Convivial drinking in a pub is grand, despite what the new puritans might have you believe (see also: red fizz, stage left). Photograph: Getty Images

Ahead of Ireland’s big day, we thought we would take at look at just some of the ways Irish consumers are unique and a couple of things we think be(...)

Three’s a crowd: Paul O’Connell, Rob Kearney and Tommy Bowe in Ireland’s new rugby kit. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

They revealed the new Ireland rugby jersey this week. Out is the man-bra scaffolding of the previous iteration; in is a little bitty collar. It was ha(...)

Ruby Walsh celebrates on Annie Power after winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse yesterday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was a “schamozzle” on the final bend, explained wining trainer Willie Mullins before his promising mare Annie Power kicked for home. What(...)