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The Ireland rugby squad during their  open training session in  the Sportsgrounds, Galway. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Thursday, will be available if required for Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup warm-up match against(...)

Saxophonist Tom Caraher kicks off the Triskel Arts Centre’s new summer jazz series at lunchtime on Saturday 20th. 

Saturday, July 13 Rodrigo Almonte Trio Arthurs, Dublin Sometime Dublin-based Peruvian guitarist Rodrigo Almonte is studying for a masters in jazz pe(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Ireland’s Craig Casey in action against France’s Arthur Vincent. “We will back ourselves against any team we come up against.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Noel McNamara affectionately refers to Craig Casey as ‘Le Petit General,’ a ubiquitous phrase coined to describe a succession o(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

Leinster 24 Munster 9 Leinster still have one hand on one of their trophies. Munster brought their kitchen sink to a typically full-on derby but the (...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery in action during their Heineken Champions Cup round 6 match against Exeter Chiefs in Thomond Park, Limerick in January. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A year ago, when Leinster hosted Munster in the Guinness Pro14 semi-finals at the RDS, Joey Carbery was playing full-back for the home side. Exactly a(...)

 “To be involved in semi-finals and finals rugby is what you want to be doing at this time of the year.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster certainly can’t be accused of lacking persistence. They’ve had eight consecutive years of anti-climactic ends to their seasons, but here they (...)

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