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The 157 babies due to be born in Ireland on January 1st will have an average life expectancy of 105.6 years based on data from last year’s United Nations World Population Prospects which tracks worldwide population growth and ageing. Photograph: iStock

Irish babies born on January 1st, 2021 are expected to live to 105 years of age, according to Unicef estimates published this morning. The 157 babies(...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

Esdras Irabizi: He got to line out in two county finals for the club recently. How did he get on? “Ah, not too bad. We were up against tough teams and lost both unfortunately.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s old line about Seán Óg Ó hAilpín’s parentage is a favourite of hurling fans. It still holds true too. Whether coming from (...)

Waterford fans Shelly, Brigid and Aoife Phelan at Croke Park for the 2017All-Ireland final against Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As a giddy mini-bus from McLaughlin’s bar crossed the Blackwater Bridge at Youghal, en route to the 2002 Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Larry Goga(...)

The match was due to be played at Stade de la Rabine  in Vannes.

The opening weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup has been thrown into chaos with Sunday’s match between France and Fiji called off after a further four p(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores  a try for Ireland in the World Cup  against Russia at  Kobe City, Japan. That match against Russia was his  first, and thus far only, competitive start. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2010, a 19-year-old with a prodigious build and talent was rerouted from the IRB Under-20 World Championship in Argentina, where(...)

Leinster players after  the defeat to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We’re putting on the hindsight goggles again. Leinster used the World Cup analogy coming out of lockdown. The theory was sound. Pool matches were the(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

“We didn’t know what we were letting ourselves in for. We knew it was going to be pretty intense, but nothing prepared us for what unfolded.” Ultra en(...)

CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and RG Snyman speak during a Munster training session last week. Photo: Munster Rugby/Inpho

After the longest break comes the longest season, touch wood. Or, put another way, never mind the quality, just feel the quantity, as rugby’s various (...)

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