Pirate Irwin

Pirate Irwin is a journalist with Agence France Presse , who has been based in Paris for 16 years having initially arrived for just a six month summer stay. Born in Ireland in 1965 and educated at Eton and Institute for Foreign Students in Tours after missing out on University by a large margin. His first name is a gift from his grandfather inspired by Radio Caroline but not appreciated by a Roman Catholic priest at christening. 

Tragic trailblazer Fashanu honoured as homophobic United fans shamed

Fashanu will be honoured on what would have been his 59th birthday, an occasion also marked by a reminder from Manchester United that homophobia still exists in football

Serena wary of Riske factor at Wimbledon

The 37-year-old seven-time champion is moving into something resembling her best form after an unconvincing first week

‘My goal is to win Wimbledon,’ says teen Gauff after Venus shock

The teenage American, who was not even born when Williams won her first two Wimbledon singles titles, showed not an ounce of fear on Court One

United’s foundations at risk unless Solskjaer rids club of ‘weeds’

United's millionaire stars such as Paul Pogba and David de Gea put up a display described by the British press on Monday as "abject"

Peace at last between ‘Special One’ and Wenger

The 69-year-old Wenger won the award on the back of his revolutionising English football

Take a header at dementia

It seems logical that football is linked to the illness but a researcher says it’s not that clear-cut

Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona — reports

The reported agreement would see Pogba pick up £346 000 a week, almost double what he earns at United

Serena Williams seeded for Wimbledon, Murray misses out

The 36-year-old — who was not seeded for the French Open — has made only a tentative return to action

Ka-ching! It’s raining cash in the EPL

Records were smashed in the transfer window

‘Heartbroken’ Makwala surges into 200m final, Van Niekerk double on track

Botswana's Isaac Makwala admitted to being fuelled by anger as he ran two rounds of the 200m – one on his own – to reach the final.

Mourinho faces Chelsea, Lincoln dream of Arsenal

Jose Mourinho will have to get past former club Chelsea if FA Cup holders Manchester United are to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive.

Olympics 2020: Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul bids too close to call

One of the closest contests in Olympic history has gone down to the wire in Buenos Aires as the International Olympic Committee prepared to vote.

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Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

Security and Compliance Evolution in the Data Revolution

Organisations must adopt a risk-based approach to compliance and rely on technology to mitigate that risk and on people and process controls as well

Covid-19 vs Child Nutrition

Children are being impacted severely across the world because of things such as reduced immunisation as health services prioritise treating Covid-19 cases

MTN’s network innovation sees 5G launched at 100 sites countrywide

MTN South Africa has launched its widely accessible 5G network – the first of MTN’s 21 operations across Africa and the Middle East

Economic ramifications of Covid-19

There is an opportunity for business and government in collaboration to galvanise and work together, and present ourselves as a viable destination for investment

BCX empowers its finance staff with professional accounting qualifications

'For the finance function to go beyond the numbers we need to be professional and we cannot leave out the financial control experts'

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