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 Les Cayes, Haiti, following  the powerful earthquake. Photograph: Ralph Tedy Erol/EPA

The death toll from the earthquake in Haiti has risen to 227, Haiti’s civil protection service has said. Haiti’s prime minister has said “numerous” l(...)

Jimmy Cliff: ‘I turned up in Kingston at just the right time – at the beginning of the real Jamaican music.’ Photograph: Vision Addict

Even on his parents’ rural Jamaican farm, Jimmy Cliff dreamed big. “When I was a very small boy, my cousins and me would look after my family’s cows a(...)

Jamaica’s  Elaine Thompson-Herah crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the women’s 100m final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

It finished with the crowning of the undisputed fastest woman on earth, Elaine Thompson-Herah going where no women’s sprinter alive has gone before, a(...)

Trayvon Bromell: the American is favourite to win the Men’s 100 Metres title in Tokyo. Photograph: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Men’s 100 metres final, this Sunday, 1.50pm (Irish time) They were gathering around in small numbers on the streets outside just to get a look at the(...)

 Laurence Sterne: the reputation of his comic masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, has endured. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On Wednesdays, classes in Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar in 1970 finished early but the school bus did not depart until 4.30pm. I spent the two hours in th(...)

Zaila Avant-garde (14), from Harvey, Louisiana is covered with confetti as she celebrates winning the finals of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Disney World, Florida. Photograph: John Raoux/AP

The US Scripps National Spelling Bee has crowned its first ever African American winner. Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde of Harvey, Louisiana, di(...)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face 19-year-old Jack Draper at Wimbledon. File photograph: Cati Cladera/EPA

Everybody loves a winner, except of course when they don’t, something Novak Djokovic knows about all too well. If it is the Serb’s lot to be respected(...)

Gareth Southgate: “I understand that on this island, we have a desire to protect our values and traditions – as we should – but that shouldn’t come at the expense of introspection and progress.” Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate was lying on a beach in Greece thinking about Eddie McGoldrick. It was June 1994 and Ray Houghton had just scored against Italy in Ne(...)

David Clinch: ‘Even though the media landscape has changed, once you have an appetite for news and are willing to do the work, there will always be opportunities.’

From Dundrum in south Dublin to the hub of global news in Atlanta in the US, David Clinch’s media career spans 30 years. He started by researching and(...)

St Joseph’s, a cemetery where a young man was shot and a botanical garden is buried

Garden centres are getting busy. Many of us are out walking, taking the odd cutting and on occasion digging out plants from the ditches to bring home.(...)

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