Wilson’s Hospital and St Gerard’s School observe a minute’s silence in memory of former Leinster Schools Administrator, Anne McInerney. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Maybe it’s my army background or maybe it’s the various privileged positions I’ve enjoyed in sport, but I’ve always assumed that to get anything done (...)

Leinster’s Jordi Murphy: will soon get back to where he was having returned from a long injury lay-off. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The last act of 2014 in the Toland’s household was the cutting of the cake. Yes, it was not just Alex Ferguson’s birthday on New Year’s Eve, but it(...)

On Saturday morning April 12th, 2014, I sat on my couch armed with a bowl of porridge flicking between BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and Super Rugby. Between(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in a maul against Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

You don’t know how strong you are until strength is all you have left. After losing at the Stoop on Saturday, Leinster will have to dig deep tomorrow,(...)

Jonathon Sexton in action against Australia. Ireland’s current game is largely based upon the kicking tactics employed by the halfbacks, Sexton and Conor Murray. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

Not long after the horror of the Great War, Winston Churchill said ‘battles are won by slaughter and manoeuvre. The greater the general, the more he c(...)

Australia’s Phillip Hughes: died  two days after he was struck in the head by a ball. He had emergency surgery before being placed in an induced coma. Photo: Philip Brown/Reuters

The horrific passing of 25-year-old Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes from ‘a bouncer’ is all too tragic. Tony Grabs, Trauma Director in Saint Vince(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney tackles Israel Folau during Saturday’s international rugby match against Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 5:39

On Friday I noted the key to Ireland’s success was high-tempo, low-error rugby. This of course was partly true, especially as Ireland rattled up 17 qu(...)

 Australia’s Michael Hooper  in action against France  at The Stade De France  Paris, France. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images 3:59

‘One thing I picked up is that Australian players like to take ownership quickly,” former Irish technical advisor and forwards coach John Mitchell wr(...)

Simon Zebo goes over to score one of six Irish tries against Georgia. Ireland took advantage of Georgia’s ill-discipline in the second half. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA 5:37

By half-time, Ireland had forced twice as many tackles from Georgia than they themselves made. In making 78, Georgia missed 10 but the score stood at (...)

Ireland’s number seven scores the all-important first try against the Springboks but perhaps he didn’t get the credit he deserved. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not long after last Saturday’s final whistle I found myself in the Aviva Premium Section 326 bar where I bumped into three wise men standing very tall(...)