“Our development officer when he goes into schools finds it a lot easier to talk about the games because he can say it’s on Sky, the same television station as Premier League football and that gives exposure to the games and their value.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are mixed views on the Sky Sports deal for followers of Gaelic Games in Britain. Three of the county secretaries in England have spoken to The I(...)

Munster’s Alan Quinlan wrestles with Leicester’s  Neil Back during the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Image

Rugby can sometimes contrive the Hollywood ending. And so it is the next time Neil Back and Peter Stringer line out, they may be chumming up to each (...)

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper:  “You can’t say at this point who is favourite or not favourite.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland will face fierce competition from other countries to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The IRFU, with the backing of politicians north and (...)

 Garry Ringrose is one of the exciting talenst on the Irelanf under-20 team. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Word of mouth is usually a good indicator of form and ability. That has been the case with this Irish Under 20 side who have won the first two matches(...)

A burglar who stole a safe containing €190,000 worth of jewellery which he sold “as scrap” for €500 worth of heroin has been jailed for four years

A burglar who stole a safe containing €190,000 worth of jewellery which he sold “as scrap” for €500 worth of heroin has been jailed for four years.Ger(...)

Jared Payne and Cian Healy in conversation after a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Alex Connolly/Inpho 3:06

Cian Healy sighs what seems like a belly full of air and screws up his face. His last full game of rugby, well, it’s not really somewhere he wants to (...)

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell and his wife Dr Mary Patricia have lost a Supreme Court appeal over their bankruptcy

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell and his wife Dr Mary Patricia have lost a Supreme Court appeal over their bankruptcy.A five-judge court on Wednesday unanim(...)

Children conceived after mitochondrial donation would have “nuclear” DNA determining individual traits such as facial features and personality from its two parents, plus a tiny amount of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) from an anonymous woman donor. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people. The first baby conceived a(...)

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick  manager Eamonn Cregan with player Declan Hannon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even now, well into their second century, the GAA’s third-level education competitions continue to occupy a sort of demi monde as far as the Gaelic ga(...)

England captain Chris Robshaw: “He has unreal work rate. He goes about his business quietly. He is one of those fellas who doesn’t say much but he leads by example. That’s part of their culture and he is a good example of what they are trying to do and the person he is.”

Irish backrowers Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien see England captain Chris Robshaw as central to England’s hopes in Dublin.Since this year’s campaign (...)