Leinster captain  Sene Naoupu celebrates with the her team-mates after winning the interprovincial championship at Donnybrook on Saturday night. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The women’s interprovincial championship had another nail-biting finish on Saturday night as Leinster regained the title thanks to a dramatic 14-all d(...)

Rubella – or German measles – was long considered an innocuous childhood infection, causing a trassient rash and swollen glands. Photograph: Milos Bataveljic/Getty Images

Rubella – or German measles – was long considered innocuous. A mild childhood infection among children aged four to nine years, it typically caused a (...)

Leah Lyons with her team-mates at the end of the game which Ireland lost  24-0 to France on Saturday evening. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

France 24 Ireland 0 The Ireland Women’s side began their 2018 Six Nations Championship campaign with a heavy defeat to France at Toulouse’s Stade Ern(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Griffin is tackled by France’s  Celine Ferer during the  Women’s Six Nations Championship match at  Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

France 24 Ireland 0 It was a night to forget for Ireland in Toulouse, as they suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of France in their Women’s(...)

Nicole Cronin in action against Japan last weekend. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland’s Nicole Cronin has retained the scrumhalf jersey for tomorrow night’s win-or-bust clash with France tomorrow night. Cronin’s snappy service(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu tackles Honoka Tsutsumi of Japan during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  UCD Bowl. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 24 Japan 14 On the premise that every game they play is a soap opera this was never in doubt. Ireland are brave as much as they are error str(...)

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of the WRWC with an achilles injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just eight days before the World Cup on home soil, Ireland are forced to stare into a gaping leadership void. The loss of Niamh Briggs to an Achilles(...)

Jillian Godsill, High School Past Pupil,  Padraig Allen, Aschivist at St John Ambulance and Ciara O’Keeffe, the Ceramic Artist who created the Sackville Street Art Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In February last year ceramic artist Ciara O’Keeffe heard the Jim McCann song Grace for the first time. She realised she knew nothing about the subj(...)