Anhtony Foley believes last year’s pro 12 final defeat will make Munster stronger this time out. Photograph: Inpho

The disappointment of losing last season’s Guinness Pro12 final will be a galvanising force for Munster ahead of the new campaign that begins in a for(...)

Munster’s Shane Monahan is tackled by  Bundee Aki of Connacht during their pre-season friendly at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: I npho

Connacht 28 Munster 12 Kieran Marmion caught the eye with a dominant 40 minutes as two first-half tries must have him back in Joe Schmidt’s Wor(...)

Donnacha Ryan in action during the Ireland squad’s training session at Carton House, Kildare yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Iinpho 2:37

Donnacha Ryan, the nutcracker, what do we really know of him? A man from Nenagh hurling stock. A man who broke the concrete exterior of the Munster(...)

Simon Zebo took his try total for season to eight in first half of Saturday’s Pro12 rugby match against Treviso. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 30 Treviso 19 This will not be the first time Munster head into a key game at the business end of the season on the back of a stutteri(...)

Donnacha Ryan making his first Munster start since March 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As significant as this match is in Munster’s quest for a home semi-final, and indeed Treviso’s battle with Zebre for a place in next season’s Champio(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls celebrates scoring his side’s sixth try in the win against Connacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 42 Connacht 20Munster ended up with six tries and a bonus-point victory, skewed slightly by scoring three in the final eight minutes, although(...)

Donnacha Ryan makes his return to the Munster squad after a year of rehabilitation with a foot injury.

  Ospreys v Munster Saturday, Liberty Stadium, 2.40 Sky Sports 1 Professional sport rarely accommodates sentiment during a match (...)

Forage for supper: Bring your mother to a wildfood masterclass at Brook Lodge in Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Don’t panic, it’s not this weekend: you still have a week to sort your Mother’s Day present. However, if you were born to that impossible-to-spoil (...)

Munster’s Keith Earls scores their third try of the Guinness Pro 12 game against Glasgow at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 22 Glasgow 10Munster moved above Glasgow to the top of the Guinness Pro 12 after defeating the under-strength Scots in at Musgrave Park in a b(...)

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Scarlets’ Regan King during Munster’s 25-25 draw. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

Scarlets 25 Munster 25 A last-gasp try from replacement JJ Hanrahan helped Munster salvage a dramatic 25-25 draw in a see-sawing Guinness PRO12 clash (...)