As well as penning 25 novels (she published her last, Bittersweet, in 2013), Colleen McCullough was a neuroscientist.

Goddess help us if a woman who has actually achieved anything ever dies.Colleen McCullough died in hospital on Norfolk Island, a small outcrop in the (...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip speaking to the press at UCD, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In weeks like these players like Jamie Heaslip talk about their positions and hold them steady. No wavering. Wasps visit will test many parts of th(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner tackles Ospreys’ Dan Biggar during their Heineken Cup victory at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. “We knew we were crap against Munster. We didn’t front up. We knew we had to go into that game all guns blazing,” he says. Photograph: PA  .

Moments after Jonathan Sexton took leave of the Leinster shed for the last time, he told waiting journalists not to worry about the ethos of the group(...)

Approach with caution: Savages

Last month in Derry I sat in a church pew chatting with Savages. Not the “all-girl band Savages” or the “all-female quartet Savages”. Just Savages.(...)