Brian and Norma Rohan with their children, Emily (11 months) and Julie (2),  on the family farm in Shanahoe, Co Laois. Brian’s father, Liam, died in a farm accident. Photograph: Pat Moore.

All that fresh air and physical activity means that farming is seen as a very healthy occupation. But, as the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy in(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll watches on from the sidelines as the All Blacks score a try through Ryan Crotty in the last minute of the game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll will not play in Leinster’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash against Scarlets at the RDS on Saturday night (7.15pm) after leavin(...)

 Left to right - Owen Farrell, Jamie Heaslip, Tom Youngs, Alex Cuthbert, Adam Jones (under jacket), Ben Youngs and Sam Warburton watch the final moments of the second Test from the bench. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

So, not entirely surprisingly, it’s come down to this. It’s been that kind of season, that kind of tour. Both sides now have an 80 minute shot at fore(...)

  Tommy Bowe at a British & Irish Lions press conference. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tommy Bowe wants the British and Irish Lions to batter Australia into submission at ANZ Stadium, drawing on the pain of past failures to triumph in t(...)

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen and former British and Irish Lions star Austin Healey at the announcement that Setanta Sports has added BT Sport and ESPN to its line up for the next three seasons. Photograph: David Maher / Sportsfile

Former England international and British Lion Austin Healey was never short of an opinion as a player, a character trait that has accompanied his care(...)

Simon Zebo  during yesterday’s match against the ACT Brumbies  at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

About two-thirds of the Lions starting XV for the first Test looked nailed on, and that figure would be even higher if Tommy Bowe, George North and Ja(...)

 Simon Zebo (left) and Mako Vunipola after the 64-0 win at Hunter Stadium today. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wing Tommy Bowe remains hopeful of being fit for the second Test in Melbourne on June 29th, according to Lions coach Warren Gatland. Bowe underwent su(...)