Does anyone believe Ireland rugby internationals don’t contain a special general resonance for the people of Ireland?

It’s hard to stomach the platitudes organisations come out with when presenting money-grabs as something more worthy

 Un De Sceaux and Ruby Walsh leave the opposition trailing to win the  Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Mullins’ charge now hot favourite for Arkle Chase at Cheltenham

Hurricane Fly  clears  the last with a stumbling Jezki to win  the Irish Champion Hurdle for a fifth time in a row yesterday: Photograph Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Un De Sceaux rockets to success and the top of the Arkle market

Ruby Walsh has won both races he has ridden on the Gigginstown Stud mare Analifet. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Willie Mullins sends mare to Doncaster for Grade Two race

Ruby Walsh guides Hurricane Fly to victory over Tony McCoy on Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jezki likely to throw down gauntlet once again to Willie Mullins’ star

19/12/14 - NEWS - Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the   ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ at the 10th Annual  The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Last runner will be in Switzerland

Ruby Walsh, left, on board Hurricane Fly clears the last hurdle ahead of Tony McCoy and Jezki during the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Impressive youngster Fiscal Focus ready for a tilt at the top in Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle

Joanna Morgan, pictured here with Katie taylor at the Irish Times Sports Woman of the Year awards, has announced her retirement from training. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Pioneer jockey says she was making a ‘meagre living doing the work of two men’

Ruby Walsh on Hurricane Fly comes home to win ahead of Tony McCoy on Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Inpho

Un De Sceaux likely to come up against top performer Clarcam in Arkle clash

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