Seán O’Brien: very optimistic about Ireland’s future under Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien’s simple rationale as to why Ireland will win the Six Nations championship in Paris this Saturday is compelling and beli(...)

Carlow 2-7 Longford 1-19Longford made short work of Carlow during a blistering first-half display at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.Jack Sheedy’s side domin(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)

Laois’s Padraig Clancy will attempt to fill a huge void in midfield in the absence of Brendan Quigley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAVIN CUMMISKEYThe luck of the draw means either Carlow or Laois will stay afloat for a while yet. On the evidence of both counties opening round coll(...)

 Dessie Dolan, seen here  with manager Pat Flanagan, is now back to full fitness for Westmeath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One thing guaranteed that every county manager will tell you about the championship is the importance of not looking beyond your first game, a(...)

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