Students at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A number of special awards were announced at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition on Friday. Science for Development Award (Worldwise glo(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo in action against Racing 92: the  Zebo v  Hogg clash on the 4G pitch in Glasgow is a mouthwatering prospect. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last Friday I focused on two minutes of Racing 92 in advance of Munster’s visit to the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Paris. Racing 92 were appalli(...)

Andrew Conway scores Munster’s third try against Racing 92 during the European Champions Cup game at Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Paris on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP Racing 7 Munster 32 This was straight out of the Munster away-day manual. Quieten the crowd with a no-frills, low-risk game (...)

Leinster and Ireland’s loss was Wasps’ gain when Martin Moore left for pastures new. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sopranos opened an episode once with Frank Sinatra crooning It Was A Very Good Year as Tony and the crew emptied a brown paper bag of cash on the(...)

Prop John Ryan, in action against Leicester at Welford Road, won his first cap for Ireland against Canada in November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Ryan hasn’t exactly been an overnight sensation. But at 28, Ryan is enjoying something of a breakthrough season. Finally establishing himself as (...)

Leo Cullen: Leinster, as bulk suppliers, will have the most difficult job

As usual, the four provincial management teams face a major challenge over the festive period as they juggle their Irish front-liners. An Irish squad (...)

Munster’s CJ Stander prepares to evade the tackle of Leicester’s Brendon O’Connor at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leicester Tigers v Munster, European Champions Cup, Welford Road, Saturday December 17th (kick off: 3.15pm) – follow coverage on our liveblog from 2.3(...)

Munster are given a penalty try after a late tackle by Leicester Tigers’ George Worth on  Jaco Taute at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Munster 38 Leicester 0 The reconstruction of Munster in the image of bygone eras is impossible. Even if the similarities are everywhere; CJ Stande(...)

Simon Zebo and Conor Murray return from Ireland duty to aid Munster’s cause against Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster v Leicester Tigers Thomond Park, 3.15pm – live BT Sport A Munster season of startlingly impressive performances enters the crucial European(...)

Tommy O’Donnell:  the Tipperary man makes  his 100th appearance for Munster tonight when the province visit Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Munster, Scotstoun (7.35, live on TG4) The last time these teams met was six weeks ago in a Champions Cup match at Thomond Park wh(...)