Australia fullback Israel Folau  escapes the challenge of Wales’ Alex Cuthbert to score the first of his two tries in the autumn international at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 28 Australia 33Wales’ excruciating agony against the southern hemisphere heavyweights continued in Cardiff as they suffered a 10th successive lo(...)

 Seán McMahon of Australia breaks with the ball during the Killick Cup match against  the Barbarians   at Twickenham.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has made two changes from the side beaten 29-28 by New Zealand last month for Saturday’s Test match against Wales in Ca(...)

 Francis Saili of the Barbarians beats Sean McMahon to the ball to score a try  at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Barbarians 36 Australia 40 Australia withstood a frantic late rally to mark Michael Cheika’s first game as coach with a hugely entertaining 40-(...)

Michael Cheika answers a question at a news conference where he was announced as the new Australian  coach in Sydney. Photograpgh:  Jason Reed/Reuters

Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Australia head coach.The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced a three-year contract for the former Le(...)

Humanist Association of Ireland’s  Dick Spicer: says the clear increase in demand for humanist services   is proof of the need to continually survey the educational needs of parents.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State has witnessed a 100 per cent increase in humanist ceremonies over the past 12 months, with some 1,000 events taking place this year.Most of (...)

The Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five secondary school teachers last year received lump sums of more than €150,000 when retiring from the profession, new figures show.Data provided by(...)

Former Ireland rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan is among the initial set of inductees.

KATHRYN HAYESAsports hall of fame honouring some of the University of Limerick’s most high profile graduates and members of staff was unveiled at the (...)

Cork’s Conor O’Sullivan and Conor McGrath of Clare clash in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off last April.  ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

They’re here because they’re here. The unfolding of the All-Ireland hurling championship has brought us to a final between Cork and Clare that was ent(...)