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  2014 brought a  chilling demonstration of the gap in quality when Brazil lost 7-1 at home to Bayern Munich (aka Germany).  Brazil’s Fernandinho reacts after a goal  by  Toni Kroos.   Photograph: Roert Ghement/EPA

The last even-numbered year when European countries did not play a major football tournament was 1956: Elvis Presley’s I Want You, I Need You was the (...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: Chief medical officer Tony Holohan and Minister for Health Simon Harris will be crushed under a “stampede” of Irish families rushing to go on foreign holidays.  Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has predicted Ireland’s quarantine of incoming passengers will be scrapped within two weeks as he rounded on t(...)

 Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary: he says it is  unrealistic to think that all Irish people will take a holiday at home rather than travelling abroad.   Photograph: Getty Images

Irish holiday-makers can expect a year of cut price airfares across the airline industry, Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has said. Predicting a relati(...)

 Ryanair Holdings chief executive Michael O’Leary argued the Republic should be following the lead of Spain, France, Italy and other holiday destinations by lifting restrictions on visitors from next month. Photograph: Getty Images

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary boss has urged the Government to abandon what he says are “ineffective” quarantine rules for overseas travellers. And he(...)

People enjoy a sunny day on the beach in Tuscany’s Castiglione della Pescaia in Italy. The country’s international borders are due to open to tourists  on June 3rd. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/LaPresse via AP

With the summer almost upon us, holiday plans are coming ever more sharply into focus. With Ireland’s phased exit from lockdown unlikely to give the g(...)

Converted French farmhouse

IRELAND: CO ROSCOMMON Pat Hughes & Co is seeking €150,000 for this four-bedroom bungalow at Moneymore, Knockgrohery, Co Roscommon (...)

Susan O’Brien’s book, The Italian Escape, is due to launch in Ireland this June.

Originally from Co Cork, Susan O’Brien studied languages at UCC, majoring in Italian. “I left college in 1994 and moved to Italy with notions of teach(...)

Rosemary Smith trains at Silverstone for the RAC British Grand Prix,  July 1967. Photograph:  Mike McLaren/Central press/Hulton Archive/Getty

Rosemary Smith marvelled at the liveried trucks and cars gleaming in the sunshine at the Circuit Paul Ricard just outside the French city of Marseille(...)

French economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire participates in an Ecofin video conference with other European finance ministers on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The European Commission is to propose a recovery fund of more than a trillion euro, including a mix of grants and loans, its executive vice president (...)

Larry Dunne (centre), picture on March 12th, 1985, being led into the Central Criminal Court.  Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Heroin dealer Larry Dunne, who died in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, on Monday, was one of the most notorious Irish criminals from the era be(...)

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