Clermont Auvergne training at Twickenham ahead of their European Champions Cup final against Toulon. They are hoping for their first European Cup victory. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Ultimately, the rugby won out, or at any rate the occasions did. The semi-finals may have been taut arm wrestles, but the sight of the Clermont player(...)

The Dáil bars saw profits increase by more than 10 per cent last year, despite declining revenues. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Profits at the Dáil Éireann bars rose by more than 10 per cent from €104,129 to €115,466 last year. However, the profits were not a result of TDs and (...)

Lasko represents a small add-on deal for Heineken, which has pushed into Mexico and spent over $6 billion in 2012 to take full control of the Asian brewer of Tiger beer

Heineken has agreed to buy Slovenian brewery Pivovarna Lasko in a deal valuing the company at €224 million, Lasko’s largest shareholder Bank Asset Man(...)

The company has combined its three separate businesses in England and Wales into a single division, C&C Brands. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

C&C, the maker of Bulmers/Magners cider, has begun a restructuring of its struggling operation in England and Wales.The company has combined its(...)

Don’t jeopardise success

Irish rugby, though a minority sport, has achieved high status internationally: Ireland are now ranked third in the world. That a country with far few(...)

Bulmers cider maker C&C suffers from a poor distribution network and heavy competition in England and Wales. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A C&C institutional shareholder says the Bulmers/Magners cidermaker is “actively evaluating” its options for its business in England and Wales, i(...)

Cees’t Hart steered FrieslandCampina through a large merger and substantial growth in Asia, a key area for Carlsberg. Photograph: Marcel Antonisse/EPA

Danish brewer Carlsberg named a new chief executive yesterday and warned that problems in Russia and Ukraine would weigh on earnings again this year.D(...)

Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, forecast its beer sales and profit margins would grow by a slower rate in 2015.

Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, forecast its beer sales and profit margins would grow by a slower rate in 2015 after a year swelled by eme(...)

 Jamie Heaslip leads his Leinster team onto the field before their Champions Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The redrawn European club map in the shape of the European Champions Cup was driven by the Anglo-French club axis to ensure that the bigger economies (...)

 Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has blamed cheap supermarket prices for a slowdown in sales. The group, which has plans to open 30 pubs in Ireland over the n(...)