Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Maggie Cantwell, wife of the late Manchester United star Noel Cantwell, and her daughter Kate talking with Roy Keane at the opening of Noel Cantwell Walk in the Mardyke area of Cork City. Photograph: Provision

Former Irish soccer and cricket international Noel Cantwell was on Friday honoured in his native Cork when a pedestrian passageway near where he grew (...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

Banbridge’s Stephen Dowds (left) who scored twice in his side’s 4-4 draw against Lisnagarvey

Banbridge’s 4-4 tie with Lisnagarvey on Saturday evening at Havelock Park has left an intriguing three-way shoot-out for the playoff places from Pool (...)

Kieran Marmion returns from duty with the Irewland squad to bolster Connacht’s challenge against Scarlets. Photograph: Inpho

  Connacht face another benchmarking test of their development this season as they host the Scarlets, opponents against whom they last won(...)

The Republic of Ireland team celebrate their third goal of the game last night in the Aviva. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 19, 2014, 08:30

There may have been no hint of Celtic Park’s intensity, but after a testing week for the Republic of Ireland squad and management they bounced back(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora an(...)

Prof Michael O’Neill: ‘Big data and data science are just the latest buzz words for what is really analytics . . . or statistics.’

What do the World Cup winning German football team, the hugely successful Irish international boxing team, US government measures to deal with epidemi(...)