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21 February 2018 08:51 Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia

In a new study, the majority of early-onset dementia diagnoses were related to chronic heavy drinking. REGULARLY DRINKING ALCOHOL can increase a person’s risk of developing dementia, according to new research. A study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France found that alcohol-related disorders are the most important preventable risk factors 12

21 February 2018 07:00 Dublin councillor with MS: 'I was on a walking stick at 32 ... now I plan to run the marathon'

Mark Wards writes about his journey from crippling depression to running the Dublin City Marathon for MS awareness. IN 2005, MY life as I knew it was over. After years of being hospitalised, misdiagnosed and countless tests I was diagnosed with Multiple-Sclerosis (MS). I remember getting the news and my feelings were a mixture of relief and fear – relief 12

21 February 2018 01:41 Katie Taylor vows to unite titles in New York

The Bray woman puts her WBA lightweight title on the line against the Rosario orthodox, the IBF champion, at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on the Danny Jacobs-Maciej Sulecki undercard on April 28. “Last year was huge for me but it was only the start and I believe that 2018 will be even bigger, “ said Taylor, who stopped Jasmine Clarkson at the Barclays 13

21 February 2018 00:00 Ireland ranks poorly on EU social justice scale==

Ireland ranks 11th of 15 similar EU countries on a range of social and economic indicators, according to a report released to coincide with World Day of Social Justice. A Measuring Progress report finds that compared to other similar countries, Ireland scores poorly on the UN’s sustainable development goals in areas including the environment, gender 10

20 February 2018 20:00 Former world champion Andy Lee announces retirement from boxing

IRISH MIDDLEWEIGHT ANDY Lee has confirmed his retirement from boxing after a professional career which spanned 12 years and culminated in his becoming WBO World middleweight champion in 2014. Limerick’s Lee, 33, made the announcement on Off The Ball with whom he now works as a co-presenter and analyst. The stylish southpaw won 35 of his 39 professional 11

20 February 2018 07:18 David Davis: Britain won't be plunged into 'Mad Max dystopian' world after Brexit

David Davis is set to take aim at Britain’s critics in a speech later today. BREXIT SECRETARY DAVID Davis is set to make a speech today where he will say that the UK will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU. Davis’ is to address Austrian business leaders today as he embarks on a series of speeches 13

20 February 2018 01:34 Bubba: My wife told me to quit whining and play golf

Being back at Riviera changed his outlook and made him a winner again. Watson stayed in the game with three key putts early on the back nine, then fulfilled a playful pledge he forgot he even made on the par-3 14th by holing a bunker shot for birdie that allowed him to seize control in the Genesis Open. He never gave anyone a chance the rest of the way, closing 10

20 February 2018 00:00 Life through a lens: Images of lost Ireland caught on camera

In his poem Dark Ireland, Patrick Kavanagh speaks about the Irish as a “dark people, our eyes ever turned inward”. It was those words of the famous Irish poet that inspired photographer Richard Fitzgerald to look not just inward but backward on an Ireland of the recent past, evoking memories of the kind of rural life that has all but vanished. The images 15

18 February 2018 17:00 Ireland's Craig Breen claims runner-up spot in Rally Sweden

The Slieverue native was greeted by his mother at the finish line after a career-best this afternoon. CRAIG BREEN HAS produced the best-ever result by a driver from the Republic of Ireland on a WRC (World Rally Championship) event — finishing second overall at Rally Sweden. Along with co-driver Scott Martin, the Citroen C3 man went into the final three 5

18 February 2018 10:00 'He was in hospital for 55 days. I wanted to pull out of the fight but my wife said to do it for him'

Last September, Garda Niall Kennedy became the New England heavyweight champion, while his newborn son was fighting his own fight at home. BY HIS OWN admission, Garda Niall Kennedy didn’t give 100% to his amateur boxing career and almost packed it in a number of times following battles with depression and motivation. It seems impressive, therefore, that three 7