The opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

And so it is upon us: the rugby man’s season of heaven on earth. Autumn of 2015 and here we stand in the vague hope that Ireland can become champions (...)

Philip Matthews can’t stop  Michael Lynagh scoring the winning try in the 1991 World Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Inpho

The best teams in any sport are the ones who never know when they are beaten. For them, the clock seems to tick on that little bit longer and f(...)

Gordon Hamilton’s try put Ireland on the brink of a famous win over Australia and the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Inpho

Ahead of the 1991 World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and Australia, not many people were giving Ciaran Fitzgerald’s side a prayer. Indeed,(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be seeking to fine-tune Ireland’s game plan in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the World Cup four years ago, Ireland would have traded four warm-up defeats for four wins in the pool stages, and that is exactly what trans(...)

Jason Platt  claims he suffered life-changing injuries after falling 27 feet from a window  as he tried to flick ash from a cigarette. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A man who claims he suffered life-changing injuries after allegedly falling 27 feet from a third floor bedroom window of an hotel in Kinsale as he tri(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

Beef farmers at a protest outside the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Beef farmers remain “deeply frustrated” over cattle prices despite some agreements being reached with producers at talks earlier this week. The execu(...)

 Farmers protesting outside Grennagh meat factory were joined by IFA President Eddie Downey, Henry Burns, of then Beef and Livestocks Board and Pat Smyth, IFA General Secretary on Monday. Photograph: Pat Moore.

The Irish Farmers’ Association has been warned that any further blockades of meat processing plants as part of the dispute with factories over beef pr(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey has said farmers need an urgent response from meat factories on beef prices. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Irish Farmers Association executive council has sanctioned further action against the beef factories as part of its campaign to secure beef price (...)

Farmers demonstrate outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef-price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Beef farmers and meat industry representatives will meet with Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney this afternoon amid an ongoing row over cattle pr(...)