The surprise of not seeing Cork, Galway or Tipperary in the semi-finals is just one twist in an exciting Championship.
The word emulating from the Irish Rugby training camp is that this Irish team is the most focused and well prepared Irish side to ever compete at a World Cup. Stronger, fitter and faster they may be, but they must also consider that the teams they will meet in France in a few weeks time are also preparing meticulously, not least two other members in Ireland's aptly named “group of death”, France and Argentina.
Oxford University has come under increasing criticism of late. It has emerged that the university is scanning the social networking site, Facebook, in order to enforce disciplinary rules of the university.
We have all gotten used to researching, communicating and shopping online. But what about fundraising online?
Is our lack of a summer getting you down? Well this month we took a look at some gadgets that might just brighten up your day.
The cherry is one of the better know trees in Ireland because it is often planted as on ornamental street-tree. It ushers in the spring with a wonderful splash of colour. However, most of these white and pink blossoms have come from afar, mainly from Asia in particular from Japan.
Though unfamiliar to most people, the Willow Warbler is actually an extremely common bird in Ireland. Indeed, it is our most numerous summer migrant, with around two million individuals making the journey here each spring; they begin to leave for their west African wintering grounds in August, staging in Iberia en route. The species occurs in all counties, and despite its name is not confined to willows, nesting also in a wide range of young deciduous trees and bushes, woodland edges and scrubland.
A recent survey of 931 people it was found that an additional 395,640 people would have voted on Election Day had e-voting been available to them.
Indonesia's anti-graft court today sentenced the former minister of maritime and fishery affairs to seven years in prison for his role in a graft case.
Violent outbreaks over the building of churches in Egypt are symptomatic of a growing sectarian divide, writes Jonathan Spollen.