Ireland forwards coach Peter Bracken talks to his players during an Irish squad session at the  FFR HQ, Marcoussis, Paris. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Enda McNulty, Irish rugby’s motivational guru, will not be pleased by this World Cup portrait starting with a splash of negative hue. It’s those dark (...)

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrell: “If doubts and fears start creeping in going for a ball you’ll be found out.”

Jackie Tyrrell is 31. Neither old nor young, in hurling or life. On the cusp of championship season number 12, he was brought into the Nowlan Park (...)

Isa Nacewa celebrates with his Leinster team-mates following victory over Ulster in the RaboDirect PRO12 Grand Final at the RDS in May. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Leinster favourite Isa Nacewa is settling into life back in New Zealand. Still only 31, his playing boots remain firmly on the shelf and he’s b(...)

The half-time speech is a an integral weapon in every manager’s armoury.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Armagh played Kerry in the 2002 All-Ireland football final. By half-time, they were going down the swanee. They’d lost John McEntee to concussion. Ois(...)

Part of Ireland’s back-up team on their North American tour, Enda McNulty takes in the Toronto sights. Photograph; Billy Stickland/inpho.

Enda McNulty could talk sense until the cows come home. Corner back on Armagh’s 2002 All-Ireland winning side, he is ensconced in the Irish camp these(...)