# Breakthrough

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Breakthrough
Welsh regions finally cleared to offer new contracts to players
Prolonged and bitter wrangling led frustrated Wales internationals to threaten a players’ strike during the Six Nations.
Last year
# nuclear fusion
US researchers announce historic nuclear fusion breakthrough
Nuclear fusion is a technology seen as a possible revolutionary alternative power source.
# top gong
Ireland's Josh van der Flier named World Rugby men's player of the year
Johnny Sexton, van der Flier, Tadhg Furlong, and Tadhg Beirne made the men’s dream team.
# Breakthrough
Joy at last for Ferns St. Aidan's as they are crowned kings of Wexford
After five previous final defeats – the most recent in 2013 – the Pat Bennett-managed red and whites overcame St. Martin’s, the champions of 2017 and 2019.
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'Roscommon need to be more consistent in beating the top two' - Fighting for position in Connacht
Cathal Cregg recently retired after a 15-year career with the Rossies.
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'Everything for me is about Munster - and it has been since I started playing rugby'
New Inn man Diarmuid Barron will enjoy his 24th Munster senior appearance this evening like it’s his first and last.
# Breakthrough
'A game-changing moment': Kidneys from genetically modified pig transplanted into human
Experts now hope to carry out a clinical trial on living humans with serious kidney problems.
All time
# Breakthrough
'I never would have seen myself last year in the position that I am'
Hannah McLoughlin has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few years, from adoring fan to Irish hockey star and Olympian.
# Breakthrough
Scales primed to make impact at Celtic after 'mental' few weeks
‘It was a mad week, signing for Celtic and then getting my first international call-up. Hopefully they complement each other.’
# Breakthrough
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be released as UK pays Iran £400m debt - report
Iranian state TV said deals have been reached to release prisoners with Western ties held in Iran.
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'A dream of mine ever since I came to the club' - Irish youngster savours Championship debut
Festy Ebosele featured for Derby County against Norwich City.
# Breakthrough
Antoine Rozner seals first European Tour title with final-round 64
The Frenchman finished two shots clear of a group of four including long-time leader Andy Sullivan.
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'There have been dark days over the years' - similarities between Tipp and Ballymun success stories
Paddy Christie has witnessed the rise in fortunes of his home club and adopted county.
# Breakthrough
Hogg ecstatic as Exeter book semi-final date with Toulouse
Exeter Chiefs defeat Northampton Saints 38-15 to seal the club’s first ever European Champions Cup semi-final spot.
# Breakthrough
Major breakthrough in UK as cheap steroid is first drug to reduce coronavirus deaths
A study found the steroid cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators.
# in-vitro
Infertile cancer patient gives birth after having her eggs frozen, new study reveals
A baby boy was born to a 34-year-old French woman who had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer.
# Breakthrough
Machine keeps human livers alive for a week outside body
The finding may increase the number of available livers for transplant, researchers say.
# Breakthrough
'A most wonderful Christmas present': HSE to reimburse cost of new cystic fibrosis treatment
About 1,200 children and adults have Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland.
# Breakthrough
Real Madrid find their Pogba within as Valverde proves the catalyst for change
The 21-year-old has become a key figure in Zidane’s second era.
# jacob's ladder
'The biggest thing people have to remember is that Jacob is a really young fella'
The Ireland and Ulster wing is 23-years-old and still striving to find consistency in his game.
# Breakthrough
John Joe Nevin finally seals fight that could ignite his pro career
The former Olympic silver medallist will fight for a WBA rankings belt next month.
# Breakthrough
'I'll remember this day for the rest of my life' - Teenage star Gauff wins first WTA title
The 15-year-old triumphed in the final in Linz against Jelena Ostapenko.
# Breakthrough
Irish teen O'Connor in contention for United debut against Huddersfield
The 18-year-old defender has linked up with the first-team for training ahead of Sunday’s game.
# Breakthrough
Emiliano Sala's missing plane has been found
The footballer and pilot David Ibbotson were the only people on board.
# Breakthrough
American promoter working on landmark all-women's pro boxing card this spring
Lou DiBella told BoxingScene that women’s pro boxing card is ‘way beyond its time.’
# Breakthrough
First baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor
The baby girl was born in December 2017, The Lancet said.
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The Deirdre Jacob case - from missing person file to murder investigation
Deirdre Jacob was last seen within yards of the driveway to her parents’ house.
# Breakthrough
Iran's largest football stadium to admit thousands of women for the first time since 1979
More than 10,000 tickets were expected to be put on sale for Wednesday’s screening.
# trinity
'Neurons can't get notions of being muscles': What makes cells with the same DNA act differently?
“Imagine your genes are books in a library…”
# Breakthrough
New blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease developed by Irish researchers
Doctors have said that early diagnosis of the disease is key for improving the quality of life.
# Breakthrough
Germany's Social Democrats clear path for Merkel's fourth term
Merkel has been leading Germany for 12 years.
# Breakthrough
Midleton send champions packing as they power into first Harty Cup final in 12 years
The Cork school will face Limerick’s Ardscoil Rís in the final.
# tabby's star
We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
Tabby’s Star has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other for years.
# regenerative medicine
Scientists at NUI Galway make breakthrough for Parkinson’s disease
The degeneration and death of brain cells that regulate movement is what affects the ability of a person with Parkinson’s to control movement.
# Research
New species of orangutan discovered in Indonesia - but it's already endangered
Until recently, scientists thought there were only two genetically distinct types of orangutan.
# Breakthrough
Scientists fix disease genes in human embryos for the first time
Just over 72% of the embryos ended up being free of a heart disease-causing mutation.
# Breakthrough
Good news for pale skin: Scientists have come up with a drug to help people tan without exposure to the sun
Applied as a cream to the skin, the drug allowed red-haired mice to develop a deep tan.
# Breakthrough
Infertility problems in mice solved with 3D-printed ovaries
It’s hoped that 3D-printed skin, ears, bone scaffolds, and heart valves could solve a number of medical issues.
# Breakthrough
Breakthrough in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann disputes
Meanwhile, unions at Bus Eireann have entered talks to see if they can find a way to avoid next week’s strike.
# mainstay medical
A Dublin firm has invented a 'breakthrough' back pain device
The company announced its Reactiv8 device was used at a hospital in Germany.