Ireland’s Sene Naoupu runs in a try against Wales during the Women’s Six Nations clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 21 Wales 3 A familiar-looking pack ultimately delivered a clear-cut victory in the rain but it was Sene Naoupu who provided the spark for I(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu scores a try despite Adi Taviner of Wales Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland 21 Wales 3 All told, a serious statement of intent from the defending champions. And a diamond discovered in the process. It was 2011 when (...)

Elise O’Byrne-White will make her debut for Ireland against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Wales Donnybrook, Saturday, 1pm Instead of building on the unexpected Six Nations title Niamh Briggs led Ireland to in 2015 – following on(...)

Old Belvedere winger Elise O’Byrne-White earns her first international start against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seeking a positive spin on the defending Six Nations back line being stripped bare as the Sevens game takes priority? Opportunity for others, of cour(...)

Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick in action against New Zealand in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is very little to tell. Ireland won a Grand Slam in 2013, reached a World Cup semi-final in 2014 and recaptured the Six Nations title in 2015. (...)

Niamh Briggs will captain Ireland as they look to retain the Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Tierney has announced his squad for the Six Nations as Ireland’s women look to retain the championship they won in 2015. Ireland’s title defence (...)

Rena Buckley with Briege Corkery, overall joint winners of the Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswomen of the Year 2015 photographed at the awards ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley have been named as joint winners of the Irish Times/ Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year award for 2015. The dual(...)

Each week on The Women’s Podcast we ask a question and this week, we’re hanging up our stockings and making lists. The question this week is ’what do(...)

Katie Taylor (red)  has won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

What on earth are we all going to do when Katie Taylor hangs up her gloves? Last year Taylor was crowned The Irish Times/ Sports Council’s Sportswom(...)

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 winning si(...)