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Grand slam: Joe Schmidt gives Ireland a prematch talk at Twickenham. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

When he was writing about his rugby career in The Battle, his autobiography, from 2016, the former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell reflected on how he (...)

“If we had a kid I’d call him Opus”: St Patrick’s Day, aka Johnny Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Early on St Patrick’s morning I meet St Patrick. He has his trademark hat, crozier, robe, chewing gum and sunglasses. “My full name is St Patrick’s Da(...)

London children:  we played the same games and watched the same TV programmes and listened to the same pop songs

London that summer had a sort of heat I’d never experienced in Ireland, the dense, closed-in kind you get only in very big cities. It was 1969, I was (...)

The consistently high performance of the Irish scrum has been a revelation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are many eternal truths in rugby. The first is that ‘forwards win matches, backs decide by how much’. While Jonny Sexton’s Parisian drop goal (...)

Crash site: coastguards watch the wreckage-recovery operation in Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Lightkeeper Vincent Sweeney has made many cups of tea for visitors on dark and stormy nights with westerly winds sweeping through the natural amphithe(...)

British prime minister Theresa May will on Friday give a key speech on Brexit in the City of London. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire.

British prime minister Theresa May will say she wants the “broadest and deepest” trade agreement with the EU when she delivers a much-anticipated spee(...)

While audience figures for TV3’s six nations coverage has increased, viewership for Ireland’s Got Talent has fallen. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

TV3 has continued to build both viewers and audience share on aspects of its Saturday schedule as coverage of the Six Nations competition performs wel(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan with scrum coach Jerry Flannery. “You can’t say enough about Conor Murray. His work-rate, what he brings to the team, his calm demeanour.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster coach Johann van Graan admitted that he winced when he saw Conor Murray go down injured in Saturday’s Six Nations win over Wales. And he jo(...)

Dave Kearney and James Lowe take a break from Leinster squad training at Rosemount, UCD. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Some questions about scheduling may arise as Leinster face into their second match against Scarlets in a little over two weeks. While it is not the r(...)

Ireland’s wing Jacob Stockdale runs in their late intercept try. Photograph: Getty Images

The War of Words is running out of steam. Warren Gatland laughed aloud when the media attempted to breathe life into the Ireland-are-blunt-in-attack n(...)

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