Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys – injuries saw the scrumhalf moved to outhalf during the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Ulster had finished the unsettling humiliation of their coach in 2012 the Guardian newspaper ran a headline. “Brian McLaughlin shows success is s(...)

 Ulster’s head coach Jono Gibbes: “The decision to leave here is a difficult one professionally because I support the team and the staff, and I am excited for what the future holds for them.”  Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

It’s been an annus horribilis for Ulster rugby on and off the pitch, and one that shows no sign of abating following the news that head coach Jono Gib(...)

Garryowen’s Neil Cronin in action  during his side’s 7-13 loss to St Mary’s College. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Terenure College cruised straight to the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1A thanks to an eye-catching 24-0 bonus-point victory over Dublin Universi(...)

Stuart Olding, who made his senior international debut in the summer of 2013, has been likened to Gordon D’Arcy by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

He has the scars to prove it, a long, diagonal and slightly zig-zagged red line from above his right knee to below it and another on his left elbow. T(...)

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today successfully sought a review of Brian McLaughlin’s sentence for  assaulting his partner and falsely imprisoning her at their home in Buncrana on October 20th, 2013. The Court of Appeal has found the sentence “unduly lenient”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A man who imprisoned his partner and was “sharpening knives at the end of the bed” while gardaí­ were outside has been spared a return to jail despite(...)

Brian McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court after pleading guilty to the 2013 offences at a previous sitting.

A young woman had to pretend to her boyfriend that she was pregnant to stop him from strangling her, a court in Co Donegal has heard. Shauna McLaughl(...)

“The Ulster supporters brought great passion to the occasion and it was matched by the home team.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye

I endured some brutally physical contests at the old Ravenhill; I enjoyed them too. When Ulster met Munster in Belfast there’d be plenty of moaning as(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams and Jared Payne dejected after the loss to Toulon at the weekend. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

I thought Ulster would be better than this. It was arguable going into the start of the European season that they were actually the best placed Irish (...)

Welsh supporters from Tredegar, south Wales (from left):  Graham George, Dai Williams and Neil Evans in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the Auld Dubliner, some red-eyed auld fellas from Wales were giving a rousing rendition of Brown Eyed Girl. “We will never bow down to press(...)