Graham Goodwin, aka Sian, who left Ireland for Barcelona in 2006

In February, God Is an Astronaut will step on stage in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 fans in Kiev. There will be a similarly reverenti(...)

Ireland U-20’s Terry Kennedy runs in for a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s Tim Foley at Donnybrook Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland U-20 66 Leinster Development XV 12 Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and kicking and skills’ coach Richie Murphy were among those in a crowd of about(...)

Jared Payne taking part in Ireland’s squad training session at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales. Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jared Payne and Rob Kearney will almost certainly start for Ireland in their World Cup pool decider against France in Cardiff on Sunday. The squad ar(...)

Leinster has confirmed that former fulllback Girvan Dempsey will take on the job as backs coach on a full-time basis. Photograph:   Gary Carr/Inpho

Former Ireland fullback Girvan Dempsey has been confirmed as Leinster’s backs coach until the end of the 2016/17 season as part of Leo Cullen’s coachi(...)

“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

New Leinster head coach Leo Cullen won three Heineken Cups with the province as captain. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton could hardly have said otherwise when hailing the appointment of Leo Cullen as Leinster’s new head coach, but the manner in which the p(...)

Leinster Rugby have this morning confirmed that Leo Cullen has been appointed as head coach on a two year deal. Photograph: Dáire Brennan/Sportsfile

Leinster and the IRFU have confirmed Leo Cullen as Head Coach of the province on a two year deal. The former Irish second row, who was appointe(...)

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The cost of Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up win over Wales could mount even further after it emerged that Andrew Trimble remains a significant in(...)

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Marty Moore and Luke Fitzgerald will be available to coach Joe Schmidt ahead of Ireland’s second World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva (...)