Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)

The tour (including Patrick Freyne, far right) gathers around guide Philip McComb at Cushendun, Co Antrim. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim some strangers are trying to recall the name of a minor character from a minor scene in Game of Thrones. “Hotpie,(...)

Kurtley Beale (right) of Australia receives a kick against New Zealand  during their Rugby Championship match in Sydney. Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Australia 12 New Zealand 12 Australia foiled New Zealand’s bid to win an historic 18th consecutive Test as the Bledisloe Cup rivals played out (...)

2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Pool B, FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris, France 5/8/2014Ireland vs New ZealandIreland's Niamh Briggs celebrates after the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs is among four nominees for the IRB women’s rugbyworld player of the year.The full-back, who will be in action in the World Cup(...)

Ireland’s Ailis Egan and Gillian Bourke celebrate after Tuesday’s famous victory.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What a week for Irish sport. More than 100 years of battles on the rugby pitch and, finally, a senior international Irish team conquer New Zealand, th(...)

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Anthony Foley: reports his Munster squad is coming together nicely for the new season.

New Munster coach Anthony Foley said the job is consuming him 24-7 but he is loving every minute of being in charge of his native Munster.The former (...)

Ireland’s Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell celebrate after their side’s victory over New Zealand in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter Bracken was a contender. A genuine contender. Always had the size. Has a Heineken Cup medal too, won with Wasps in 2007. An Ireland cap passe(...)

Heather O’Brien embraces a member of the support staff after Ireland’s  victory over New Zealand  at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The good news, and there’s plenty, is Ireland will almost certainly avoid New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final when the tournament moves into Paris(...)

Colin Slade, who comes in to the New Zealand squad for the injured Dan Carter,  scores a try. Photograph:   ©INPHO/Photosport/Andrew Cornaga

The All Blacks called flyhalf Colin Slade into their squad for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday after Dan Carter was ruled out of the first two tes(...)