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(...)

When did you start running and why?I played a lot of football when I was younger and then in 1988, when I was 30, I started to do a bit of recreationa(...)

Seamus Moore finishing the Dublin Front Runners 5k Pride Run in the Phoenix Park.

When did you start running and why?I started running in school when I was 13 or 14. I loved the film Chariots of Fire as a kid. I only started proper (...)

Captivated by an idea: dancers tap out the ‘Heartbeat of Home’. Photograph: Jim Byrne

In a dark studio on a sunny day, the composer Brian Byrne and a couple of engineers are working on a recording. They’ve had some late nights. They’re (...)

Actor Lisa Dwan: ‘ I can’t imagine ever again playing a role that will summon so much of me.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Lisa Dwan carries a blindfold around in her handbag. This is not because the diminutive 35-year-old from Athlone might, unexpectedly, need to sleep(...)

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