Elise O’Byrne-White will make her debut for Ireland against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Wales Donnybrook, Saturday, 1pm Instead of building on the unexpected Six Nations title Niamh Briggs led Ireland to in 2015 – following on(...)

Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick in action against New Zealand in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is very little to tell. Ireland won a Grand Slam in 2013, reached a World Cup semi-final in 2014 and recaptured the Six Nations title in 2015. (...)

Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell after Ireland’s remarkable defeat of the All Blacks in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

From there to here is some journey. The Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Belfast via Dublin in 2017. Even slipping into the recent past, February 2(...)

Larissa Muldoon, Sophie Spence, Gillian Bourke and Ailis Egan celebrate at the final whistle in Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Oh sorry! Did I get blood on you?” A smiling Jenny Murphy, with red-stained teeth, remains thoughtful despite euphoric celebrations just moments afte(...)

Ireland captain and fullback Niamh Briggs clears her lines during the Women’s  Six Nations match against Wales  at St Helen’s  in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

RTÉ have confirmed they will broadcast Sunday’s Ireland versus Scotland Women’s Six Nations match live from Broadwood stadium, just outside Glasgow ((...)

The Ireland and French teams are in the dark after a floodlight generator problem at the Women’s Six Nations Championship match at Milltown House, Ashbourne RFC, Co Meath. Photograph: Inpho

Ashbourne RFC only became home to the Ireland women’s rugby team by accident. “They came to us because the girls were never treated properly,” club pr(...)

Niamh Briggs and  Nora Stapleton: Ireland will be hoping to repeat their 2013 Grand Slam. They face Italy today in their opening match of the Six Nations.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Now more than ever, Ireland could pay heed to the ways of Phil Jackson. The legendary NBA coach rebuilt the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan unexpec(...)

Tom Tierney, coach of Ireland women, as well as Glenstal Abbey and Cork Constitution, says it has taken a lot of work to fit them all into his schedule. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

You may remember Tom Tierney. Heading off to Australia for the 1999 summer tour that gave us Brian O’Driscoll the Garryowen scrumhalf seemed destined(...)

Jeamie Deacon in action for Blackrock.

She’s had her fair share of memorable moments during her sporting career to date, being flown by private jet to play in a hockey quarter-final for Mic(...)

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(...)