Wednesday morning in a café in Portlaoise and Gordon Matthews, general manager for Rugby League Ireland, is responding to a query as to why people in this country should pay heed to the code’s World Cup which starts tomorrow and sees Ireland taking on Fiji, England and Australia in the obligatory group of death.
Former teachers of one of the students from Kazakhstan arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings have described him as an easygoing teenager who distinguished himself mainly by his failing grades in maths and science.
Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement today on a common approach to reducing fears that Tehran might misuse its nuclear technology to make weapons, with the EU’s foreign policy chief declaring that the two sides “remain far apart on substance”.
Six nations have started talks with Iran in an attempt to satisfy both Tehran’s demands for international recognition of its right to advanced nuclear technology and world concerns that the Islamic Republic wants to misuse that expertise to make atomic arms.
Adam Nolan has savoured it already, but this will be young Michael Conlan’s first taste of the unique Olympic atmosphere when he joins the Wexford man on tonight’s bill at the ExCel, with the Irish camp bidding to get back on the winning trail after yesterday’s first boxing loss.