Providence Resources, the Irish oil and gas exploration and appraisal company, said on Tuesday that it is encouraged by early work on its Drombeg prospect. (Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke)

Providence Resources, the Irish oil and gas exploration and appraisal company, said on Tuesday that it is encouraged by early work on its Drombeg pro(...)

Geraldine and Ger O’Sullivan’s  wedding took place in Killorglin Church on November 8th, 2014. Photograph: Eve Mazurek Photography

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories .We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabulous weddin(...)

Hooker Damien Varley made 121 appearances for Munster and won three caps for Ireland during his career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have confirmed the sad news that hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to fully recover from a foot injury s(...)

Ulster outhalf Ian Humphreys says province are determined to win the block of four matches during the Six Nations. Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster initially suffered the January blues. They lost a Guinness Pro12 match to Leinster and then, despite a defiant and gutsy four-try salvo against(...)

Jonathan Joseph scores a try for England against Italy. The centre crossed over twice in a man-of-the-match performance. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jonathan Joseph’s two-try performance for England against Italy not only earned him the man-of-the-match accolade but prompted a number of headline wr(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip stands for the National Anthem against France. He was substituted after 60 minutes with a back injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/ Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss Ireland’s next Six Nations Championship match against England at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday week after scans revealed that(...)

Leinster’s Richardt Strauss goes off with a suspected head injury against the Dragons. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster look set to be without hooker Richardt Strauss, secondrow Tom Denton and centre Noel Reid for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 match against Zebre at (...)

 Nathan White: back in the Connacht line-up for the visit to Scarlets. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday’s match in west Wales has huge ramifications for this season’s Guinness Pro12. The Scarlets, who trail their visitors by five points, know t(...)

 Jamie Heaslip has been playing with a shoulder problem he picked up against Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Jamie Heaslip represents a slight concern ahead of Ireland’s opening match against Italy in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday as he seeks to sh(...)

Thierry Dusautoir of France and Philippe Saint Andre pose with the Six Nations trophy at the Hurlingham club in London. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The Six Nations launch is a curious affair where the Six Nations coaches and captains congregate to answer largely hypothetical questions in a courte(...)