St Mary’s captain Trevor Brennan with his son Daniel after defeating Lansdowne in the club final in 2000. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

This weekend 15 years ago I played in arguably the last great all-Ireland club final. There were four British and Irish Lions, internationals, and out(...)

Lansdowne celebrate their triumph in the rugby Ulster Bank League Division 1A final at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The result distorts the lingering image, the colour of victory against the monochrome of defeat. Players and coaches often speak about learning more (...)

Clontarf’s Matthew D’Arcy makes a break against Cork Constitution. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Ulster Bank League Division 1A final pits the defending champions Clontarf against their predecessors as title holders Lansdowne in what promises(...)

Lansdowne players celebrate scoring a try in the last seconds of extra-time in their Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-final against Young Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-finals: Table toppers Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf were the winners of two closely-fought encounters(...)

 Ballynahinch’s Rodger McBurney scores a try despite Clontarf’s Robert Keogh efforts during their Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at Ballymacarn Park. Clontarf earned a a 33-18 bonus point victory. Photograph: Inpho

Young Munster completed a stunning finish to the Ulster Bank League’s regular season as they squeezed through to the Division 1A playoffs by beating t(...)

Ireland U20 captain Nick  McCarthy says the team is “just focused” on Friday’s Six Nations game against England in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following comprehensive victories over Italy and defending champions France, expectations will be high for the Ireland U20s when they welcome England(...)

Scrumhalf Nick McCarthy was chosen by his teammates to lead the side this year

Tuesday, January 6th, a day of reckoning.It’s a little before 10am in the Lansdowne pavilion, a bright, crisp morning, but one where the mercury barel(...)

Clontarf’s Matt Darcy runs in a try at the Belfield Bowl. The player could play an important role for the Ireland Club international team in the coming weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Clontarf 38 UCD 17 Matt D’Arcy heated up a bitterly cold Belfield Bowl with a terrific hat-trick of tries as Clontarf claimed a 38-17 bonus point win(...)

Kieran Marmion: “Joe doesn’t really take any backward steps. When you are in here you really have to know what is going on. You have to know the detail. They won’t wait for you. That certainly does take some getting used to. You have to adapt quickly or else you get left behind.”

Isaac Boss has not started in a Six Nations match for over seven years. Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray are injury concerns with the Irish management moo(...)

Lansdowne’s Tom Farrell tries to avoid the challenges of Clontarf’s Ariel Robles and Evan Ryan during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at  Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League round-up: Having struggled past Old Belvedere last week, Division 1A leaders Lansdowne were back at full tilt today as they ran in (...)