Connacht’s Tom McCartney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is a small world alright, and smaller still in New Zealand. As if to prove the point, when the Connacht hooker Tom McCartney first sampled senio(...)

The Rev Bridget Spain, Prof Mary Daly Royal Irish Academy and broadcaster Joe Duffy at the Unitarian Church St Stephens Green where a reading of all those who died around Easter 1916 took place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A reading of the names of all the dead of Easter Week 1916 took place at Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Friday, including 40 children under 17. Broadc(...)

Japan’s national team head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he will depart the role after the World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he will step down after the rugby World Cup and not take on a permanent role with the country’s new Super Rugby(...)

Captain David Kirk kisses the Webb Ellis Cup after the All Blacks’ 29-9 World Cup final win over France in 1987. Photograph: Getty

The Rugby World Cup is a devilishly difficult tournament to win. To do so requires countless permutations to work in your favour and as well as talent(...)

John Kirwan scored a stunning solo try in the first ever match at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In any sport it tends to be the biggest tournaments which provide the most highlight-reel moments. Better goals or tries may be scored domestically ev(...)

New Zealand beat Italy 70-6 in the first ever World Cup match at Eden Park on May 22nd 1987. Photograph: Getty

Back where it all began. A journey which started in the headquarters of French Railways, Paris, in March 1985 - when the members of the IRFB we(...)

Isa Nacewa is returning to Leinster for the 2015-16 season. Photo:  Colm O’Neill/Inpho

It has been confirmed that Isa Nacewa will rejoin Leinster for the start of pre-season training with a view of playing with the team in the 2015-16 ca(...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel.

So what’s this about Romulus and Remus forming the secondrow partnership for Italy? In historically referring to the twin founders of Rome, it (...)

From ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by the Italian-born British official first World War artist Fortunino Matania, reproduced in ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest has been found during a house clearance in Co Laois. Canon Seán O’Doherty, now the PP in (...)