Tom Tierney talking to the Irish backs during the captain’s run recently. The Grand Slam may have slipped out of reach but a second Six Nations in three years is within touching distance. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Let’s briefly revisit the French visit to Ashbourne in February. Not to highlight the floodlight failure again but to reveal its positive impact.Unbek(...)

Wales 0 Ireland 20Ireland put themselves firmly into Women’s Six Nations title contention as they ground out an ultimately comfortable win to end Wale(...)

 Ireland’s Jenny Murphy and Alison Miller are dejected after defeat to France. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 5 France 10 “You can’t charge people €10 to stand in the rain for an hour with their children,” said one of the 2,100 crowd. “This is Te(...)

Niamh Briggs and  Nora Stapleton: Ireland will be hoping to repeat their 2013 Grand Slam. They face Italy today in their opening match of the Six Nations.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Now more than ever, Ireland could pay heed to the ways of Phil Jackson. The legendary NBA coach rebuilt the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan unexpec(...)

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(...)

Ireland need all the variables to fall inther favour at Stade Jean Bouin this evening. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

If you don’t believe in the prowess of Fiona Coghlan’s band of sisters by now, you never will. Ireland can win this evening, they really can, but t(...)

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 (...)

Claire Molloy: “This game, England in a world cup semi-final, this is our dream. We now know we can beat New Zealand, so why not England as well?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It would be Claire Molloy who caught hypothermia. You might have seen the picture. A bitterly cold, wet and windy day in a town called Parabiagio, (...)

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(...)