Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan with  Paula Fitzpatrick after yesterday’s 25-18 loss to France in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Remember the Pau story from 2012? A reminder might be needed because not too many people were keeping tabs on the Ireland women’s rugby team way back(...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the defeat to England at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.

Back in 1989 my father bought a larger house for his growing family. Not long after moving in the lights went out. Total blackout. In the middle of t(...)

 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(...)

Lock Sophie Spence never gave up the fight in the torrid IRB Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Finding Sophie Spence. it happened over three years ago.“In fairness to Goose (Philip Doyle, Ireland’s coach for another 24 hours), ” explains Ireland(...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat to England. “there is a huge chance to push on and really put women’s rugby in Ireland on a new standing.” Photograph: Inpho

France v Ireland Stade Jean Bouin, Sunday, 3.30pm - Live TG4 and Sky Sports No matter what, here ends the greatest era in Irish women’s rugby. (...)

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(...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat by England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Doyle will be leaving his role after Sunday’s third-place play-off.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:24

It’s not over but last night’s 40-7 defeat to a ruthless England side signals the beginning of the end. Come Sunday evening Philip Doyle breaks off hi(...)

 A tearful Lynne Cantwell applauds the Ireland fans after defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Lynne Cantwell has been ruled out of Sunday’s third and fourth place –play-off having sustained concussion tackling England’s Emily Scarratt in the 40(...)