Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

Prop John Ryan has signed a new three-year deal at Munster and will start away to Treviso on Sunday. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Prop John Ryan and lock Donnacha Ryan come into the Munster pack as head coach Anthony Foley makes two changes from the side that beat Stade Francais (...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway are upended during the sides’ Pro12 clash in Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At half-time Munster had 96 carries to Leinster’s 44, but the score was 7-10 in Leinster’s favour. The wind had a hand in this, as did Munster’s miss (...)

Munster’s Mike Sherry and Francis Saili grapple with  Ben Youngs of Leicester during the European  Champions Cup round four tie at Welford Road, Leicester. Photograph: Inpho

Four defeats in a row would test the nerve of any team, and Munster are no different. As they licked their wounds and boarded an early morning flight (...)

Leicester Tigers’ Fraser Balmain and Munster’s Dave Foley and Mark Chisholm during the European Champions Cup, Pool Four match at Welford Road, Leicester.

Leicester 17 Munster 6 Another one that got away. As in the first meeting a week ago, Munster will reflect on how much of the game they had, and how, (...)

Richard Cockerill, Leicester director of rugby: chuffed with the grit, cohesion and workrate of his team in Thomond Park victory last weekend. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Examining the runes of previous contests and taking solace from the fact that the away side – the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the Millennium stadium d(...)

The SMS system for Wicklow will provide details of weather-related or other  events which may cause disruption, such as emergency roadworks, problems with local water supplies and notices regarding the quality of bathing water. File photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Wicklow County Council has introduced a new text alert system to forewarn people of floods and extreme weather events expected in their area. The SMS(...)

The studio of Edward McGuire, which his wife, Sally Maguire, donated to Imma. Photograph: Nick Miller

Nick Miller and the Studio of Edward McGuire Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin ***** In 2009, Sally McGuire donated the studio of her late h(...)

Well known: the Clarendon Inn

Brothers James and Edward Dunne, owners of the Carrig Brewing Company in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim, have outbid 14 others to buy the well- known Clarendo(...)