A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)

Paul O’Connell launching  the new adidas Climachill Product Range in Dublin. “I really wish I had a bit more clarity for you.”  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inph 4:31

Paul Jeremiah O’Connell is not moving to Toulon. Where he intends to be after October 31st (the World Cup final date) will be revealed following a fam(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with Áine Lawlor and Finbar Furey at the Mansion House Dublin. Lawlor and Furey were recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcaster Áine Lawlor and folk and traditional musician Finbar Furey are among the recipients of the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Awards for their contributio(...)

 Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal goalkeepr Michael Boyle in the Allianz Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties with the biggest boxes to tick after last year meet in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League final in Croke Park. Both Dublin and Cork ha(...)

Munster’s first Irish captain Jim McCarthy has passed away at the age of 91. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jim McCarthy, Munster’s first Ireland captain, has passed away aged 91.The great Dolphin flanker won 28 international caps starting in 1948 when he c(...)

Seán Cronin and Rob Kearney raise their arms in truumph as Leinster overcome Clermont 19-15 in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If there has been one outstanding high point in Leinster’s storied European Cup history, it is probably their epic semi-final win over Clermont in Bor(...)

Cork’s Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal Michael Boyle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19If the worth of this league semi-final was always likely to be tricky enough to locate, the lack of grievous consequences whatev(...)

Colm O’Driscoll: one of three brothers in the Cork line-up for Sunday’s semi-final against Donegal at Croke Park

Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert has made eight changes for Sunday’s Allianz Football League semi-final against Donegal (which has a 2.0 start at(...)