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(...)

Tommy Hefferon  at the Twaddell Avenue protest camp in north Belfast. Loyalists believe they are victims of a two-tier policing system. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

A Parades Commission decision to restrict an Orange march in north Belfast has had lasting consequences. There have been more than 1,000 days of prot(...)

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 (...)

With the William Rowan Hamilton-inspired trophy for the US Ireland Research Innovation Awards were (from left): Mark Redmond, American Chamber; Laura Mahoney, Royal Irish Academy; Stephen Masterson, Ulster Bank and Anna Scally, KPMG.

A carbon-free electricity network for an American state, a low cost international money transfer system, faster drug development technologies, and adv(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) stands with with party colleagues during her party’s election billboard launch outside Titanic Belfast. Photograph: PA

Social and economic concerns have vied for prominence with traditional orange and green issues in a Stormont Assembly election campaign that has been (...)

A multi-agency investigation is under way into the incident which occured in Co Down on Friday night.

A multi-agency investigation is under way into an incident which resulted in the death of a 60-year-old man in Newcastle, Co Down, on Friday night. T(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson celebrates a try with Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. “You need to have good team-mates and be in good teams.” Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

Iain Henderson sits down at the top table in the Kingspan Stadium’s media room which he has requisitioned for our interview and admits he has never be(...)

 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(...)

Johnny Sexton starts for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster side for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Ulster. Sexton’s last appearance saw him score 16 points to gu(...)