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I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.

The future of the Olympic Stadium is still undecided

West Ham to be named preferred bidders in Olympic Stadium ruling today

The outcome of a bid by West Ham to move into the Olympic Stadium should be revealed today.

England striker Andy Carroll interviewed by police over alleged assault at West Ham Christmas party

No arrests made in connection with incident

More than 80 puppies seized by police investigating dog trafficking after being found in “shocking” conditions

More than 80 puppies have been seized by police during an investigation into dog trafficking and the alleged sale of dogs on the internet.

The music mogul sued The Sun over a story in the paper last year, that was based on a false allegation that he had sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin night-spot.

Louis Walsh wins £400,000 from Sun over claim he groped man in club toilets

Music mogul successful in defamation fight

UBM to return to London after four-year stay in Dublin

The owner of PR Newswire is set to return to the British tax fold this week, after having moved its headquarters to Dublin in 2008 to escape what it called the UK's harsh fiscal regime.

South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth cited

Etzebeth will appear before an International Rugby Board disciplinary hearing on Tuesday

Manu Tuilagi inches the ball over the line for England’s one try against Australia yesterday

Defeats leave Lions share of problems

Humblings of the home nations will force coach Warren Gatland into major rethink ahead of next year's series in Australia

Martin Fay: Founder-member of the Chieftains

'I had no interest in Irish music,' he recalled. 'I wanted to be a soloist in the Carnegie Hall'

Sir Richard Branson completes a kitesurf across the Channel

Branson leads the kitesurfers' revolt as Olympic chiefs reverse course to leave sport out of Rio

Sailing's governing body reverses decision to replace windsurfing after international outcry

Jamie Heaslip yesterday admitted he was “humbled” at being asked to lead Ireland for the first time

Ireland look to the future by making Heaslip captain

Jamie Heaslip yesterday admitted he was "humbled" at being asked to lead Ireland for the first time as succession planning for the captaincy began.

David Blanchflower: Cameron's employment claims just don't add up

Economic Outlook: He insists one million jobs have been created; they haven’t

Andy Hazell

Former England flanker Andy Hazell hit with lengthy ban after attacking opponent

Former England flanker Andy Hazell has been hit by a 14-week suspension.

Exeter’s Tom Johnson fails to stop Wesley Fofana scoring

French are on different planet as punch-drunk Chiefs left seeing stars

Exeter Chiefs 12 Clermont Auvergne 46

'Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!' - The front page of Sweden's 'Expressen'

'60 minutes heaven, 30 minutes hell': It's a 'life lesson' for Joachim Löw as Germany show frailty against Sweden

Germany spent yesterday recovering from one of the strangest results in international football over the last few years.

Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job

Trapattoni refuses to throw in towel

Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job, despite overseeing the country's worst competitive defeat on home soil.

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