The Ireland team faced up to the New Zealand haka and beat their vaunted opponents in last summer’s Rugby World Cup pool match in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s a line in Anthony Daly’s book that fairly jumps off the page. And maybe it shouldn’t but it does so there we are. Daly had his Dublin team wed(...)

Betty Friedan: ‘It is, perhaps, beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not, ’ she wrote in The Feminine Mystique. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

From sultry pop stars advertising luxury yogurt with “chocolatey balls” (Nicole Scherzinger, j’accuse), to women in Tallaght having to drag buggies, b(...)

Fiona Coghlan poses with the World Cup ahead of the competition this 2014 summer. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for August: Fiona Coghlan (Rugby)We’ve had a few speedy decisions on monthly awards in our time(...)

Tania Rosser scores a fine individual try for Ireland against Kazakhstan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Veteran Ireland scrumhalf Tania Rosser has no intention of retiring. The 36 year old returned from four years in the international wilderness to play (...)

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan with  Paula Fitzpatrick after yesterday’s 25-18 loss to France in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Remember the Pau story from 2012? A reminder might be needed because not too many people were keeping tabs on the Ireland women’s rugby team way back(...)

Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat to England. “there is a huge chance to push on and really put women’s rugby in Ireland on a new standing.” Photograph: Inpho

France v Ireland Stade Jean Bouin, Sunday, 3.30pm - Live TG4 and Sky Sports No matter what, here ends the greatest era in Irish women’s rugby. (...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat by England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Doyle will be leaving his role after Sunday’s third-place play-off.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:24

It’s not over but last night’s 40-7 defeat to a ruthless England side signals the beginning of the end. Come Sunday evening Philip Doyle breaks off hi(...)

 A tearful Lynne Cantwell applauds the Ireland fans after defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Lynne Cantwell has been ruled out of Sunday’s third and fourth place –play-off having sustained concussion tackling England’s Emily Scarratt in the 40(...)

Ireland need all the variables to fall inther favour at Stade Jean Bouin this evening. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

If you don’t believe in the prowess of Fiona Coghlan’s band of sisters by now, you never will. Ireland can win this evening, they really can, but t(...)