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Ukrainians Liliia Lisova (left) and Kseniia Zharova are both  staying in Ballon, Co Carlow: 'The people from Ballon are very kind and open,' says Liliia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liliia Lisova (23) was working as a barista in Cherkasy in central Ukraine when the Russian invasion began. Though her city appeared to be safe, she d(...)

More than 110 Ukrainian refugees  have arrived at Ballon’s rest centre since April. Photograph: Darek Delmanowicz/EPA

It takes a village. And a state-of-the-art community hall; tireless volunteers; and everything from donated money to shoes, prams, clothes and home-ba(...)

 Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema after scoring a penalty  and his team’s  third goal during the Champions League semi-final first-leg  match against  Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium,  Manchester, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP

There are penalty kicks and then there are Statement Penalty Kicks. Even the best players approach this trial from 12 yards with a binary sense of dre(...)

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea after win over West Ham. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty

Chelsea 1 West Ham 0 Craig Dawson had enjoyed virtually the perfect afternoon. West Ham’s one fit centre-back had been a man mountain, everything thr(...)

A report into the state of the Camp Nou showed 44 structural “issues” that would have imperilled fans. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

The Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is falling apart. Barça’s chief executive Ferran Reverter took over the day-to-day running of the club in July(...)

Former Kerry underage star Paul Walsh with. . . Ronaldinho.

Joga Bonito for Paul Walsh While the GAA news cycle in the last few days was dominated by hurling, the most surreal story doing the rounds was a foot(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Uefa Euro 2020 Group F win over Hungary in Budapest. Photo: Hugo Delgado/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo is at it again. Last Monday, he fired in another two goals for Portugal in their opening pool game at the Euro 2020 finals. He refus(...)

Use a mix of berries, and some edible flowers, to decorate your cake. Photograph: Richard Johnston

This is a really easy family favourite for all occasions, with only six ingredients. In summer, when fruit is easily available, you can go to town wit(...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

George Best leaves the pitch in Windsor Park in 1970 having been sent off against Scotland.

He was never anything but Georgie. To Patricia Hughes, who worked in our newsagent’s shop and practised social work, marriage counselling, first aid (...)

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