Ben Goss (centre) with Andy Beattie (right), former England International and Bath Rugby player, with colleagues and friends from London, The Midlands and Gloucestershire, after arrivng at Dublin Airport for the Six Nations clash with Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

First of 15,000 travelling fans, brimful of confidence, arrive for Sunday rugby kick-off

Alondra de la Parra will conduct at the celebratory Mexican-Irish concert in the National Concert Hall.

A joint history of being on the receiving end of colonial oppression has given the Mexicans and Irish a special empathy

  AP McCoy: “I read McCoy’s autobiography a few years ago, in which he spoke with brutal honesty about the price those around him paid for his drive to win. He is a very intense man, clearly. So I wouldn’t associate the Gaelicised ‘craic’ with him that much. But as for the word’s other spelling, it could be his middle name.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You see craic these days even in the ‘Spectator’ magazine, that bastion of British conservatism

Keith Wood pictured with his wife Nicola at the annual Ireland Funds’ rugby lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former international player was the star of the show at the Ireland Funds’ annual rugby lunch

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