Keith Earls sat out Ireland’s training session at carton House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland squad limited themselves to a run-out of medium intensity for about 45 minutes amid the snow flurries at their Carton House base yesterday(...)

Welsh and Irish fans show the tension of the last moments of the drawn Six Nations game in the Palace Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The four proud provinces of Ireland were “together standing tall”, as is now usual. But in a twist unforeseen by Phil Coulter’s rugby anthem, it was a(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray  crashes through the tackle from Justin Tipuric of Wales to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland 16 Wales 16 Ireland and Wales don’t do dull, and don’t do predictable, and so it continued in this entertaining Six Nations opener at the A(...)

A nostalgic nod to ham and turnip dinners

There is nothing exotic about the ingredients used to make this particular comfort food. They are cheap and easy to find anywhere in Ireland. I got a(...)

Northern Ireland has had the highest suicide rate in the UK since 2012

For the third year in succession Northern Ireland has had the highest suicide rate in the United Kingdom, according to the latest figures from the Bri(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

France head coach Guy Noves: has promised to restore some of the traditional flamboyance of les Bleus. Photograph:Inpho

One of the more fascinating aspects of another Six Nations campaign is the contrast in the coaching tickets, and specifically the head coaches. Coming(...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: if the Republican candidate is elected president, the US could lurch towards a weird mixture of unilateralism (kick their asses and ask questions later) and isolationism (withdrawing into a nativist fantasy world with no Mexicans, no Muslims and no international obligations). Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich

Could this be the year of the unthinkable? Let’s be apocalyptic for a moment and consider six things that just might happen this year: 1. The Europea(...)

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ordered Topaz to sell Esso’s 50 per cent stake in a fuel terminal in Dublin Port as a condition of being allowed to buy Esso. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Texaco owner Valero Ireland and Applegreen are understood to be in the running to buy the wholesale business that service station operator Topaz must (...)

Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas.

A former BBC journalist’s €75,000 defamation claim against a 92-year-old widow, from whom he bought the copyright of eight pictures of Dylan Thomas, h(...)