Ireland’s Alison Miller and Jenny Murphy celebrate the Women’s Six Nations Championship victory over England at   Ashbourne RFC. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland Women 11 England Women 8Twenty two years playing England’s women, the first ever victory came in 2013. The second came last night. Undoubtedl(...)

Hannah Tyrrell is the sole change for Irish women’s team against England on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish Women’s head coach Tom Tierney has made a single change to the team that lost 10-5 to France a fortnight ago ahead of the visit of England to As(...)

The Ireland and French teams are in the dark after a floodlight generator problem at the Women’s Six Nations Championship match at Milltown House, Ashbourne RFC, Co Meath. Photograph: Inpho

Ashbourne RFC only became home to the Ireland women’s rugby team by accident. “They came to us because the girls were never treated properly,” club pr(...)

 Ireland’s Jenny Murphy and Alison Miller are dejected after defeat to France. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 5 France 10 “You can’t charge people €10 to stand in the rain for an hour with their children,” said one of the 2,100 crowd. “This is Te(...)

Irish and France women in darkness as the lights go out at Ashbourne RFC in Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Has the penny dropped yet? The arrival of women’s rugby is for keeps. Despite this agonising 10-5 loss to Six Nations champions France, Ireland(...)

 Ireland’s Katie Fitzhenry on the attack against Italy. The Blackrock back will start at inside centre against France. Photograph: Ivan Marianelli / Inpho

Ireland v France (Ashbourne RFC, Meath, Friday, 7.30pm)The Ireland women’s team to face France shows one change with Blackrock’s Katie Fitzhenry repla(...)

 Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick on the attackin Florence.  Photograph: Ivan Marianelli / Inpho

Italy 5 Ireland 30Brand new coaching ticket and utter change to their core leadership but business as usual for Ireland. They backed up last August’s (...)

Ireland women’s head coach Tom Tierney and Ireland women’s captain Niamh Briggs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland has named six uncapped players for their opening Six Nations Championship match against Italy in Stadio Mario Lodigiani. Leinster’s Hannah Tyr(...)

Monthly award winner Anna Geary takes a picture with Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year boxer Katie Taylor at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 3:15

It’s the only event of the year where names like Katie Taylor, Stephanie Meadow and Briege Corkery stand equal to those of McIlroy, Keane or Sheffl(...)

Soccer player Stephanie Roche of Peamount United, who is shortlisted for Fifa’s Puskas Goal of the Year Award,  was joint winner of the Sportswoman of the Month Award for November. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the end of 2014 when it seems like a wet week since it started. But it’s trickier still to accept(...)