Such has been winger Matt Healy’s improvement over the last couple of seasons with Connacht that he was recently invited to train with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro12’s leading try scorer would not where he is today were it not for Lansdowne. And Matt Healy probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t f(...)

Munster number eight Robin Copeland on the charge against Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cardiff v Munster, Cardiff Arms Park, Friday, 7.15pm Munster make five changes for their visit to Cardiff with James Cronin and Mike Sherry returni(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland fends off the tackle from  Graham Kitchener of Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Richard Cockerill, the Leicester Tigers director of rugby of all people, denied that this seemingly comprehensive defe(...)

A dejected Tomas O’Leary after the final whistle as Munster suffer a frustrating defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Confirmation of an unmistakable trend. Leicester, lacking the power of a Saracens pack or the razor slicing London Was(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi chips AS Roma goalkeeper  Wojciech Szczesny to score his side’s second goal in the Champions Cup Group F game at the  Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 6 Roma 1 Luis Suarez hit a brace and set up a double for Lionel Messi in his first start after injury as Barcelona crushed AS Roma 6-1 at th(...)

Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated) Aston Villa (19) v Swansea (14) - Live Setanta Sports 1 Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a fully-fit squad f(...)

Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Now in its ninth year, Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street remains food heaven for many readers. The business is constantly innovating and last (...)

Forage for supper: Bring your mother to a wildfood masterclass at Brook Lodge in Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Don’t panic, it’s not this weekend: you still have a week to sort your Mother’s Day present. However, if you were born to that impossible-to-spoil (...)

The presidential suite at Dublin’s Marker Hotel

Presidential Suite, The Marker Hotel, Dublin At 129sq m it’s about the size of a typical family home, spread across two bedrooms, with an entra(...)

Austin Stacks’ Kieran Donaghy squeezes the ball into the Mid Kerry net during yesterday’s county final. Photograph: Inpho

After one of the best county finals of recent vintage, the common emotion running through both Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry camps is one of relief, tin(...)