The placing of Westport House for sale on the open market by its administrators follows a protracted five-year battle by the Browne family to retain t(...)

RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

The poor state of  Tralee Courthouse, which dates to 1835, has been the subject of council motions as well as a Dáil question in recent years. File photograph: Google Street View

A judge has hit out at the “noise and filth” of Tralee Courthouse on District Court days and has said he finds it the most awkward court in Kerry and (...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

New Zealand’s Ma’a Nonu during his debut for Toulon against Agen. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Ma’a Nonu’s debut for Toulon commandeered the headlines in a 53-23 home victory over Agen in the French Top 14 Championship. The double World Cup win(...)

“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(...)

A man who made “a holy show of himself” while drunk in the middle of a Co Kerry village has been fined €100. Kenmare District Court was told Padraig (...)

Drivers are like “fish in a barrel” for speed cameras on a road in Co Kerry,  Killarney District Court was told.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A Kerry driver was caught speeding four times in a month on the same stretch of road between Killarney and Dingle, where drivers are like “fish in a b(...)

Rear view: Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe with RSA chief Moyagh Murdock at Dublin Port in June to lobby cyclists and HGV driverrs over “Blind Spot” on trucks. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has criticised some district court judges for imposing “unduly lenient” penalties on bus and truck companies and drive(...)

Matt Giteau returned to the Wallaby fold when Michael Cheika took command. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Afp Photo/Getty Images

Until Michael Cheika forced through The Giteau Rule one of rugby’s last little big men saw this World Cup as nothing more than a tidy earner. “I thoug(...)