“I fancy if Gilroy was Argentinian or Australian he would likely be a star with 30-plus caps.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Following on from the past two weeks, a thought has struck me. In London I watched the third-place playoff in the Sydney Arms where a passionate Ir(...)

Like all Michael Cheika’s teams, Australia were way too streetwise, together and opportunistic for Argentina. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Some of the previously optimistic Irish fans who had bought tickets for the semi-finals made the trek to Twickenham over the weekend. There were clear(...)

Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan dejected after losing his UFC fight against  Louis Smolka. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan could teach us all how to deal with sporting setbacks, and gawd almighty we’ve had our fair share of late, the final stra(...)

Australia head coach  Michael Cheika congratulates David Pocock after the Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Not exactly La Bombonera but for this night Twickenham’s groove was nothing like a rugby stadium. The 80,025 crowd was riddled with passionate Argent(...)

Ireland’s Aisling Daly in action against Ericka Almeida during the UFC Fight Night at the  3 Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The UFC’s Fight Night in Dublin ended, as expected, with UFC president Dana White telling the Irish fans: “I’ve travelled the world putting on these e(...)

Argentinian fans celebrate their win against Ireland in the Rugby World Cup upon leaving the Trinity Bar in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There was one bar in Dublin on Sunday not stunned into silence by Argentina’s whirlwind start to their match against Ireland. The Trinity Bar in Dame(...)

Argentina stand arm in arm before the game against Namibia. “For them to win,” says journalist Alejo Miranda, “I think they have to have an early lead, like they did for example against South Africa in Durban.” Pphotograph: Jason Cairnduff/Inpho 2:10

The Pumas are the outstanding success story of world rugby in the professional era. They are also the most improved team in the world over the last fo(...)

Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Well, aren’t we the neighbourly lot altogether? All this talk about the tournament losing its spark with England’s exit on Saturday night was hard to (...)

Diego Maradona reacts before the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at Leicester City Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Argentina 45 Tonga 16 Argentina took a huge step to the World Cup quarter-finals with a comprehensive win over Tonga in front of football great Diego (...)