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Leinster’s Sean O’Brien in action against Treviso Benetton’s  Simone Ferrari. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sean O’Brien has never been a player to see ill everywhere in rugby. He’s no woe -is-me merchant – more the pragmatist about his body and what playin(...)

Croatia’s tiny and remote Vis island, pictured here, is enjoying its final days of obscurity as it takes on the role of a Greek Island in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, due to hit the cinemas this weekend.

Croatia’s tiny and remote Vis island, with its endless beaches, is enjoying its final days of obscurity as it takes on the role of a Greek Island in M(...)

Former  president of Ireland Mary Robinson: “I never had to consider evacuation of a country” like certain developing countries threatened by rising sea levels.   Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Former president Mary Robinson has said she was “saddened” to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar refer to Ireland as being a “laggard” in tackling climate ch(...)

Ireland’s Jordan Conroy runs in a try against England in bronze medal game at the the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham.  Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Jordan Conroy left an indelible mark on the London Sevens at Twickenham as part of an Ireland squad that produced a series of exceptional performances(...)

President Michael D Higgins walks out to greet the Ireland team, staff and partners at  Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

President Michael D Higgins hosted a reception in honour of the Grand Slam winning Irish rugby team at Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday evening. It was(...)

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Jack McGrath at Carton House, Co Kildare. “Everyone goes through peaks and troughs. If you’re worrying the whole time, it is mentally draining.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sometimes the solution is hidden in plain view. Six weeks ago Jack McGrath spoke honestly about returning for pre-season training under-cooked physica(...)

 Ireland lost Six Nations matches against Scotland  and Wales, finished second in the tournament and won the other nine Test matches they played last year.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Statistics are nothing more than a neatly arranged set of numbers without context. For example to say that one group of married men spend over half th(...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

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