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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

Pair held in hacking probe released

The son of an independent councillor and another man arrested on suspicion of computer hacking which crashed the Fine Gael website have been released without charge.

Shane Long ruled out of Republic of Ireland international

Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia tonight after suffering a calf strain in training.

Ned Kelly's body is found at last

The headless remains of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly have been identified, officials said yesterday. Kelly led a gang that robbed banks and killed policemen in the state of Victoria between 1878 and 1880.

Trapattoni's old <i>catenaccio</i> style has Irish on brink of summer party

It's a key week for veteran coach but his defensive nous gives Ireland every hope of reaching Euro 2012

Whelan warns about Republic's 'gung-ho' approach

Glenn Whelan insists the Republic of Ireland will not jeopardise their Euro 2012 hopes by taking a gung-ho approach to their must-win game with Slovakia in Dublin tomorrow.

Aston Villa agree deal to sign Ireland Under-21 international Enda Stevens

Aston Villa have confirmed they reached an agreement with Shamrock Rovers to sign Republic of Ireland Under-21 international defender Enda Stevens in January.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes 'overwhelmed' by England call-up

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes admits getting picked for England has been "overwhelming".

Irish domestic violence charity 'struggling to cope'

Almost 250 women desperate to escape a violent partner were turned away by an overstretched charity last year.

Johnson given reason to be optimistic but not expectant

Ireland 9 England 20: England look some way short of World Cup standard despite welcome victory in Dublin

Derby hero Pour Moi suffers serious injury

Accident in training is not life-threatening but is enough to end the career of trainer Andr&#233; Fabre's Classic winning colt

Profit and Loss, By Leontia Flynn

The sum of all her tears

Brutal England show Johnson right signals

Make no mistake; this was no warm-up game. Well, technically it was, but it was ultimately one hell of a Test match. It had everything; a ferocious battle at the scrummage, car crash collisions all over the park and one or two moments of brilliance providing that creative spark we all wantedto see.

Tom Wood forced out of England warm-up

England's back row resources have been stretched before they even depart for the World Cup after Tom Wood was forced to pull out of tomorrow's final warm-up international against Ireland.

Anglo Irish reveals big losses drop

Ireland's rogue lender Anglo Irish Bank has dramatically reduced losses to just over 100 million euro (£88 million), down from the record-breaking figures it suffered last year.

Morgan's trip home ends in victory without much honour

England 201-8 Ireland 117-8 (England win by 11 runs - D/L method)

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