Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) players would also have been fretful about holding down their place in the national squad. If you’re in a(...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

National Anthems; David Schwimmer in Some Girl(s); Claire Danes in Pygmalion. In such situations, casting(...)

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke watches  from the sideline of Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

National League. We had a lot of fellas who went to the United States. I don’t envisage anyone going away(...)

Jason Byrne: wasted a chance against his former club Bray. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Bohemians 0 Bray Wanderers 0 Bohemians defenders Derek Pender and Anto Murphy were taken off on stretchers as their side had to settle for (...)

Derry City’s Mark Timlin, pictured here in action against Dundalk, received his marching orders at the Brandywell against Sligo Rovers. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Derry City 1 Sligo Rovers 1 The performance of a guest referee from the Irish League was the(...)

Daryl Horgan (far right)   celebrates scoring his and Dundalk’s first goal in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division game against St Patrick’s  Athletic at Richmond Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Dundalk 2 One by one and with apparently increasing ease Dundalk clear the hurdles that stand between them and another title. (...)

Shamrock Rovers’ Gary McCabe and John Kavanagh of Cork City after the scoreless game at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Cork City 0 Dundalk 0 Premier Division leaders Dundalk will have been the happiest after a scoreless draw at Turner’s Cross. With only t(...)

Lee Duffy opened the scoring for Drogheda United in their victory over Galway United at United Park. Photo:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Drogheda United 2 Galway United 0 President Michael D Higgins was in attendance as Drogheda United recorded a 2-0 win at home to Galway United on Frid(...)

Lansdowne captain Ron Boucher leads the celebrations after victory over Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A Final at the  Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

(...) disconnect at various levels for various reasons depending on your league, ambition or geographical(...)

The intercounty retirements of Brian Hogan, Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh are a huge loss, not just to Kilkenny, but hurling at large. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

(...) national saint and the ensuing fallout had some exorcised for a while. And then came the press call we all(...)