by Sally Rooney? It’s an interesting question, and one that reveals more about our values as a society than it does about the novelist. Photograph:  Ellius Grace/New York Times

Why do people get so wound up by Sally Rooney? It’s an interesting question, and one that reveals more about our values as a society than it does abou(...)

Australia suffered a 19th consecutive Bledisloe Cup series defeat  in Auckland on Saturday. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP via Getty Images

Rugby Australia will look into its “Giteau Law” criteria to expand its eligibility laws and broaden its pool of players for Wallabies selection, chief(...)

A file photo shows a giant digital sign at Facebook’s corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages in the coming days. Photograph: JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook has agreed to restore Australian news on its platform “in the coming days” following an agreement with the government on amendments to a prop(...)

Australian former rugby union player Dan Palmer: ‘The longer the [Israel] Folau saga dragged on, the more I felt a responsibility to say something.’ Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

There has been an outpouring of support for Dan Palmer, the Australian former rugby union player, after he became the first Wallabies player and just (...)

The headquarters of News Corp Australia in Sydney. Photograph:  Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp will close or stop printing more than 100 regional and community titles across Australia as it succumbs to the market domi(...)

 Indian farmers harvesting  wheat. As much as one third of the world’s population could  be exposed to Sahara Desert-like heat within half a century. Photograph:  EPA/Sanjay Baid

More than three billion people will be living in places with “near unlivable” temperatures by 2070, according to a major study of global heating trend(...)

Australia are due to play Ireland in Dublin in November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As July tours of the southern hemisphere are about to be postponed or even abandoned, the next threat to Irish rugby’s revenue stream is cancellation (...)

A  red snapper on the  Great Barrier Reef in  Australia. The reef is the world’s largest living structure and has become a potent symbol of the damage wrought by climate change.   Photograph:  Reinhard Dirscherl\ullstein bild via Getty Images

Australia has downgraded the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef to “very poor” for the first time, highlighting a fierce battle between environmental (...)

Ireland’s Leah Lyons in action against Italy during the Women’s Six Nations Championship in Parma earlier this year. Photograph: ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Leading figures in global rugby – from Bernard Laporte to Raelene Castle – lunched at the Irish Georgian Society’s home on South William Street i(...)

Phar Lap’s hide was preserved by a taxidermist and is now exhibited in the Melbourne Museum

It seems I owe New Zealand an apology for suggesting here last week (An Irishman’s Diary, October 31st) that the great 1920s racehorse Phar Lap was “A(...)

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