‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

Ireland’s Shane Horgan scores a try against England at Croke Park  following a crossfield kick by  Ronan O’Gara. Photo: Alan Betson

Dust off the invasion klaxon. They’re coming. Thousands of them. Anglophiles we most certainly are not. Anglophobes, well, we used to be and will beco(...)

The three Mescalleros: Brent Pope, Tom McGurk and George Hook.

“In the beginning the IRFU had a heart attack. How dare we talk about rugby like this,” said Tom McGurk of the sharp shooting RTÉ rugby panel of Georg(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald in  action against Munster at Thomond Park in this season’s Pro12 League. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The headline read: “Ireland calls once again for returning Luke Fitzgerald. ” That was January 28th, 2014 yet here we are again. But he’s back and, ho(...)

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth  hands the ball off to Luke Fitzgerald despite the tackle of Luke Wallace of Harlequins during last weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

The debate rages, amongst Leinster supporters and pundits and former players alike, as to the brand of rugby being played by the province under Matt O(...)

 Jamie Heaslip should be one of the few survivor from when Harlqeuins and Leisnetr last met in 2009.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster team won’t be selected until Friday. But of the 15 players who started against Harlequins in the 2009 ‘Bloodgate’ quarter-final, probably(...)

Andrew Trimble: The Ulster and Ireland winger received a ligament injury to his big toe during Ulster’s Pro12 game against Glasgow on October 11th. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Andrew Trimble will be at Lansdowne Road tomorrow, commentating on the international rugby match against Georgia for BBC Radio Ulster. But most of the(...)

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray tackle Jean de Villiers at the Aviva on Saturday. So formidable was the visitors’ reputation that it seemed beating them was even beyond St Jude. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’ve probably all tried the prayer in our time, usually highly inappropriately, like when our sporting case was especially desperate and our sporting(...)

St Patrick’s Athletic  fans celebrate their side’s second goal against Derry City in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If St Pat’s were awarded a euro for every time their FAI Cup drought was mentioned in the last week, they’d have Messi, Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo up fro(...)

‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)