The Irish team celebrate winning the RBS Six Nations in 2014. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

RTÉ, and by extension an Irish sporting audience, could be collateral beneficiaries from an alliance between the BBC and ITV to buy the live broadc(...)

CEO for the IRFU speaks on camera at the Irish Sports Council Funding for FAI, IRFU and GAA for 2015 in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The IRFU will deliver an unequivocal message to Minister for Communications Alex White when both parties meet in the coming weeks: to list Six Nation(...)

For many golf fans the British Open will disappear in 2017 when one of the BBC’s crown jewels moves to Sky. Is the Six Nations next to fall? In these (...)

Soldier Field American football stadium in Chicago, a possible location for the proposed warm-up game. Photograph: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The British and Irish Lions are considering a warm-up match in the United States en route to touring New Zealand in 2017. John Feehan, the Lions’ chi(...)

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon and Pro12 chief executive John Feehan. Feehan said “I am certain that we will sell it out even if there is no Irish team in the final, although, frankly I’d be quite surprised if there wasn’t”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Arrange it and they will come is the Pro12 mantra for this season as the final has been confirmed for Belfast on Saturday May 30th. Organisers say th(...)

Ulster will be desperarte to reach the Pro12 final as Kingspan, Belfast has been selected as the choosen host. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster will host the first Guinness Pro12 ‘destination final’ as organisers opt to do away with the previous format of awarding the highest placed fin(...)

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 “(...)