Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh and Brian Cody at the launch of the Leinster championship. “It’s a good starting point for any team to be functional, I’d say,” said Cody. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian Cody lets a smile half-flicker as the name Ger Loughnane is tossed into the conversation. He knew it would come, he knew it must come. We’re in (...)

Cian Kelleher scores a try for Leinster against Zebre: “An unbelievable try from 50m, and I thought great, but I haven’t seen him again.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Coach Pat Lam believes Connacht will provide new signing Cian Kelleher with the shop window he needs to realise his ambitions. Although Leinster a(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will personally resolve any differences that arise between their two parties if anyt(...)

Cian Kelleher scores for Leinster against Zebre last February. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Connacht have announced the signing of fullback Cian Kelleher from Leinster on a two-year deal. The 21-year-old, who can also play on the wing and ou(...)

Rory Scannell: one of the young playes who has come to the fore with Munster during a tough campaign for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Let’s hear it for the Guinness Pro12 then. Never before has there been so much at stake for the 22nd and last full round of fixtures which kick-off si(...)

Cian Healy in action against England in the Six Nations: niggling injuries cast doubt on his participation in South Africa tour. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy may not play again this season due to a succession of niggling injuries. Healy, who did not take part in Leinst(...)

Paddy Jackson runs in a try for Leinster against Ulster in Saturday’s Pro12 game at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho.

All four Irish provinces will have something on the line in next Saturday’s final round of Guinness Pro12 matches. In any event, the prospects of all (...)

 Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: his form as playmaker-cum-goalkicker is atoning for the somewhat so-so form of Ruan Pienaar this season. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The 12th and last interpro derby of the regular Guinness Pro 12 season is as significant and seismic as any of the 11 that have preceded it. Aside fr(...)

 Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett, with Patrick Curran, has been playing a more prominent for the county. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday All-Ireland Under-21 FC final Cork v Mayo, Cusack Park Ennis, 6.0 – A high-quality championship reaches its climax in Ennis with the meet(...)