The TV3 presentation team that covered the 2015 Ruby World Cup. We can expect the see some of the same faces during the 2018 Six Nations Championship.  Photograph: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile.

George Hook reminded listeners of the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ, lest anyone was under a mistaken impression, that sporting bodies aren’t religious insti(...)

Joe Schmidt talks with captain Paul O’Connell ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against England in  Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How best to approach a World Cup? On the back of two wins is preferable to two defeats, but at what price? Given the costly nature of Wales’ w(...)

 “Tiger Woods is Usain Bolt unable to break 11 seconds over 100 metres.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was unmistakably John Daly. The billowing orange top, the garish patterned trousers and the redneck haircut. The first two days before the bad weat(...)

2015 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales vs Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

BBC Wales earned the ubiquitous 15-minutes of fame, certainly in an Irish context, as the rugby or sporting diaspora tuned into the complexity of unsc(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Shane Horgan show their disappointment after the defeat by France at the 2007 World Cup. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A legal practice and the Irish rugby team may have a lot in common but they probably don’t call him Shaggy in the London offices of Lee and Thompson L(...)

Bridget (Bridie) Berry cried “help me, help me” as neighbours rushed to her aid after a gas explosion at her flat in O’Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin 4 on January 15th last year. Image: Google Maps.

A 92-year-old woman screamed for help after fire flashed through her flat following a gas explosion, an inquest has heard.Bridget (Bridie) Berry cried(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Toulon’s Chris Masoe and Bryan Habana celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jonny Wilkinson – the guy who wasn’t knighted – was more hyped up than anyone. Tracksuit on, having finished his backroom team role with Toulon, it wa(...)

Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Jonathon Sexton at an Ireland squad training session at Carton House, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 61 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) After a few early errors, he was one of the(...)

From left: Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, David Wallace, Simon Easterby, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan on St Patrick’s Day 2007 as Ireland took on Italy in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Grand Slams are the holy grail, all the more so when a country has only won two of them in 120 years of trying. But championship titles aren’t to be s(...)