When it mattered most, and when a cool head was most required, there was no one better than Walter Swinburn. Photo: Adrian Murrell/Allsport/Getty Images

With Walter Swinburn it was all about the hands. They were quick enough to make him an exceptional schoolboy scrumhalf for Rockwell College. But on th(...)

Walter Swinburn and Shergar win the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths in 1981. Photo: Bob Martin/Allsport/Getty Images

 Irish jockey Walter Swinburn, who burst to fame when riding Shergar to Derby success in 1981, has died. He was 55.  Swinburn won the Epsom(...)

Botswana’s president Ian Khama at his desk in Gaborone, Botswana, on September 19th. Photograph: Siyabonga Sishi/Reuters
Happy 50th birthday, Botswana
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  • September 30, 2016, 00:38

Our commemoration of the 1916 Rising invites us to reflect on other countries’ emergence from a colonial past especially when they too celebrate a sig(...)

Students need to ask themselves honestly where they went wrong during the previous year. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of students who will receive their results on August 17th will have mixed feelings as they face into what is likely to be one of the toughes(...)

Coach Dudley Herbert(far right) coaching his players in the scrum, from left: Odran Power, Paul Wallace, Tom Prendergast, Gareth Dinneen, Mike O’Mara, Shane Leahy, Philip Madigan and Des O’Malley

I walked into Anthony O’Dwyer’s pub on Limerick’s Wolfe Tone Street last week to a very special gathering. I was greeted with a question: “how many Mu(...)

 Alex McHenry of CBC scores against Crescent in the first round of the Munster Schools Senior Cup in January. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup Final: CBC Cork v Crescent Comprehensive, Musgrave Park, Sunday, 2pm CBC Cork will attempt to move clear at the to(...)

Portrait of Thomas MacDonagh by Mick O’Dea

Thomas MacDonagh is one of the most fascinating characters behind the Easter Rising. He was born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, in 1878, the child of (...)

Former priest Henry Moloney (77) was sentenced to four years for abusing a  boy at Rockwell College, Co Tipperary in the 1980s. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

A former priest and music teacher who told the Pope in a letter last year he had a history of “abusing young boys” has been given a four-year prison t(...)

Henry Moloney (77) was found guilty on Tuesday  of seven counts of indecent assault all of which took place within one school year in the 1980s.

A former priest who wrote to the Pope asking to be laicised because of his history of “abusing young boys” has been found guilty of indecently assault(...)

Mary and John O’Farrell, with customer Con Donovan, looking over photographs of former US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ballyporeen. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

John O’Farrell, who has died aged 76, was a Co Tipperary publican who famously hosted former US president Ronald Reagan during his visit to Ireland mo(...)

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