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 The Sportsground, Galway. Connacht Rugby have secured €20 million in grant funding for its redevelopment.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hats off to Connacht Rugby. Twenty million. My golly. Yes you read correctly. Twenty million. That’s €20,000,000 for development of the Sportsground. (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of a Fine Gael party meeting on Friday. His meeting with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Thursday evening ended inconclusively. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Walking back from his meeting with Leo Varadkar on Thursday evening through the corridors that run from Government Buildings to Leinster House, Micheá(...)

A CGI view of the redeveloped Sportsground provided by Connacht Rugby.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged an extra €10 million to Connacht Rugby to build a new stadium over and above the limits of a grant scheme from Mini(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media ahead of  Fine Gael’s parliamentary party meeting in Dublin. Photograph: McCurry/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is planning to reconvene the Dáil next Wednesday as he indicated it was still his personal preference to hold an el(...)

 The Sportsground in  Galway will be redeveloped into a modern stadium with a capacity of 12,000. The current pitch will be replaced with synthetic grass.

Over €2 million is being withheld from the FAI’s Munster Centre of Excellence in Glanmire until issues concerning the governance of the FAI are resolv(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt shares a joke with his training squad during an open training session at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Further pruning of the Irish squad will take place next week following the first of four warm-up games against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.(...)

Ultan Dillane has left Ireland’s Rugby World Cup training squad. Photograph: James Crombie

Joe Schmidt has named an extended 43-man squad for the first of Ireland’s Summer Series matches on Saturday. Ireland play Conor O’Shea’s Italy at the(...)

James Ryan (right) with Leinster team-mate Tadgh Furlong following their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle, last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It is a measure of the esteem in which James Ryan is held by his peers that the 22-year-old Leinster and Irish lock has become the youngest player to (...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty celebrates his match-winning try with Caolin Blade in the Challenge Cup game against Bordeuax-Begles at  Stade Chaban-Delmas. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Bordeaux-Begles 27 Connacht 33 It took a late piece of brilliance from new Ireland squad member Jack Carty to ensure Connacht qualified for a 10th Eu(...)

 Connacht’s Caolin Blade leads his team off the field after a 34-13 defeat to Sale Sharks in October 2018 at the AJ Bell Stadium in  Manchester. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A fully-loaded Sale Sharks who are in the driving seat take on Connacht in this afternoon’s crunch European Challenge Cup fixture at the Galway Sports(...)

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