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(...)

Captain Leo Cullen lifts the the RaboDirect PRO12 trophy after Leinster’s victory over Ulster in the RDS last May. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You would expect nothing less, but Celtic Rugby chief executive John Feehan yesterday put a positive spin on RaboDirect bank’s announcement that they (...)

Taking its time: a linnet digs into thistles’ silky fluff. Illustration: Michael Viney

A sheep-shorn hillside is no land for dockens, yet here is this splendid specimen at the turn of the boreen, a metre-high spire of coppery seeds, just(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa celebrates with RaboDirect Pro12 jersey. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho.

At the end of this season RaboDirect bank will end their sponsorship of the Pro 12 league three years into a four year agreement after stating their “(...)

Quirky: a limestone mushroom sculpted by the lapping waves of a vanished lake. Illustration: Michael Viney

For a long time, for me, the midland counties were just a wearily protracted obstacle between Dublin and the west: in the days before motorways(...)

Sky Sports will broadcast Pro12 games from the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

Sky Sports will screen live RaboDirect Pro 12 games for the first time from 2014, it has been announced. Celtic Rugby today confirmed a f(...)

Donkey business: a vital feature of turf-cutting. Illustration: Michael Viney

Below snowy mountain, on a morning of tentative, feathery flakes from the east, the high, sepia sweep of the bog looks like the last place anyo(...)