Alison Miller in action against New Zealand

When Portlaoise native Alison Miller scored Ireland’s second try against New Zealand in last month’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, she immediately etched h(...)

Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

Kay Wilson of England touches down  during the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against   Ireland   at Stade Jean Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:   Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images 2:24

Ireland 7 England 40 There can be no complaints. Ireland, the most professional amateur group Joe Schmidt said he has ever encountered, were utterly s(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller runs in for a try against New Zealand during the Pool B clash at the FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Anyone familiar with Laois GAA will have heard of the Miller clan from Timahoe. Dick Miller was county chairman a few years ago.“My dad [the late Bobb(...)

Nora Stapleton returns at outhalf for Ireland’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Philip Doyle has named the same starting XV that beat New Zealand for Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris (...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle following the victory over New Zealand at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day begins at different times for everyone and for some, like Ireland’s video analyst Lenny Browne, it never ends at all. For most it became a day(...)

Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a necessary risk but Ireland coach Philip Doyle has dramatically altered his team to face Kazakhstan in tomorrow’s final Pool B match in Marcouss(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle in Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In a quiet moment late last night Philip Doyle visibly winces when it was mentioned this achievement has the Irish women crossing the Black Rubicon be(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller touches down for a try against New Zealand during their World Cup Pool B  clash at  FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 17 New Zealand 14 Going boldly where no Irish men have gone before, Fiona Coghlan’s heroic band of women have defeated New Zealand on(...)

Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell, Fiona Coghlan, Fiona Hayes and Gillian Bourke celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 1:31

Belief has long been deeply ingrained in the Ireland women’s rugby squad, but the rest of us only dared to wonder after Heather O’Brien’s try against(...)