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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(...)

Brian and Norma Rohan with their children, Emily (11 months) and Julie (2),  on the family farm in Shanahoe, Co Laois. Brian’s father, Liam, died in a farm accident. Photograph: Pat Moore.

All that fresh air and physical activity means that farming is seen as a very healthy occupation. But, as the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy in(...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan consoles Steven O’Brien of Tipperary after the final whistle of the Munster SFC semi-final at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11Dual star Aidan Walsh kicked three late points as the Rebels avoided defeat to Tipperary and claim a place in the Munster SFC(...)

Toulouse’s head coach Guy Noves, who is now in his 21st successive season in charge of the club. During this time they have won four Heineken Cups, more than any other side. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

It’s rare when Munster pay host to a club who actually have a better pedigree than themselves in European rugby, but when it comes to the Heineken (...)

Referee Marty Duffy shows Kildare’s David Hyland  a black card during Saturday’s league match with Dublin. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Culture generally refers to acts or manifestations of intellectual creativity or at times the attitudes, customs or behaviour of a specific soc(...)

Michael Darragh McAuley of Dublin battles for possession with Eoin Cadogan of Cork. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 0-18 Cork 1-17 Cork condemned Dublin to their first defeat in 12 months with a 1-17 to 0-18 victory in Croke Park tonight, coming out be(...)