Reports in Australia media say that talks between between Michael Cheika and the Australia Rugby Union about taking over the national coaching job have hit a stumbling block. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australian media are reporting that negotiations between former Leinster coach Michael Cheika and the Australia Rugby Union about taking over the nati(...)

 Keith Higgins of Mayo tracks Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at Croke Park last weekend.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There’s a great story told in Michael Foley’s book “Kings of September” about the moment in the week before the 1982 All-Ireland football final that (...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is surely contemplating how he will know when his tenure should end. Photograph: Andrew Paton / Inpho / Presseye

Mickey Harte has been in charge of the Tyrone senior football team for the last 12 years. In that time, he has won their first 3 All-Ireland titles, t(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan with Paddy Brophy after the win over Louth at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin’s shock and awe routine brings with it plenty of collateral damage, chiefly and most obviously the shortening of careers that might otherwise (...)

Christine Buckley recounted her memories of Goldenbridge orphanage in a drama-documentary, Dear Daughter, broadcast by RTÉ television in 1996. Dear Daughter attracted a huge audience. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Christine Buckley, who died this morning, was one of the first former residents to go public on her experience of the Goldenbridge orphanage wh(...)

While drinks companies and sporting bodies never made any secret of their disdain for any sponsorship ban, the FoI records point to a concerted push by a well-resourced and well-informed industry to bring its concerns directly into the heart of Government. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The drinks industry engaged in a sustained effort to dissuade the Coalition from banning the sponsorship of major sporting events by drink companies, (...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)

 The excise increase of 41 per cent imposed on wine in last year’s budget was significantly higher than the increases imposed on other alcoholic beverages.

The Irish Wine Association has appealed to the Government to reverse excise duty increases to protect Ireland’s competitiveness as a tourist destinati(...)

Brian O’Driscoll during a recovery session at City Beach, Perth. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Yesterday was a bank holiday in Australia as well, which served to make Perth, for all its economic boom, even more sedate than normal. And with tomor(...)

Paul O’Connell leads the Lions out against the Barbarians.

Remarkably, not only did the Lions emerge seemingly unscathed from Saturday’s 80-minute stint in the sauna that was the Hong Kong Stadium, but their l(...)