Christian Hackenberg, Penn State quarterback, in action at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Cody Glenn

First you park the prejudices, the cultural snobbery, our Riverdance of Sport to their yardages and completed passes. Then you cast off the wronged lo(...)

Feeling outnumbered? Galway supporters at the under-21 hurling semi-final at the weekend surely were.

What’s home advantage worth on the scoreboard? Or, if the game is played at a neutral venue, what’s outnumbering the opposition in the stands b(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald , lays a wreath at the grave of Michael Collins, at the Collins Griffith Commemoration , at Glasnevin Cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael should recognise its roots lie in the values and philosophy of 1916 and should be proud of its association with the Easter Rising, rugby pun(...)

The Hill 16 on Saturday: “Blue skies, bouncy springs, We just named two awesome things, A Nobel prize, a piece of string, You know what’s awesome? EVERYTHING!”

Surely the most important piece of insider news we learned this week was that the Ireland women’s rugby team sang a song from a children’s movie (F(...)

Munster and Ireland outhalf Ronan O’Gara’s name  cropped up in the  High Court case. Photograph: Harold Cunningham/Inpho

One of the names that cropped up in the legal documents opened in the O’Flynn Group v Carbon Finance High Court case was that of former Munster and Ir(...)

Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Ronan O’Gara (above) and his wife Jessica have reached a settlement with a luxury kitchen company that had taken a civil action against them. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica have reached a settlement with a luxury kitchen company that had taken a civ(...)

Jonathan Sexton at yesterday’s press briefing in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton said that a deadline has not been set on contract talks with Racing Metro 92, but he is hopeful the process is wrapped up before too (...)

As Leinster applied the finishing touches to their playing roster for next season without disclosing how long each player has signed for, Johnny Sexto(...)

 Toulon’s Bryan Habana is tackled by Munster’s Simon Zebo during the Heineken Cup semi-final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For the Irish provinces, April is indeed becoming the cruellest month. Ulster, Leinster and latterly Munster all bade adieu to the Heineken Cup(...)

Simon Zebo:  Munster need a confident start against Toulon in their Heinkecn Cup semi-final at the Stade Velodrome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

One of the common themes emerging from the Munster camp is of learning from lessons past, and especially last year’s Heineken Cup 16-10 semi-fi(...)