Donal Lenihan

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Munster’s Craig Casey and Shane Daly after the defeat to Leinster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All the best rugby teams are striving for the same things. An identity. A tight-knit culture. An environment in which words, eventually, are superfluo(...)

Ireland’s Caelan Doris fends off the challenge of England’s  Harry Randall during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Come full-time, Donal Lenihan was drained. Granted, the Irish team was too, that contest in Twickenham had, after all, been quite a trip, from the 82n(...)

Johann van Graan’s pre-match interview was hardly the stuff of unbridled enthusiasm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“If you gotta go, go now.” That sentiment was penned many moons ago by Bob Dylan. But it seems that IRFU and Munster didn’t consider those words whe(...)

 James Lowe  reacts during the autumn international between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

From this day forth, whenever our nation goes in to battle against a sporting behemoth and might feel a bit on the daunted side, let Eddie O’Sullivan’(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

Brendan Gleeson speaking at the GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Ah here, as Joanne Cantwell put it, “what a weekend”, among the highlights Tipperary winning the Munster football title for the first time in 85 years(...)

Dion O’Cuinneagain (with headband) celebrates the Five Nations win over Wales at Twickenham in 1999 with Conor O’Shea, Victor Costello and Paddy Johns. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

Professional rugby, having turned 25 this week, remains at a perilous crossroads. The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 has never f(...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell is awarded the Pro14 man of the match award at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday by his captain Peter O’Mahony. Photograph: Inpho

Unique Aviva experience Being inside the empty Lansdowne crater on Saturday night was a first for everyone present. That we could see and hear past t(...)

Garry Ringrose scores a try for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 27 Munster 25 Normal service resumed. If only this defeat was that simple for Munster. Cruelly, they never got to unveil their newly acquire(...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

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