Desperate Housewives actress and angel investor Eva Longoria, who has been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s Web Summit. Photo: Bloomberg

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, supermodel Lily Cole and Oscar winning visual effects specialist Tim Webber have been confirmed as speak(...)

Leinster’s Zane Kirchner is out for two or three weeks with a hamstring injury.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster will decide later in the week whether Seán O’Brien will face Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday.The backrow took a knock to his ankle ahe(...)

Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action for Racing Metro 92. It is also believed Toulon and Racing Metro 92 were offering in the region of €900,000 to keep Sexton in France. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton’s commercial agreement with Denis O’Brien, which played a significant role in bringing the Ireland outhalf back to Leinster next seas(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney enjoyed a stunning seasonal debut with two tries in the hammering of the Scarlets in Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 clash at the RDS. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 42 Scarlets 12Leinster rediscovered some of their old mojo in the first home game of the season at the RDS as they ran in six tries against a(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip celebrates with the Pro 12 trophy after victory against Glasgow in the  Pro 12 final. Heaslip returns today for his first game of the new season. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Jamie Heaslip makes his return for Leinster this weekend, when he will captain the side for the first home game of the season in his first Pro12 mat(...)

Seán O’Brien (left) and  Ian Madigan (cap) sat out Leinster training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Seán O’Brien and Ian Madigan sat out Leinster training last night but both are expected to be fit to face Scarlets at the RDS on Saturday (2.40pm).Le(...)

Rob Kearney of Leinster and Andrew Trimble of Ulster contest a high ball during last season’s Pro12 semi-final at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Maybe, just maybe, the Celtic League/Magners League/Rabo Pro12/ Guinness Pro12 has come of age. As its various incarnations ably testify, the league h(...)

Rob Kearney: “We’re in the process of putting together a sort of mentoring programme. You have to be very careful how you do it because it’s very important that we’re not creating a hierarchy in the organisation”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rob Kearney is accumulating a portfolio of responsibilities that includes a new role as chairman of Irupa and another as one of two trusted lieutenant(...)

Jonathan Sexton reacts during Racing Metro’s French Top 14 match against Union Bordeaux-Begles (UBB)at Chaban Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux at the weekend. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Additional financial support, most probably from Leinster and sponsors, helped bridge some if not all of the sizeable gap between the lucrative fou(...)

Jamie Heaslip (right) celebrating Leinster’s win over Glasgow Warriors in the final of RaboDirect PRO12 at the RDS in May. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Confirmation that Jamie Heaslip will be the ‘new’ Leinster captain for the forthcoming season in succession to the long-standing Leo Cullen, who has m(...)