Nkosi sikalel’ iAfrika, which we heard in Dublin six days ago, is basically two songs mingled to make up South Africa’s beautiful national anthem and its status as a unifying number for the Rainbow Nation is confirmed by the five languages used in its delivery.Add in Ireland’s Call and Amhrán na bhFiann last Saturday at the Aviva and what we had was, effectively, four different anthems, seven languages and 311 words sung with pride and gusto and with Richardt Strauss’ effort ‘as gaeilge’ stealing the show before he represented his adopted country against that of his birth and upbringing.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for Real Madrid's Copa del Rey last 32 first leg 0-0 at Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday, took advantage of the break to return home to Madeira and check on the progress of his soon to open personal museum.
Munster moved to the top of Heineken Cup Pool 6 as they swept past a weakened Perpignan team 36-8 at Thomond Park today.
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Brian O'Driscoll orchestrated a masterful victory for Leinster at Franklin's Gardens that has done significant harm to Northampton's hopes of progressing in the Heineken Cup.
Munster coach Rob Penney says he doesn't expect Conor Murray to play next week's Heineken Cup return match in Perpignan.
Connacht produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Heineken Cup as they rounded off a perfect weekend in Europe for the Irish provinces with a 16-14 win in Toulouse.
Another potentially thrilling clash between Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal and Tottenham is in the pipeline after the north London rivals were drawn against each other in the FA Cup third round.
Jonny Evans has admitted there is a crisis of confidence in the Manchester United camp.
Premier League leaders Arsenal were handed a mouthwatering tie against north London rivals Tottenham in the third round of the FA Cup.
Manchester United manager David Moyes insists the club's supporters understand the troubles facing their side at present.
The first John McHale knew about EirGrid's plan to put a pylon "30m from the kitchen window" was when he opened a copy of the Western People newspaper last October.
Taxpayers have forked out €5m for college fees for hundreds of staff across government departments under the Coalition.
From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it's so sought after — and the source of occasional squabbles.
While Taoiseach Enda Kenny was downing the saki and talking up Ireland in Japan, the Government was receiving a PR boost from a US publication that is frequently described as America's business bible.
In the run-up to offering a happy gluten-free Christmas, The Foods of Athenry has clocked up four UK Great Taste awards, three new product launches, two Blás na hÉireann medals and a sales launch in the UK.
Given the trauma of the past week and the likelihood the Heineken Cup will not feature the best clubs the European game has to offer going forward, there is a premium on winning the tournament this season.
STANDING up, as she's about to leave, Louise Phillips, author of the just-named Irish Crime Novel of the Year The Doll's House may have cried as she told me about the dark place where her novels originate.
I'M from a town in Co Clare. If I was around in that town 50 years ago, and got it into my head to make a movie, I can't imagine where I would start.
Long-range weather guru Ken Ring is predicting a frosty Christmas for Ireland this year, with the south of the country most likely to get a festive snowfall.
IT IS, at best, a troubled relationship. We have in this country a prof-essional group made up of individuals we all hope we never get to meet.
It's just the backing she needed in her race against time for a Christmas miracle.
The earliest known settlers in Co Cork were hunter-gatherers who lived near Fermoy more than 10,100 years ago.
Christmas has come early for animal lover Cormac Williams whose pet donkey, named Tulip, has given birth to twin foals.
A snow-coveredforest, magic fairydust — and real life husky puppies. Welcome to Santa's grotto, Franc-style.
Sometime next year, certainly in league and possibly championship, the veteran secretary of the Sarsfields club will smile across at the first-year secretary of Erin's Own, and give a knowing nod.
The grandmother of a toddler with Down's syndrome has been waiting a year for a response from the Taoiseach and three government ministers to correspondence about disability cuts referred to them on her behalf by the troika.
A CONFERENCE at London's Royal Society next week will discuss ways to reduce emissions from gases blamed for causing rising temperatures.
A consortium that owns some of Cork's best-known pubs has initiated proceedings aimed at preventing Irish Bank Resolution Corporation selling its loans to Nama.