Andrew Porter, Josh van der Flier, Chris Farrell, Rory Best, James Ryan and Bundee Aki are presented with their Rugby World Cup caps at the  official welcome ceremony. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Here’s Johnny. The surroundings of the hotel where Ireland are bunkered down make an industrial estate outside Bordeaux feel almost enticing. We were(...)

Inspection facilities being built at Dublin Port in advance of Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

With a little over 48 days to Brexit, and UK prime minister Boris Johnson determined that the country leaves the EU, deal or no deal, Irish businesses(...)

Rearing beef is now a loss-making business in itself for most farmers, with EU supports needed to move family income from farming into positive territory and off-farm earnings needed to keep afloat.

The beef protests have led to controversy over the share of the final market price which goes to the farmer. But the roots of farmer unhappiness – and(...)

Gareth Southgate, England’s bespoke coach, seems incapable of uttering a graceless remark or behaving with anything other than class.  Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty

A friend of mine spent a few weeks in the summer of 1996 tumbling through Galway pubs watching the European football championships. Naturally, he did(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne may well win a first cap during Ireland’s three-Test series in Australia. Photograph: Inpho

Ciarán Fitzgerald, Keith Wood and Brian O’Driscoll have many things in common from a rugby perspective but perhaps the least well known is that they a(...)

Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara scores a drop goal in the dying minutes against Wales to secure the 2009 Six Nations title for Ireland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One game down in the 2018 Six Nations and already Ireland have had their fill of drama. Johnny Sexton’s drop goal with the last kick of the game to gi(...)

Dyson hotel: Magdalena Ruda of the Blue Haven in Kinsale, which uses the company’s  lighting, among other products, with Daniel Wolverson of Dyson Ireland

The Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale is to become Ireland’s first Dyson hotel, the announcement says. What on earth is a “Dyson hotel” when it’s at home? (...)

Simon Zebo:  It appears everybody loves him  and totally understands the reasons for his move to “France”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Way back in 1999 I received a phone call from Mike Ruddock. Rugby had gone professional in 1995, but season 1999/00 was to be the first fully-fledged (...)

The family of Willie Duggan, including his son Willie, wife Ellen and daughter Monica, follow his coffin as his funeral cortege leaves St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny after his funeral Mass on Thursday. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

A legend, a leader, a braveheart, a kind, loving and spiritual man - these were among the accolades used to describe Willie Duggan at his funeral Mass(...)

Jason Platt, from Liverpool had claimed he could not live independently following the accident at the Old Bank House, Pearse Street, Kinsale, when, while attempting to flick ash from a cigarette, he fell out a window. Video footage  showed him leaving his house, shopping and driving his car.

The dishonesty of a man who sued a hotel for injuries sustained when he fell out a window was “relentless”, a Court of Appeal judge has said. Ms Just(...)

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