The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)

Ardscoil Rís outhalf Conor Fitzgerald celebrates after kicking the winning penalty against PBC at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Limerick’s Ardscoil Rís make a third appearance in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final at Thomond Park this afternoon (2pm) but have yet to win the (...)

Denis Leamy is enjoying coaching the Rockwell forwards something he didn’t see himself doing 10 years ago. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The ball had barely left Conor Quaid’s boot when he felt the force of a tackle that left him floored and bloodied but, by the time the final whistle f(...)

Crescent celebrate their win over Ardscoil Rís last year. The defending champions could struggle to retain their title with a tough quarter-final against CBC.

The most eye-catching and intriguing quarter-final is the clash of Crescent, who will begin their bid to become the first side to win three Munster(...)

Ireland   coach Joe Schmidt has stated he  wasn’t picking players from provinces, more that he was selecting Irish players.  Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have won the Six Nations championship. Brian O’Driscoll has had his valedictory home farewell and last tango in Paris. St Patrick’s Day(...)

 Vintage tractors.  Photograph: Eric Luke

If you have a tractor, the Order of Malta wants to see it in Thurles next month. The charity is attempting to break a G(...)

Ireland’s championship winning coach  Joe Schmidt.

A touch of parochialism landed on Joe Schmidt’s porch yesterday. It was only a matter of time. With the simple c(...)

Because Seán O’Brien has such phenomenal leg drive tacklers go low because they know it’s the only way to bring him down. If leg-tackled, he  pivots to lay the ball back and right away the scrumhalf is in to take crisp, clean ball. That’s what makes him so valuable. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Watching Leinster play without Seán O’Brien on Sunday, only confirmed again how difficult it will be for them if and when he moves to France. It was a(...)

 Australia outhalf Quade Cooper spins out a pass during the Autumn International Series encounter with Ireland at Croke Park in November 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not ridiculous to believe that Australia coach Ewen McKenzie’s recipe for making Quade Cooper sweet is a dash of child psychology and a ladle of (...)

 Philanthropist Chuck Feeney: has donated $6.5 billion worldwide and will cease his activities in Ireland by 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Atlantic Philanthropies, which makes charitable donations on behalf of its founder Chuck Feeney, has granted €14.85 million to State agency Pobal t(...)