Munster welcome back Keith Earls for his first start of the season, after two appearances off the bench. Photograph: James Crombie/ Inpho

If nothing else, this will be a significant test of Munster’s professionalism and of the extent of their supporters’ loyalty. Such has been their cons(...)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford last night
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  • December 3, 2014, 08:27

RIP Hughsey In the early hours the funeral of Phillip Hughes took place in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales. More than a thousan(...)

Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan celebrates their 21-20 victory over Ulster last Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Munster and Donnacha O’Callaghan are considering their right to appeal the decision by a Pro12 appointed disciplinary committee to suspend Munster’(...)

President Michael D Higgins today paid tribute to the Christian Brothers for their contribution to Irish education when he attended a ceremony to mark(...)

Donnacha Ryan: The Munster lock’s contract expires at the end of the season.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Donnacha Ryan was present at Perpignan’s Top 14 31-20 win at home to Bordeaux/Begles on Saturday as part of a reconnaissance mission to the Catalan cl(...)

Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica  in Cork last night for the testimonial dinner.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

  Former Munster, Ireland and Lions outhalf Ronan O’Gara last night said he was thrilled to be honoured in his home town when 900 gu(...)

Six of Donal Walsh’s best friends walk beside the coffin as it makes its way from the young man’s home to St John’s Church in Tralee for yesterday’s funeral. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Mourners at the funeral of inspirational teenager Donal Walsh yesterday heard his mother Elma c(...)