TThe whole country was elated at the news from New Zealand - Ireland had beaten the West Indies in the World Cup. This win is on a par with our first victory over Pakistan in 2007 and our win over England in 2011. This was no flash in the pan or fluke. It surely represents the emergence of Ireland as a major cricketing power. Prepare to be bowled over again.

FFarmer Rory O'Brien was jailed for 18 months this week for animal cruelty offences. The judge described the Cork man's treatment of pigs, which led some animals to eat others, as "cruelty on an industrial scale". It is difficult to imagine how anyone could treat defenceless animals in such a wanton fashion. O'Brien deserves to spend every day of his sentence behind bars.