Tom Daly: Leinster academy player was sent by club to participate in Ireland’s Sevens programme but he said if given a choice, ‘I would have went for it’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio next year, while possible, remains a highly unlikely long shot. Regardless, a combination of former profes(...)

Clontarf’s Matthew D’Arcy makes a break against Cork Constitution. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Ulster Bank League Division 1A final pits the defending champions Clontarf against their predecessors as title holders Lansdowne in what promises(...)

Lansdowne players celebrate scoring a try in the last seconds of extra-time in their Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-final against Young Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-finals: Table toppers Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf were the winners of two closely-fought encounters(...)

Lansdowne’s Tom Farrell tries to avoid the challenges of Clontarf’s Ariel Robles and Evan Ryan during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at  Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League round-up: Having struggled past Old Belvedere last week, Division 1A leaders Lansdowne were back at full tilt today as they ran in (...)

Armagh and Galway do battle in the 1999 National League at Crossmaglen under the British army base. Photograph: Stephen Davison /Pacemaker

Through most of the Troubles the relationship between the GAA and unionists was fraught, difficult and sometimes murderous. The thaw set in only in re(...)

Ireland head coach Mike Ruddock. Photograph: Gwna‘l Mah/InphoŽ

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made a number of changes to the side that lost narrowly 31-26 to New Zealand for tomorrow night’s IRB Under-20 World Ch(...)

Ireland’s Tom Daly is out of the under-20 World Championships. Photograph: Jean Claude Le Boulicaut/Inpho

Ireland under-20 centre and goalkicker Tom Daly will miss the game crucial clash with New Zealand at the Junior World Championship after being ruled o(...)

Tom Daly (centre) after the win over Fiji. Photograph: Jean Claude Le Boulicaut/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 goal-kicker Tom Daly is a major doubt for their crunch clash with New Zealand, in a game which will decide who goes through to the se(...)

Ireland’s Mark Roche takes on the Fiji defence. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 46 Fiji 3Ireland produced another accomplished performance at Stade de la Rabine yesterday evening to set themselves up for a pool showdown wi(...)

 Ireland’s Conor Joyce in action against Australia. Photograph: Gwenael Mahe/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Mike Ruddock has made 11 changes from the team that beat Australia 19-15 for Sunday’s second pool match in the IRB Junior World(...)