Clontarf’s Tadhg Furlong in action for the club against UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The IRFU today announced the return of semi-finals and final - Division 1A - to the Ulster Bank League club rugby landscape and also an extension in(...)

Dungannon’s Paul Magee and UL’s Rory White during the Division 1B clash. UL-Bohs won 29-13.  Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Right-wing Michael McGrath crossed for a hat-trick of tries to help Clontarf secure a bonus-point 46-28 victory over Young Munster and maintain their (...)

Jack McGrath during yesterday’s run-out at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rodney O’Donnell uses the words “quiet assassin” to describe Jack McGrath. It’s a term of endearment and there is no mistaking the warmth in O’Donnell(...)

 Connacht’s Craig Ronaldson. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Craig Ronaldson has signed a two-year professional deal with Connacht. Named as last season’s AIL Division 1A Player of the Year and finishing as the(...)

UCD’s Conor Gilsenan is tackled by Darren Sweetnam of Dolphin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

UCD produced an outstanding second half display to record a bonus point victory and move back to the top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1 A table (...)

Peter Lydon playing for Kilkenny College during the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final in 2010. The outhalf was invited for a trial at Stade Francais in  Paris last season. Photograph: Inpho

Peter Lydon embarked on a road less travelled, one where ambition and circumstance colluded to provide an opportunity to pursue a career as a professi(...)

Lansdowne  and Ireland Under-20 coach Mike Ruddock: his side will miss the services of Craig Ronaldson this season.  Photograph: Inpho

Lansdowne’s defence of their Ulster Bank League title begins today with a tough tie against UCD. In their favour is that the match is on the back pitc(...)

A dejected Tadhg Bennett of Shannon after the final whistle against UCD last weekend. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Your roots never really leave you. The fact that Shannon were relegated from Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League over the weekend didn’t come(...)

Captain Ross McCarron and Lansdowne players celebrate at the weekend.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Mike Ruddock talks about the Irish game it’s always worth listening, not only because of that engaging Welsh lilt but because, as a Grand (...)

Lansdowne captain Ross McCarron after his side clinced the Division One A title against Clontarf on Saturday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Lansdowne’s coronation was duly completed on the Aviva Stadium back pitch on Saturday with a flourish. In truth, Clontarf put (...)