Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)

John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until his death in 1918, remains a controversial figure in Irish history

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to put a monument to John Redmond in Leinster House. He has written to his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton st(...)

That theological construct, “mental reservation”, is alive and well in politics. When commitments are given, they are generally time-constrained. So, (...)

Paul O’Connell makes his first start of the Pro12 campaign against Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Munster v Zebre, Thomond Park, 7.30pm: Dave Kilcoyne spoke this week about the team delivering for the fans and “turning up” on the day to win their (...)

Connacht have retained 22-year-old Jack Rugby at outhalf for the visit of Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho.

Connacht v Leinster Sportsground 7.35, TV: TG4 Connacht welcome the champions to an expectant Sportsground from the lofty heights of third p(...)

 Denis O’Brien: ‘The craic (in soccer) is just great. The people you meet. The slagging is lightning. The same kind of fun as rugby but different.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Wouldn’t we all do it, if we could? Is there a sports fan alive who heard that Denis O’Brien is chipping in to bring Johnny Sexton back from France(...)

 Jamie Heaslip: proud to be captaining Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Exactly a year tomorrow Ireland will face Canada in the opening match of their World Cup campaign. A long time in days and weeks but not so long when (...)

A boy plays football in  the Govan area of Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

For perhaps a few hours early into tomorrow morning, Shettleston, Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse – some of Glasgow’s poorest districts – wi(...)

Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

A handy day to ease the Dáil back to irrelevance after a long layoff. But although the new season kicked off yesterday afternoon, it seems the tran(...)

Homeowners whose mortgages have been bought by so-called “vulture funds” protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Homeowners whose mortgages have been bought by so-called “vulture funds” protested outside Leinster House yesterday calling for planned legislation(...)