Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman: “Connacht themselves are viable candidates for a trophy. Okay, the Challenge Cup is gone for them this year but no-one will want to play against them in the knock-out stages. I wouldn’t like to play against them anyway.”

No less than Pat Lam at Connacht, Bernard Jackman is building something special at Grenoble, and after these two kindred spirits and their like-minded(...)

Grenoble’s  Chris Farrell: “I guess I see it as a challenge and maybe an opportunity to put my name in people’s minds in Ireland.” Photograph: Jean Pierre Clarot/AFP/Getty

As one of three Irish players on the Grenoble squad with James Harte and Denis Coulson, living in the Alps can sometimes be home away from home for Ch(...)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey scores a try against Benetton Treviso during the Pro12 game at Kingspan Stadium in February. Photograph: Darren kidd/Inpho.

Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken has a resonance for many sports people. It is commonplace among the athletic fraternity to face a choice as a t(...)

 Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Collins.

1991: English journalist, Ian Bailey moves to Ireland and settles in West Cork where he meets Welsh artist, Jules Thomas and sets up home with her and(...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts  for his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Here’s an overview of the key evidence from the High Court this week, where Ian Bailey is suing the Garda Commissioner and State over the conduct of (...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey leaving the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

A total of 54 suspects or persons of interest were identified by gardaí investigating the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in (...)

Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes leaving the Four Courts after giving evidence in Ian Bailey’s High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Journalist Ian Bailey was among 54 people initially categorised as suspects or persons of interest for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west(...)

Grenoble’s scrumhalf James Hart in action  during the French Top 14 clash against  Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon. Photo: Raymond Roig/Geggy

Grenoble produced arguably the performance of the weekend when they travelled to the Stade Ernest Wallon and beat their hosts Toulouse 25-22 in a pul(...)

Chris Farrell scores a try for Grenoble  during the French Top 14 match against Racing Metro at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. Photograph:   Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Farrell’s initial sporting passion was soccer. Growing up in Fivemiletown, a village in south Tyrone and a short distance from the border with F(...)

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)