Safe haven: Cabragh wetlands. Photograph: Eamon Brennan/CWT

When the Irish Sugar Company opened its factory in Thurles, in 1934, it transformed the fortunes of the town and its hinterland. In an era of acute ec(...)

New IRFU president Martin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Billy Glynn, IRFU president for the 2012/’13 season, gave a scathing speech at last night’s agm when claiming a “flawed and mismanaged” process has br(...)

Ireland’s Six Nations win was a major factor in the IRFU’s “strong financial performance” in the 2014/15 season. Photograph: Getty

The IRFU have announced their “strong financial performance” in the 2014/15 season will allow them increase funding to the provincial and club game(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been named the Rugby Writers of Ireland player of the year for a second time. Photograph: Inpho

As befits a playing and living legend of Irish rugby, Paul O’Connell was named The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at the annual (...)

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(...)

Jonny Sexton has been offered a four-year contract extension by Racing Metro 92. Photograph: Inpho

The next move in the Jonathan Sexton saga is for the IRFU to make. That became apparent yesterday when Racing Métro 92 coach Laurent Labit reiterated (...)

Racing Metro have offered Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton  a new four-year deal that would keep him in Paris until June 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton has been offered a new four-year contract by Racing Metro that would keep the 29-year-old in Paris until June 2019.“He has in his han(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)

The newly-elected IRFU president Louis Magee (right) and chief executive Philip Browne at the union’s annual council meeting at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSON The IRFU reaffirmed that one the biggest threats to financing the game in Ireland is competition from teams in France with greater fi(...)

A general view of the Aviva Stadium during the Ireland v New Zealand international last November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The IRFU has reported a €7.3 million surplus for the 2013-14 season. The excess is due to improved sales for the November Series ticket sales and an (...)