Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

The Leo Burdock fish and chip shop in Christchurch, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Fish and chip shop chain Leo Burdock has raised €50,000 in funding through the Irish peer-to-peer lending service LinkedFinance, the most successful l(...)

Peter O’Mahony in action during a squad training session at University of Limerick yesterday. “Pressure’s a good thing, especially putting it on yourself. It’s important.” Photograph: Inpho

Next to being the Munster head coach, in a season-defining, make-or-break week such as this, the pressure is perhaps most acute on the Munster captai(...)

keith Earls has recovered from an injury sustained on Ireland duty and is in the Munster squad for the Pro 12 trip to Parma to play Zebre. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Keith Earls has been named in the Munster squad for tomorrow’s trip to Italy to play Zebre, with James Cronin also coming back into the fold.Earls inj(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw gets past JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell of Munster during the Guinness Pro 12 clash at the Sportsground.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Munster 16“Typical Sportsground weather,” ventured one of the car park attendants, and if ever there was a clichéd picture of an interpro (...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to captain Munster for their New Year’s Day clash against Connacht in Galway (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made five changes to his starting line up for the New Year’s Day trip to Galway to face Connacht, with the province’s (...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell brushes off Leinster’s Jordi Murphy and Ian Madigan during the provinces’ Guinness PRO12 clash on St Stephen’s Day in Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The year ended fittingly. Munster against Leinster was a clash normally pitched into the week before the European pool stages began or before the quar(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland suffered a shoulder injury in the 28-13 win over Leinster at the weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish international Robin Copeland has been ruled out of Munster’s trip to Galway on Thursday and is doubtful for their crucial Champions Cup showdown(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway scores against his former province Leinster at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At the midway point in the Guinness Pro12, the first half of the festive derbies finds reigning champions Leinster outside the top four play-off posit(...)

Dave O’Callaghan scores a try for Munster against Leinster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster completed their first League double over Leinster since 2009 with a victory over the reigning champions that was every bit as handsome as the (...)