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Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell in action in the Women’s  Rugby World Cup Semi-Final against England at Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, on August 13th, 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All too briefly The Irish Times had Lynne Cantwell as a columnist in 2014, when she was still one of the best centres in the world. In sports writing(...)

Ireland players stand for the National Anthem before their game against England in February. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The IRFU will charter a plane for the women’s Six Nations fixture against France in Lille on November 1st. Progress takes time. Eight years ago the m(...)

Stephen Roche in the yellow jersey during the 1987 Tour de France. Photograph:  Nutan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

The question of which Irish rider has worn the most yellow jerseys in the Tour de France typically throws most people: few guess Shay Elliott and Step(...)

The global value of wine exports  topped €31.8 billion in 2019, but 2020 is expected to result in major collapse in sales. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

The closure of bars and restaurants to contain the spread of coronavirus has slashed global wine sales, and winemakers’ revenues in Europe could be cu(...)

Researchers showed synapses in five people who had died with Dementia with Lewy Bodies contained clumps of the damaging protein which could contribute to dementia symptoms.

A new study on dementia has found how damage spreads through the brain by “jumping” between cells. Scientists used new technology to discover key che(...)

Ireland and Munster scrumhalf Conor Murray at the launch of Vodafone’s “Who We Are is How We Play” campaign. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A mischievous glint comes into the eye of Conor Murray when he talks of Simon Zebo and the possible devastation baguettes and croissants could cause t(...)

John Muldoon: will captain Connacht again in the Challenge Cup clah against Oyonnax. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Momentum is the key word in Connacht’s vocabulary this week as they change focus with a novel visit to Switzerland. French opponents Oyonnax will cr(...)

 A Catalan man with his child in his arms argues with a Spanish National riot policemen during clashes outside the Ramon Llull school in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Pepa Mainou was the first person to vote in L’Arenal de Llevant school on Sunday morning. She, like dozens of others, had queued outside the building,(...)

Dan Martin: in fifth place overall after  a gruelling stage 12 of the Tour de France, a 214.5km trip from Pau to Peyragudes. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty

Never ventured never gained Stage 8, Saturday, July 8th: Dole to Station des Rousses, 187.5kms: This was a really brutal day, the first big mountain (...)

Germany’s Marcel Kittel, wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey, celebrates as he crosses the finish line during the 11th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France between Eymet and Pau. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images

Marcel Kittel is unfailingly modest but steamrollers are not known for beating their chests either. After winning half of the 10 the road race stages (...)

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