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(...)