The University of Limerick has awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science to former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell. He is pictured with his wife Emily, children, Lola (1) and Paddy (5) as he prepared for the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

He may give the orders on the rugby pitch but Paul O’Connell insists team-mates will not have to call him ‘Dr Paul’ following his conferring with an h(...)

Derval O’Rourke retired from competitive athletics last June. Photograph: Inpho.

Four months after formally hanging up her track spikes Derval O’Rourke has now found herself a new role in the rugby arena, taking up the position (...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney: “I never questioned the Munster guys’ commitment. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The 2009 Grand Slam was captured in Cardiff but everyone knows Rob Kearney won it all by himself in Enfield the previous December when, aged just 22,(...)

 Munster’s Conor Murray is tackled by Florian Fritz of Toulouse during the Heineken Cupquarter-final at Thomond Park. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray could find himself playing at outhalf for Munster should anything happen to Ian Ke(...)

Rory Best, Cian Healy and Jordi Murphy celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

That’s one man going under the knife twice in six months yet he was still being back on the field for European ac(...)

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley in action against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup. “I feel I have to use this year as the year to break through.”

It’s been a circuitous route to being a first-choice provincial outhalf for the Heineken Cup, but Ian Keatley has a fair body of work to his name by n(...)

Former Munster and Ireland hooker Frankie Sheahan. Photographs: Eric Luke; Dan Sheridan, Inpho

Anyone who has ever played sports competitively knows that feeling when your heart starts beating faster than usual. It’s usually a sign that you’ve g(...)

Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica  in Cork last night for the testimonial dinner.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

  Former Munster, Ireland and Lions outhalf Ronan O’Gara last night said he was thrilled to be honoured in his home town when 900 gu(...)

Leinster scrum coach Greg Feek was part of the process that lead to putting  the emphasis on indigenous scrum coaches working  at underage level. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

The IRFU have dropped their plan to appoint a high performance scrum coach. The position, initially advertised worldwide following the defeat to Engla(...)

Lions supporters cheer during the first Test. The atmosphere throughout the game was like a carnival . Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

On a Lions Tour, it’s not just about the players on the field. It’s about the big crowd of eejits that follow the team around, people from all four co(...)