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Shane Lowry with the Claret Jug and his grandmother Emily Scanlon during his homecoming to Offaly after winning the British Open at Portrush. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Absolutely,” is the reply from Shane Lowry when asked if he’d carry the Irish flag at the Olympics opening ceremony in Tokyo next year. Lowry’s win (...)

João Gilberto in 2008. The performer is credited with helping  to turn bossa nova into a global symbol of a young and confident Brazil. Photograph: Marco Hermes/AFP/Getty Images

João Gilberto, one of the primary creators of bossa nova, the intimate Brazilian music that became a major cultural export, has died. He was 88. His s(...)

 Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral: has already been sentenced to 198 years in a series of trials following a corruption spree. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski

Rio de Janeiro paid out bribes to members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to secure the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, (...)

President Michael D Higgins meets Pope Francis in Dublin  last year. Coverage of the Papal visit, the presidential election and the FIFA World Cup cost RTÉ €7.2 million. Photograph: Maxwell Photography via Getty Images.

It has become a standard procedure for companies presenting their annual earnings to explain that they would have made an operating profit were it not(...)

The IOC recommended last month that boxing should keep its place at next year’s Games but recognition of AIBA  should be suspended until the issues surrounding its finances and governance are resolved. Photograph:    Kevin  Cox/Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday thrashed out the plan for the boxing qualification and competition for next year’s Tokyo 2020 (...)

Ricardo Filho, an engineer from Brazil, who has lived in Ireland since 2016 with his wife. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ricardo Filho was earning €250 a month in his job as a co-ordinator at an English-language school in Brazil when he received word from UCD that he had(...)

Salvage teams working  to retrieve debris from the wreckage of Air France flight 447 off the coast of Brazil in  2009.  Source: Forca Aerea Brasileira via Bloomberg News

Ten years ago Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the Atlantic with the loss of all 216 passengers and 12 crew. The trag(...)

 Residents mourn surrounded by police officers outside a bar after a shooting, in Belém, Para state, Brazil. Photograph: Claudio Pinheiro/Agencia Panamazonica/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven people have been killed after gunmen reportedly attacked a bar in the capital of Brazil’s northern Para state. The state security agency confi(...)

Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded a Fields Medal for her mathematical research. She died from breast cancer at the age of 40 in 2017.

The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mat(...)

Rory McIlroy  signs autographs during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Long Island, New York, on Monday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The problem for Rory McIlroy is one of having to walk on eggshells. Damned if you do; damned if you don’t. In reaffirming his original intention to re(...)

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