Ireland’s captain Niamh Briggs: “Every single occasion that I get to stand there and listen to the national anthem is one that I cherish.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Niamh Briggs, the Waterford native who is a Garda in Limerick, is the captain of the Irish rugby team, a key member of the 2013 Grand Slam win(...)

Niamh Briggs: will captain Ireland against England at the Stoop. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  This first November international could become a historic one should Niamh Briggs’s Ireland figure a way to win a Test match on English (...)

Railway Union hooker Cliodhna Moloney is one of six debuts handed out by Ireland women’s coach Tom Tierney for Saturday’s inaugural  November international against England at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney has included six uncapped players in the Ireland women’s side for Saturday’s historic first November international agai(...)

Cork’s Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley: have won ten All-Ireland football medals and six All-Ireland camogie medals each. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For anyone who has browsed through the history of Irish women in sport through the years, a name that always stood out was that of Kathleen Mills, he(...)

Donnybrook Stadium will host the home fixtures of the Irish Women’s team and the Irish Under-20s. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that Donnybrook Stadium will host the home fixtures of the Irish Women’s team for the 2016 RBS Six Nation(...)

Jenny Egan endured more frustration when she was just two seconds off a medal at the World Sprint Championships in Milan, only 11 seconds separating the top six. Photograph:  Inpho

After missing out on qualifying for London 2012 by a single place Jenny Egan might have been forgiven for concluding sport was far too cruel and life(...)

Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

Boxer Katie Taylor when arriving back at Dublin Airport after she won gold at the 2015 European Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, last month. Photograph: PA.

There was decidedly bad news for Katie Taylor’s rivals in her division when, after winning her 18th consecutive title at the European Games in Baku, (...)

Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell after Ireland’s remarkable defeat of the All Blacks in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

From there to here is some journey. The Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Belfast via Dublin in 2017. Even slipping into the recent past, February 2(...)

Irish Rugby ambassador Fiona Coghlan, Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney,  IRFU chief executive Philip Browne and team captain Niamh Briggs at the announcement that Ireland will host the 2017 tournament. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is coming to Ireland in August 2017. The University College Dublin campus, and possibly Donnybrook’s 4G pitch, will(...)