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The departing papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina in early 2018. Photograph: Tom Honan

One of the most influential if low-key papal nuncios to serve in Ireland will leave shortly for Prague following the Vatican announcement of his appoi(...)

Portrait of R R Madden, the Dublin man who campaigned to end slavery. (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain, 1858)

On a summer’s day in 1834, Richard Robert Madden, an Irish doctor, travelled to Marley, a plantation in the Jamaican mountains that was once under his(...)

Ireland have secured notable scalps on plenty of occasions before, but this one feels altogether different. England and South Africa have been felled(...)

 Benjamin Alexander during a training session at the Kolasin ski resort last month. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/Getty Images

The spirit of Cool Runnings is set to be rekindled next month when Benjamin Alexander, a 38-year-old from Northampton, will become the first athlete t(...)

Andrew Balbirnie and Harry Tector combined for Ireland’s best partnership. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

West Indies (269 a.o. 48.5 overs) (Shamarh Brooks 93, Kieron Pollard 69; Craig Young 3-56) defeat Ireland (245 a.o. 49.1 overs) (Andy Balbirnie 71, Ha(...)

George Dockrell is hoping to put a frustrating period over Christmas behind him in Ireland’s ODI series against the West Indies. Photograph: Ben Whitely/Inpho

This time last month touring life seemed a much more enjoyable prospect for Ireland’s cricketers. They were preparing for a series against the USA in (...)

Ireland’s Paul Stirling: he  and Shane Getkate have both entered a mandatory 10-day isolation period. Photograph: Pankaj Nangia/Inpho

The Ireland men’s cricket squad has been hit by positive Covid-19 tests as it prepares to fly out to the West Indies. Paul Stirling and Shane Getkate(...)

Ireland’s Mona McSharry during the 200m breaststroke final. Photo: Andrea Staccioli/Inpho

The distance was that bit beyond her best and still Mona McSharry wrapped up her magnificent showing at the Fina World Short Course Championships in A(...)

Gardaí searching Rahin Woods in Co Kildare in September 2016, a day after the body of murder victim Philip Finnegan was discovered there. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Five metres from the grave, the metal detector pinged. The Garda divisional search team dug down into the woodland soil to investigate, hoping they wo(...)

People in the Midtown neighborhood of New York on Thursday. New York City and the surrounding northeast, the epicentre of the coronavirus’s arrival to the US in 2020, is being buffeted by a new surge in infections. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Holiday plans abruptly reversing, restaurants closing, Broadway shows going dark while, blocks away, long lines form outside testing sites – it’s as i(...)

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