Bryan Sheehan of South Kerry celebrates scoring a goal against Killarney Legion during the Kerry senior football championship final replay at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Inpho

Killarney Legion 1-12 South Kerry 1-13 (aet) South Kerry captured their ninth Kerry senior football championship title, when they edged out Kil(...)

Darragh O’Connell of Cuala with Jack Langton of Clara during their Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cuala 3-12, Clare 0-17: The winter sun flooded Parnell Parkyesterday afternoon but it shone more brightly for Cuala, who are back in the AIB Leinster (...)

Paul O’Connell hasn’t made a tragedy out of The End or declared himself devastated. Instead, he lightened the mood by posting a daffy picture from hospital and will be in among the team this weekend, offering advice and probably a final rallying cry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

An October Sunday lunchtime in Cardiff and a quarter-final against Argentina: this will easily be the most important game that Paul O’Connell never pl(...)

Question time: Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan in the Today With Sean O’Rourke studio at RTÉ. Photograph: Eric Luke

In the end it’s not the triumphant last hurrah that the nation has been expecting. A talismanic presence, whether leading his team or merely providing(...)

Homeland Tuesday, RTÉ Two, 9pm You just can’t keep a good agent down. The indefatigable Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is back and facing a whole new(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: “You stay at the table long enough and eventually you don’t get picked. That’s happened to me now. I’m very sanguine and relaxed about it all.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It ended where it began. The 35-year-old former rugby professional lingered in the doorway of Bective Rangers clubhouse, decked out in new Leinster(...)

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans: his odds shortened rapidly from 17-2 to 1-4 before steadying at 8-15 overnight with Paddy Power,  suggesting he may be Leinster’s preferred choice. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Wallabies’ head coach Robbie Deans has emerged as the front-runner to become the next Leinster head coach in succession to(...)

Jamie Roberts has agreed a deal with Harlequins. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will follow his fellow Lion Jonathan Sexton out of Racing Metro after signing a deal with Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins in the (...)

“You like to think, if there are rules and you sign up to those rules, then everybody plays by those rules. There is no grey area,” said Conor O’Shea. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

It’s easy to throw around war metaphors when writing about sports, especially territory-based games like rugby. Some years ago my brother was flatmate(...)

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(...)