Wasps player  Simon McIntyre tries to tackle Leinster’s Ian Madigan during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  on November 15th. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

At first glance, Leo Cullen himself might not appear to provide the greatest antidote to one of his players heading abroad given his own t(...)

Far from being a 19th century creation, as unionists might like to think, the Irish Tricolour can be found in the very bedrock of our island, h(...)

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe: “They beat us in the final but I honestly hope they go on and go all the way. It would be great for Dublin hurling.” Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Dublin hurler Danny Sutcliffe has been busy even if the inter-county championship season has been over for him since last July. The 2013 All-(...)

Ulster have received a boost with the news that captain Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract to stay with the province. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 League Leinster v Ulster RDS, Friday, 7.35pm TG4, BBC NI It’s almost remarkable to think that these two were con(...)

Ian Madigan and Jack McGrath both start for Leinster against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Leo Cullen has radically revamped his team and replacements for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 derby against Ulster at the RDS with the return of (...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. T(...)

Lucinda Creighton took to the plinth  to demand that the Government publish the advice it was given by the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, on the setting-up of the IBRC commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every Easter weekend, the teachers’ unions go off for a few days to some hotel or other, looking for notice. And they get it, too: acres of space in (...)

 Josh van der Flier breaks through to score Leinster’s try during the  Champions Cup loss to Bath  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Leinster didn’t get out of their Pool in the 2007/08 season. After defeat in Toulouse and then Edinburgh, the European campaign was effectively over b(...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin is looking forward to coming up against Ulster’s Rory Best this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster sat down and had what might constitute an emergency meeting after their second pool defeat in Europe last week. The squad met on Sunday fol(...)

John Muldoon: “I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love to win in Munster before I retire, it’s one of the places where I have never won at senior level.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Muldoon made his senior debut for Connacht in 2002 at Thomond Park in an end-of-season friendly, in what would be a rare enough outing at opensi(...)