Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 22 April 2014
Tens of thousands of people are on the brink of starvation in Syria, twenty thousand of them in the disputed Damascus suburb of Yarmouk.
Food has been scarce in Yarmouk since the beginning of the year but conditions have dramatically worsened recently after the regime blocked food supplies in an attempt to force rebel groups inside to surrender.
The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov spoke to Sean from Beirut.
History of Sport
We are a country steeped in sport. The sports we play and enjoy today have their roots in a far different era.
A new book, Sport in Ireland, 1600–1840 isthe first book to examine all the main sports played in Ireland over a nearly 250 year period, from the beginning of the 17th century to the onset of the Famine.
Its author is James Kelly, Cregan professor of history at St Patrick’s College spoke to Sean about the sporting events of the past.