Dominic Ryan

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Former England rugby player Steve Thompson cannot now remember a World Cup in which he played and won in 2003. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

This week’s news of a group law suit to be taken by over 70 former rugby players suffering from the life-changing effects of concussion had come to se(...)

Many of the players involved are former internationals from Six Nations Championship unions, all of whom sustained head injuries. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A company recently set up in London has written to up to 10 Irish rugby players seeking their permission to be included in a group lawsuit with over 7(...)

A cargo ship in transit: Some suppliers are seeing gaps in supply chains due to the coronavirus. Photograph: iStock

While the potential impact of coronavirus on food and medicine supplies is a hot topic, less obvious but increasingly concerning for local businesses (...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. An O’Brien tide lifted all boats. The best captain Ireland never had? Photograph: Inpho

Another one bites the dust, and, allowing for ongoing Sevens and under-20s commitments, this applies to both another domestic rugby season and, sadly,(...)

Andrew Ryan Traditional and Modern Furniture managing director Dominic Ryan at his showroom  near Gorey. Photograph: Alan Betson

Family lore claims that Andrew Ryan was hammering nails into things from the time he could walk. A few years beyond the toddler stage he progressed to(...)

 Cillian Willis in Wicklow this week: never wanted to be a “test case” for concussion in rugby. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The professional rugby career of Cillian Willis ended on March 10th, 2013. Not from the third head blow he suffered playing for Sale Sharks against Sa(...)

Sam Underhill of Bath Rugby and Mark Lambert of Harlequins clash heads during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match in September. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

World Rugby’s policy of educating stakeholders on the significant dangers of head injuries and concussion is failing among a substantial number of cur(...)

Chris Henry in action for Ulster against Connacht in the 2017 Pro14. Photograph: Inpho

Still they leave. During the week, the Ulster flanker Chris Henry announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect. He said that the sport th(...)

 Geordan Murphy: “There’s always pressure. My good buddy James Ferris always told me, ‘Pressure is for tyres’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In early September Geordan and Anneka were christening Rex’s little brother Oscar when the Leicester board came calling. Matt O’Connor had been sacke(...)

Cillian Willis’ case against the Sale Sharks is due to enter a Manchester courtroom in early 2019, almost six years after the former Leinster scrumhal(...)

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