They are grand times indeed when Ireland can beat France by seven points, extend a winning streak to nine games and still not everybody is entirely(...)

Ireland’s players singing ‘Ireland’s Call’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland’s Call. It’s just a song, right? Four-line verse, four-line chorus, key change, four-line chorus again. Shoulder to shoulder, all that malarke(...)

Among other items found were two printouts from the Active Hunting Ireland website. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí who searched the apartment of Elaine O’Hara after she disappeared found “printouts” with photographs and information on hunting knives, the mur(...)

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong, who scored one of Leinster’s seven tries against Castres at the RDS. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The tighthead conundrum. The previous Irish management hoped aloud in November 2010 that John Hayes would pack down at the 2011 World Cup in New Zeal(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

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If a celebrity needs water pipes mended or slates replaced, he’ll call in a plumber or a roofer. If he needs his story told, he’ll call in a hack for (...)

Victor Matfield: one of the best lineout operators the world has ever seen. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two weeks ago I spoke of all things Bakkies Botha. Tomorrow he’s back, but before his arrival, we can feast on the brilliance contained within both nu(...)

Leinster prop forward Jack McGrath is tackled by Cedric Garcia during yesterday’s match in the south of France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Caster 16 Leinster 21 It’s easy in the cheap seats, and they were also a lot cooler than a battleground bathed in 20-degree sunshine, but as (...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tries to keep possession against Castres Olympique at the Stade Pierre Antoine yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, and it’s left Leinster sitting pretty. The only away team to win in the Stade Pierre Antoine last season, Lein(...)

Kerry’s Paul Geaney gets his shot away despite the efforts of Cork’s   Eoin Cadogan during the   Munster SFC Final. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 0-12 Kerry 0-24 Kerry easily retained their Munster senior football title with a comfortable win over Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. All St(...)