Tommy Bowe, or should that be Tommy Booooooowe, scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Thoughts on the Six Nations season and television. RTÉ should use the archives more: There is an entire generation of people who never saw Ollie Ca(...)

CROSS Cancer Research Rugby Legends cycle: “This is no place to be for your second cycle in a year – belly empty, bar the gallon-and-a-half Kenmare offered the night before”

Last Sunday week I found myself aboard my racing bike. I should have left it in a hedge at Mizen Head last year for all the action it got since. The p(...)

Donal Lenihan is beaten in the lineout during Ireland’s 22-9 defeat to France in the Parc des Princes in 1982. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are more than enough examples of Paris being the graveyard of Ireland’s ambitions over the decades, but perhaps the most pertinent one is(...)

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley in action against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup. “I feel I have to use this year as the year to break through.”

It’s been a circuitous route to being a first-choice provincial outhalf for the Heineken Cup, but Ian Keatley has a fair body of work to his name by n(...)

Lions captain Willie John McBride (right) looks on as then leader of the opposition Edward Heath strokes lion cub “Fiji”, given to the Lions on their arrival at Heathrow after the famous (and infamous) tour to South Africa in 1974.

Willie John McBride stood in his underpants and surveyed the scene. The wreckage of his hotel lobby lay all around, with pieces of tables, bits of ch(...)