Rory McIlroy walks alongside his caddie Niall Horan of the band One Direction during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the  Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • April 9, 2015, 08:00

Golf: It’s Masters time It’s the second weekend in April and for golf fans and sports fans in general that means the Masters. And this year(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)

Peter Stringer has 98 Ireland caps and has not given up hope of adding to that number. First up, though, is to find a new club, with Leinster among the sides rumoured to be interested in his services. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The trick to getting older is not to get old before time. It’s an aphorism to which Peter Stringer would subscribe. Rugby’s Dorian Gray celebrated his(...)

This try against the Dragons was one of five in Craig Gilroy’s last four games for Ulster. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Craig Gilroy is normally a chilled spectator but during the course of last Saturday’s Six Nations three-game box set, his demeanour was a great deal m(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Former minister of state for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley

Enterprise Ireland has confirmed that it expressed concern almost two years ago about the sale of State-owned seaweed company Arramara Teoranta by Úd(...)

Luke Fitzgerald will start on  the wing for Leinster against Scarlets. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

  Scarlets v Leinster Parc y Scarlets, 5.15, Sky Sports 1 Leinster present a more formidable selection from the one that eked out a(...)

Samoan international Mike Stanley makes his first start for Ulster at inside centre. Photograph: Inpho.

  Newport-Gwent Dragons v Ulster Rodney Parade, Sunday, 4.0, BBC 2 Momentum is such a key component during the Six Nations window a(...)

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(...)