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(...)