“Our development officer when he goes into schools finds it a lot easier to talk about the games because he can say it’s on Sky, the same television station as Premier League football and that gives exposure to the games and their value.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are mixed views on the Sky Sports deal for followers of Gaelic Games in Britain. Three of the county secretaries in England have spoken to The I(...)

The scene in Glasgow’s George Square after  a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians and  left six people dead. Photo: PA

The driver of a bin-lorry that went out of control killing six people and injuring ten in one of Glasgow’s busiest shopping districts during just a (...)

Cuvier’s beaked whale. Photograph: Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Irish and British marine scientists are seriously concerned about a spike in strandings of the protected deepwater Cuvier’s beaked whale along the wes(...)

Mike Brown of England clashes with Andrea Masi of Italy during their Six Nations match at Twickenham. The fullback has not fully recovered from his head injury. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The odds on Mike Brown featuring in England’s key Six Nations game against Ireland on Sunday are lengthening after the fullback suffered a setback in(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson (left) will get much- needed game time against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho.

Like loosehead prop Cian Healy in Leinster and outhalf Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro, Irish lock Iain Henderson will start for Ulster against Edinbur(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip stands for the National Anthem against France. He was substituted after 60 minutes with a back injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/ Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss Ireland’s next Six Nations Championship match against England at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday week after scans revealed that(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray heads down the tunnel of the Aviva Stadium after the  game against France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Caught between the end result and the way it was achieved left Ireland less bubbling over than with their feet firmly on the ground. There was a warm (...)

Niall O’Brien believes Ireland have a chance of an upset in the opening World Cup Pool B game against the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA

Two countries, four weeks, six games and over 10,000 kilometres of travel await Ireland as they prepare to get their third 50-overs World Cup under(...)

France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud is tackled by Scotland hooker Ross Ford  at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, nearParis. Photograph: Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images

It may seem the number of carries in a rugby match, and who carried the ball, is simply a bald figure that shows who made the most yards, or, who was(...)