Ruan Pienaar leaves the pitch with his dejected team-mates after the defeat to Glasgow in Scotstoun. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ruan Pienaar seems to have been on the rugby treadmill for about five years now without a break, ever since joining Ulster five years ag o. If ever a(...)

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has won the top prize at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has been chosen as the best restaurant in the country. The restaurant, the only eaterie i(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: underwent procedure at the Ulster Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is being assessed in a Belfast hospital after undergoing a procedure for a heart condition. Mr R(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson  and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  together in St Patrick’s Church in Belfast on May 21st, 2015, days before Mr Robinson was taken ill. They made the church visit during the recent trip to Ireland  by the Prince of Wales. Photograph: Adam Gerrard/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

With a reputation as an unforgiving negotiator with ice in his veins, Peter Robinson is viewed as a hardline leader of the DUP.The former estate agent(...)

Josh Matavesi celebrates his match winning try against Munster in the Pro 12 semi-final - which moments later was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Inpho

Heartbreak Decision of The Year Award: Josh Matavesi gets to do the honours here. He can hand the gong to Nigel Owen for noticing something was up bef(...)

Glasgow outhalf Finn Russell converts DTH van der Merwe’s late try to put his side in the lead in their Guinness Pro 12 game against Ulster at Scotstown. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 16 Ulster 14 Glasgow Warriors booked their place in the final of the Guinness Pro12 after defeating favourites Ulster in a thrilling (...)

Gerry Barrett:  Nama’s portfolio of the Galway developer’s loans is called Project Maeve

Irish bankers in recent years have been been coming up with James Bond-like code names for the portfolios of loans being sold off. Some have a clear l(...)

Ulster Rugby squad training at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, ahead of their Pro12 semi-final against Glasgow at Scotstoun. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

What makes Ulster a lesser proposition than last season or when they reached the 2012 European Cup final is the reduction of power forwards. Johann M(...)

Limerick’s Barry Hennessy: will start in goal against Clare at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has named three debutants in his team to take on Clare in Sunday’s opening fixture of this year’s Munster hurling (...)

Ulster have made 11 changes for the Pro12 semi-final. Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Ulster have welcomed back 11 players who did not feature in last weekend’s defeat against Glasgow, for their Pro12 semi-final against the same opposit(...)