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John Cooney celebrates a successful late conversion for Ulster against Munster  in the recent PRO 14 clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The needs of Irish rugby tend to differ from what Leinster want. This article tracks the winding roads of Ulster’s five Dubliners before David Nucifor(...)

Ian Keatley: Munster outhalf is the product of  Belvedere College, UCD and the  Leinster academy and also played for  Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Leinster completed the sleeves-rolled-up win in Sandy Park last Sunday which reaffirmed their status as European Champions Cup contenders, 18 of (...)

“Sorry, who put this obvious lunatic in charge of the country?”

I’m like, “Why is Brian O’Driscoll on the radio saying that Ireland is a country where it no longer matters where you come from?” The old man laughs.(...)

Harrow schoolboys in formal uniform watched by local lads in London: Irish schools for boys were modelled on the successful global brand of English public schools. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most divisive educational issues in modern societies is the link between private education and social class. In Ireland, medium- to low-(...)

We’re in the weights room of David Lloyd Riverview – we’re talking me and my squad of 22 – putting in a pretty intense session, with me shouting some (...)