Louise Galvin’s rugby career is on hold at the moment as she works on the frontlines in ICU. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland Sevens player responded to HSE callout and has been stationed in Tullamore

Shane Lowry and his coach Neil Manchip during the Pro-Am ahead of January’s Abu Dhabi Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

Shane Lowry’s coach has called on famous alumni to keep the classes of 2020 inspired

John Cooney in action against England during the Six Nations game against England at Twickenham. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland and Ulster scrumhalf accesses counsellor through Rugby Players Ireland

Jordi Murphy has recently signed a two-year contract extension with Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster and Ireland backrow admits feeling anxious with all the uncertainty over return

Rosemary Smith trains at Silverstone for the RAC British Grand Prix,  July 1967. Photograph:  Mike McLaren/Central press/Hulton Archive/Getty

At age of 79 the queen of Irish motorsport became oldest person to drive a Formula 1 car

Tyler Bleyendaal has been forced to retire from professional rugby at 29 due to a neck injury.Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Neck problem forces New Zealand-born outhalf to retire from playing at the age of 29

 Brian O’Driscoll is attended to by  physio Phil Pask and  Dr James Robson as he lies injured on the ground. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Umaga and Mealamu got away with it but the incident tarnished All Blacks’ brilliant series win

Julie Byrne (left) with Monkstown Tennis Club’s senior coach Stephen O’Shea Dublin as phase one of Ireland’s five phase exit plan was triggered on Monday. Photo: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Court time is limited and online booking essential but there are smiles all round

Jack Crowley has received some advice on his game from Ronan O’Gara. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland under-20 outhalf bent the ear of Ronan O’Gara as part of his education as a No 10

Borussia Mönchegladbach supporters have paid for cardboard cut-out portraits to be placed in the  Borussia Park football stadium as the Bundesliga returns behind closed doors. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

How things stand, the big games, who to support and lots more

Irishman Rory McIlroy is the second richest active sportsperson based in the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

His fortune has risen by €36m on the back of a return to form and sponsorship deals

Ireland’s CJ Stander scores a try during the 2018 Six Nations clash with England. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New law will come into effect immediately and removes any advantage for attacking side

Derek Jones (second from left) at a reception for the annual Blues soccer match for the David Faiers memorial trophy in 1984. Photo: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Jones was one of the 14 founding members of the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland

Tom Williams of Harlequins walks off with physio Steph Brennan to be replaced by team-mate Nick Evans in the closing stages of the 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final at The Stoop. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Stoop in April 2009 is the scene for the first in a new series looking back at sporting scandals

Conor O’Keeffe will run   for 23 hours straight this weekend in aid of  Pieta House

Gifted athlete went to great lengths to battle depression but nothing worked – until now

Nicole Drought in the Jordan 192 Formula 1 car at Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida in  February.

Roscrea driver started off watching her father in action but she soon caught the bug

Tipperary’s Paul Curran fouls Richie Power of Kilkenny to give away a penalty during last year’s All-Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With mass gatherings of over 5,000 people banned until September, we look at what’s left on the sporting horizon

James Cecil Parke won 20 caps for Ireland, scoring 36 points. Photograph: Adam Darnell/Century Ireland

A career interrupted by World War One saw him captain Ireland and win at Wimbledon

Judy Bobbett has plenty of other hobbies to keep her mind off rugby when she’s away from the action. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland secondrow has a promising career ahead after moving from a GAA background

Harry McNulty following a Sevens Olympic qualifier in Colomiers last year. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland international is a keen traveller and is content to be considered as a Sevens ‘lifer’

Ireland Women’s rugby coach Adam Griggs. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women’s rugby coach on keeping players fit and instilling absolute belief within his side

Björn Borg sinks to his knees after winning the 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final against John McEnroe.  Photograph: Getty Images

The 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final remains vibrant in the memory for me

Stephen Aboud is in lockdown in Parma, where we works with the Federazione Italian Rugby. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Building routines, keeping communication lines online and sharing an aperitivo over Skype

Mount Juliet Golf Course: venue for this year’s Irish Open in late May which now is in severe doubt. Photograph: Inpho

Lots of clubs feeling the pinch as golf tourism dries up due to coronavirus threat

The point of no return for a resumption of this season is fast approaching

Cork Constitution players celebrate after winning last season’s All-Ireland League Division 1A final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

With Six Nations and Pro14 fixtures postponed you can spot the stars of tomorrow

The Irish 20s were due to fly to the south of France on Wednesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

No new dates have been agreed for rescheduled Six Nations fixtures

Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Squad continuing plans to play France in Perpignan next Friday night

Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having recovered from his latest injury setback, winger prioritising a return to action with Leinster

The tallest of the academy secondrows is Waterford-born Thomas Ahern at 6ft 9in. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland teams now consistently bridging a historical shortfall in height terms

Leinster’s Ryan Baird evades a tackle from George Horne of Glasgow on his way to scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the RDS. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Leinster secondrow is fresh from hat-trick against Glasgow in the Pro 14

Mike Haley: The 25-year old leads the way in defenders beaten (23), metres gained (540) and also offloads (10).  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kelleher brothers and Deegan leading the way for Leinster in the Pro14

Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury tackles Peter Dooley of Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 25-year-old has started 10 of 14 matches for Leinster this season and hopes to kick on

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony in action during Ireland’s last Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Union will meet with Minister after he made the statement on Six One news

Ireland’s Cian Healy leaves the field injured during Saturday’s Six Nations loss to England. Photo: Billy Stickand/Inpho

Leinster prop was taken off during last Sunday’s loss to England with a hip injury

Johnny Sexton is tackled by England’s Tom Curry during Ireland’s defeat at Twickenham.  Photograph: Billy Stickand/Inpho

Several players from both sides will meet again when province host champions Saracens

Jack Conan during a Leinster training session at UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The number eight is eyeing Leinster’s two-match trip to South Africa next month

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki in action against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

John O’Sullivan believes Ireland could learn a lot from their ambitious Under-20 team

England’s centre Owen Farrell and Ireland’s fly-half Jonathan Sexton during their Six Nations international rugby union match at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

Bad day for Irish outhalf Johnny Sexton with kicking boots and ball in hand

Owen Farrell and George Ford in action during an England training session at Pennyhill Park ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations game against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’Sullivan has a look at Eddie Jones’s side for Sunday’s big clash at Twickenham

Rory Best couldn’t persuade Jaco Peyper to go the TMO to check on a try for  Fekitoa  which was disputed by the home side during the defeat against New Zealand in November 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John O'Sullivan: South African referee has made some controversial calls in the past

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki celebrate after their win against Wales in the Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 2 match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on February 8th. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The pair may resume their storming centre partnership on Sunday in Twickenham

Jonny May of England scores a try during the 2020 Six Nations clash with France. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Leicester Tigers’ winger is a lethal finisher and Ireland must deny him any space

Dave Heffernan is among those players who have returned to the Ireland squad. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A number of players racked up game time for their provinces in the Pro14 last weekend

Leinster’s Will Connors scores a try as Ross Molony celebrates during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Cheetahs at the  RDS. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leo Cullen praises side as they continue perfect season in woeful conditions

 Leinster’s Ronan Kelleher scores a try at the RDS. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Poor conditions make for poor spectacle but Leinster get the job done

CJ Stander forces a turnover for Ireland in their win over wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tweaks in breakdown personnel and the fine form of CJ Stander inspired win over Wales

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores a try despite the efforts of Johnny McNicholl of Wales at their Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 2 match at  Aviva Stadium, Dublin last Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

After excellent performance against Wales, player is looking to work hard and improve

Max Deegan won his first Ireland cap against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Max Deegan and Will Connors among five players returning to Leinster action

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki  celebrate Ireland’s win over Wales. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster centre proved more than a handful for the Welsh midfield for 44 minutes

CJ Stander carries during his man of the match performance against Wales. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty/AFP

Number eight’s impact over the ball marked while tighthead prop back to rampant best

CJ Stander was again outstanding for Ireland, winning his second straight man-of-the-match award. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

John O’Sullivan hands out the marks out of 10 after Ireland's resounding bonus-point win

Ireland got off to a winning start against Scotland last week. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Noel McNamara has made a few changes to the side that saw off Scotland last weekend

Conor Murray launches a kick against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. It was one of Ireland’s 29 kicks from open play during the 80 minutes. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Farrell’s side need to employ a sharper, more varied kicking game to prosper against Wales

Ireland’s Andrew Smith goes past Roan Frostwick of Scotland to score a try in the opening round of the Under-20 Six Nations Championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s something of a GAA pedigree on his mother’s side of the family with two All Stars

Max Deegan with attack coach Mike Catt during Tuesday’s training session. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former Under-20 World Player of the Year is set to win his first Ireland cap on Saturday

The Ireland U20s side greet their Scottish counterparts ahead of their game, which Ireland won 38-26  at  Irish Independent Park, Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Campbell says Scotland win was ‘ideal’ start to Six Nations but there is ‘plenty to work on’

Ireland’s Devin Toner, Andrew Porter, Josh van der Flier, Ronan Kelleher, Peter O’Mahony and John Cooney celebrate a penalty after a turn over by CJ Stander late in the match against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Secondrow’s 13-minute cameo included eight tackles, including a couple of dominant hits

Ireland scrumhalf John Cooney makes a vital tackle on his Scottish counterpart  Ali Price late on in the Six Nations game at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Munster man played key role for Irish try while Ulster No 9 was solid in the endgame

Ireland celebrate Jack Crowley’s opening try against Scotland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hosts score six tries in Cork but performance is less dominant than scoreline suggests

Thomas Clarkson: one of five players who played a part in last year’s Under-20 Grand Slam. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Trinity prop Clarkson is the only Irish survivor from team that started last year’s win

Finn Russell: he is a talented if mercurial performer. Photograph:  Remy Gabalda/AFP via Getty Images

Rugby statistics: Scotland used five different outhalves in Russell’s absence

Ireland Under-20 Sean O’Brien Ryan Byrne

His preference is for blindside flanker but he can play in all positions across the backrow

The mantle of expectation has sat easily on the broad shoulders of the six foot four inch Doris.

The Mayo man has been named in Andy Farrell’s side to face Scotland this weekend

Eddie O’Sullivan, then assistant coach  with Ireland coach Warren Gatland in 2000. He succeeded the Welshman in the role in 2002. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last four national coaches have all left Irish rugby in a stronger place

Ireland’s Hayden Hyde is set for his debut in the Under-20s Six Nations this Friday. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

English-born 19-year-old is set to make his debut against Scotland this Friday

Leinster will meet Saracens in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Meanwhile, Ulster will travel to face Toulouse on the Sunday in their quarter-final

Noel McNamara: “The reality is that the gap from the Under 20s, to the Pro14, to the Champions Cup and indeed to senior international honours is getting smaller and smaller.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Coach says 10-Test campaign can have significant ramifications in career terms

RBS 6 Nations Championship, Twickenham:  England vs Ireland and  Ireland’s Stuart McCloskey debut. Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Deep dive into 2016-2019 stats shows young players right to hope for chance at test level

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Eli Snyman of Benetton compete for a lineout  at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Dogged Benetton exposed some chinks in Cullen’s side’s armour, especially in the first half

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland will expect his side to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to   Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inphpo

Dan McFarland makes one change to side as Tom O’Toole replaces injured Marty Moore

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at  Leinster HQ in  UCD on Friday:   ‘They come with a clear plan, so we’ve got to get a better of understanding on what they’re trying to do.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A win against ‘physical’ Italian side will confirm Leinster’s number one seeding

Garry Ringrose has backed Andy Farrell’s decision to make Johnny Sexton Ireland captain. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland centre looking forward to some new coaching voices at international level

 Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury wins the lineout ahead of Rory Arnold during their defeat to Toulouse at the  Sportsground.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The secondrow tackled more than any player in Champions Cup against Toulouse

Ireland Under-20 player Tom Clarkson. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Noel McNamara’s team to avoid southern hemisphere giants at summer tournament

James Lowe of Leinster is tackled by Etienne Oosthuizen of Lyon during the  Champions Cup  round five clash at the  RDS Main Arena, Ballsbridge,  Dublin.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Fitful display in parts from Cullen’s men but Lyon still brushed aside in bonus point win

Leinster’s Max Deegan is tackled by Francisco Gomez Kodela and Virgile Bruni of Lyon during the Heineken Champions Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bonus-point win down to individual rather than team brilliance at the RDS

Billy Burns: will be looking to impress  the Ireland coaching team when Ulster face Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont in atmospheric Stade Marcel Michelin a tough assignment for any side

Leinster’s Max Deegan holds off Connacht’s Caolin Blade. Deegan’s execellent form is rewarded with the number eight jersey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Visitors omit several regulars while hosts chase home Champions Cup quarter-final

Ireland outhalf recovering from knee ligament injury

Ulster’s John Cooney kicks a  conversion in their win against Munster. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Inform scrumhalf a marked man as French side look to turn their fortunes around

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Top 14 bears the reputation of a league that exacts huge physical toll on players

Jack McCaffrey: “I don’t think he [Farrell] is under any illusions about the pressure-cooker environment he is coming into. He is a fantastic fella to deal with it in my experience. I think he will fly it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Clontarf dynamo delighted to be reunited again with his former underage boss

Dublin’s goalkeeper and captain Stephen Cluxton has yet to confirm whether he will play on for a 20th season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘He went off on holiday with the lads and I really hope he is playing again’

Leinster’s Ross Molony: ‘I was delighted to go down to Thomond Park and come away with a win. I have been down there four times, won twice, lost twice.’ Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Player keen to add to his eight appearances and three starts for province this season

Munster’s Rory Scannell is tackled by Conor O’Brien and Will Connors of Leinster  at Thomond Park, Limerick on Saturday December 28th. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kildare native’s form for province has drawn attention of Ireland head coach Andy Farrell

  Leinster’s Dave Kearney in action against Northampton Saints’ Fraser Dingwall in the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium earlier in December. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

New head coach’s style will allow players to express themselves more, says Ireland back

Johnny Sexton sustained the knee injury in the first game against the Northampton Saints and was withdrawn shortly after half-time at  Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Gibson-Park recovered from illness and returns to squad for Saturday's Connacht clash

Johnny Sexton is recovering from a knee injury sustained during Leinster’s Champions Cup win away to Northampton. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster say Ireland outhalf will be reviewed this week as he recovers from a knee injury

 Jason Smyth: “I grew up in Ireland, nothing special, no better privileges than anyone else.” Photograph:  Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images

The 2016 Paralympics threw up 4,350 unique stories, with many written by Irish athletes

Caelan Doris offered a man-of-the-match performance for Leinster via his work on both sides of the ball. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cullen’s team inflict Munster’s first Limerick defeat in 22 games across all competitions

Munster’s Joey Carbery made his first appearance of the season in their Pro14 loss to Leinster. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joey Carbery’s return to action was brought forward due to an injury to JJ Hanrahan

Harlequins’ Ireland international Anna Caplice of Harlequins is tackled by Niamh Byrne of Leinster during the  game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Harlequins

Crowd of 7,600 spectators watch entertaining 11-try game against Harlequins

Munster head coach Johann van Graan was disappointed with how his team started in their Pro14 loss to Leinster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Head coach disappointed to see his side’s unbeaten run ended by their rivals

Leinster’s Devin Toner attempts to block the kick of Munster’s Nick McCarthy during their Pro14 encounter at Thomond Park. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side made it nine wins from nine in the Pro14 but were forced to work for it

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan goes James Johnstone of Edinburgh during their Pro14 clash. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Blackrock College student comes from a family of talented footballers

Ross Byrne is expected to return to full-time training ahead of Saturday’s derby. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

His younger brother Harry started and impressed at outhalf in victory over Ulster

Felipe Contepomi: “We know historically how they [Munster] play and what it takes to go there and get a result.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former Leinster outhalf and current backs’ coach knows the scale of the task at Thomond Park

 Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Benetton in October. The player returns from injury to face Munster at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach van Graan makes 10 changes to side that lost out to Saracens

 Cian Kelleher (back to camera) is congratulated after scoring a Leinster try by Jamison Gibson-Park, Rob Kearney and  Tommy O’Brien during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side run in eight tries before switching off mentally in closing stages

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