Ireland’s Sophie Spence. “You can only get better if you are playing at that level against international sides.” Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

There is a plan. What it is will be revealed in due course but neither Ireland coach Tom Tierney nor Sophie Spence envisage Sunday’s Six Nations titl(...)

Ireland captain and fullback Niamh Briggs clears her lines during the Women’s  Six Nations match against Wales  at St Helen’s  in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

RTÉ have confirmed they will broadcast Sunday’s Ireland versus Scotland Women’s Six Nations match live from Broadwood stadium, just outside Glasgow ((...)

Niamh Briggs and  Nora Stapleton: Ireland will be hoping to repeat their 2013 Grand Slam. They face Italy today in their opening match of the Six Nations.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Now more than ever, Ireland could pay heed to the ways of Phil Jackson. The legendary NBA coach rebuilt the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan unexpec(...)

Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ surrounded by the monthly winners of 2014 on stage at the 10th Annual The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 3:15

This year Katie Taylor stood above the rest but The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year ceremony was about all of the women ac(...)

Maria McCambridge crosses the line in second place in the women’s race at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

“I’m gutted – but it’s a happy gutted,” said Maria McCambridge after her outstanding Dublin Marathon performance last month, which earned her the Iri(...)

Andrew Trimble has been honoured as the 2014 Player of the Year at the 28th Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards in the Guinness Storehouse, there(...)

Fiona Coghlan poses with the World Cup ahead of the competition this 2014 summer. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for August: Fiona Coghlan (Rugby)We’ve had a few speedy decisions on monthly awards in our time(...)

Fiona Coghlan at Dublin Airport during the arrival of the Ireland Rugby team that got to The World Cup Semi Finals in the Women’s World Cup in France. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Having captained the Irish Women’s Rugby team to a historic Grand Slam in last year’s Six Nations, and to a famous victory over the All Blacks in t(...)

Tania Rosser scores a fine individual try for Ireland against Kazakhstan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Veteran Ireland scrumhalf Tania Rosser has no intention of retiring. The 36 year old returned from four years in the international wilderness to play (...)

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan with  Paula Fitzpatrick after yesterday’s 25-18 loss to France in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Remember the Pau story from 2012? A reminder might be needed because not too many people were keeping tabs on the Ireland women’s rugby team way back(...)