Andrew Balbirnie in action against the Netherlands in 2013. The Middlesex batsman scored his first international century against New Zealand ‘A’ recently.  Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Although Ireland will not officially name their World Cup squad until early next month, the 15 players named on Thursday for four warm-up One-Day Int(...)

Skipper William Porterfield top-scored with 63 in Ireland’s innings as they were beaten by New Zealand ‘A’ by 111 runs in Dubai. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Martin Guptill’s brilliant century helped New Zealand ‘A’ gain revenge over Ireland with a comprehensive 111-run victory at the ICC Global Cricket Aca(...)

Andrew Balbirnie made his first international century in Ireland’s four-wicket victory over New   Zealand ‘A’ side in Dubai. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Andrew Balbirnie’s maiden hundred for Ireland led his team to a well deserved four-wicket win against a strong New Zealand ‘A’ side at the ICC Global (...)

Flanagan’s Fields in Rialto, a community garden using 21st century methods to grow food. Photographs: Richard Johnston 3:28

Some people become gardeners, while others are born green-fingered. A shining example of the latter is Dublin-born Michael Flanagan (1833-1931), th(...)

Andrew Poynter top-scored with 57 in Ireland’s defeat to Canterbury in Lincoln, Christchurch. Photograph: Barry Chambers

Ireland slumped to an emphatic 117-run loss against Canterbury in the penultimate game of their World Cup acclimatisation tour at Lincoln in New Zeala(...)

Feichin Mulkerrin at the storm-damaged graveyard on Inishark Island. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

When Micheál Ó Suilleabháin witnessed his name carved in stone as builder of Inishark’s slipway and pier, he may never have imagined a series of Atlan(...)

Westmeath’s Robbie Greville: scored two goals for the home side agaisnt Carlow. Photograph: Inpho

Westmeath 3-19 Carlow 0-10 Westmeath advanced to meet Dublin in the semi-final of the Leinster Under 21 hurling championship with a facile win o(...)

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal celebrates with Ajantha Mendis after Ireland captain William Porterfield was caught by Kusal Perera off the spinner’s bowling during the RSA Insurance One-Day International in Clontarf. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain William Porterfield has backed his side to bounce back from a batting horror show in the second encounter against Sri Lanka at Castle (...)

RSA Insurance ODI Series at Castle Avenue,  Ireland’s Alex Cusack celebrates as Lahiru Thirimanne is caught. Photograph:   Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Much of the build-up to the opening game of the RSA Insurance One-Day Series concerned how Sri Lanka would handle a cold and bleak day in Dublin 3 in (...)

Antrim’s Simon McCrory in action against Westmeath’s Aonghus Clarke during their  Leinster Hurling Senior Championship  qualifier group round one match at  Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Photograph: Inpho

Antrim 0-23Westmeath 2-11 (...)