Fiona Coghlan poses with the World Cup ahead of the competition this 2014 summer. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for August: Fiona Coghlan (Rugby)We’ve had a few speedy decisions on monthly awards in our time(...)

Irish women’s rugby stars Niamh Briggs and Maria Louise Riley with Gráinne McElwain of TG4 (centre). Photograph: Bryan Brophy/1Image Photography

A tenacious journalist returning to take on a corrupt judiciary, a lifeboat crew in possession of a boatload of illegal drugs and Ireland’s women r(...)

 Elodie Guiglion of France dives to score against Ireland  in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 3rd/4th Place Playoff at Stade Jean-Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

France 25 Ireland 18So, Fiona Coghlan’s Ireland finish fourth at the World Cup and, like other Irish heroines before them, fall agonisingly short of t(...)

Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

A despondent Ireland  squad  after the defeat to England in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

It’s common enough for coaches, of multiple sporting persuasions, to advise their players during major tournaments to avoid the Twitter machine becau(...)

2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France 13/8/2014Ireland vs EnglandNiamh Briggs applauds the Ireland fans after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Where to start? Wednesday’s defeat to England made for grim viewing, in stark contrast to the marvellous shock of Canada overcoming France thanks to a(...)

Kay Wilson of England touches down  during the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against   Ireland   at Stade Jean Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:   Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images 2:24

Ireland 7 England 40 There can be no complaints. Ireland, the most professional amateur group Joe Schmidt said he has ever encountered, were utterly s(...)

2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Pool B, FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris, France 5/8/2014Ireland vs New ZealandIreland's Niamh Briggs celebrates after the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs is among four nominees for the IRB women’s rugbyworld player of the year.The full-back, who will be in action in the World Cup(...)

Ireland need all the variables to fall inther favour at Stade Jean Bouin this evening. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

If you don’t believe in the prowess of Fiona Coghlan’s band of sisters by now, you never will. Ireland can win this evening, they really can, but t(...)

Nora Stapleton returns at outhalf for Ireland’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Philip Doyle has named the same starting XV that beat New Zealand for Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris (...)