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(...)

Jared Payne of Ireland is tackled by Taulupe Faletau of Wales during the  Six Nations match at the  Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

With the Hook man talking about Doomsday back in the studio, Brent Pope, when we visited him in Cardiff after the game, tried his best to reassure us (...)

‘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(...)