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(...)

Irish beef: selling 260,000 tonnes of Irish beef into the rest of Europe will damage the EU market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Tight margins and currency fluctuations make exporting food from Ireland to the United Kingdom a tough business at the best of times. Brexit makes it (...)

Eddie Jones expects 15 of his England squad to make this summer’s Lion tour - with owen Farrell among the front runners. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

On the hour mark all tributaries converged into the great river. Familiar territory. Ireland clinging on against perceived immortals, defying logic, (...)

Simon Zebo and Cian Healy after Ireland’s historic win in Soldier Field. Photograph: Billy Stickland

In my first days as an inexperienced Waratahs coach, the former Wallaby great, David Brockhoff, sat me down to give me advice. Whether I wanted the ad(...)

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