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 Morne Du Plessis leads out his team against the British Lions in 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

No issue has divided or caused more controversy in rugby than apartheid, and specifically the sport’s links with South Africa and the Springboks while(...)

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(...)

Former chief operations officer of Ryanair Peter Bellew pictured leaving the High Court on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Brexit fears prompted Ryanair to consider storing spare parts for its aircraft in Italy, the High Court heard on Wednesday. Karsten Muhlenfeld, the I(...)

Ryanair chief operating officer Peter Bellew Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Ryanair’s action against its chief operations officer Peter Bellew is due to be heard by the High Court next week. The action centres on Mr Bellew’s (...)

Former interim chief executive of Eircom Cathal Magee has lodged a case against the company now trading as Eir in the High Court. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cathal Magee, the former interim chief executive of Eircom (now called Eir), plans to sue the company in a row over payment of a €150,000-a-year consu(...)

The investigation is focused on a range of issues including a suspected data breach,   INM’s ill-fated bid for radio station Newstalk, and allegations of market abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

It is 219 days since two High Court inspectors were sent into Independent News & Media (INM) to investigate an alleged data breach and other serio(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

The match report in The Irish Times the day after the Colours match had been marred by trouble. Photo: The Irish Times archive

The 1977 colours match between Trinity and UCD was just a few minutes old when UCD hooker and Ireland international John Cantrell took a hefty punch t(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Andy Townsend in action against Belgium in November 1997. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time’s a goon. On Saturday, November 15th, 1997, the All Blacks came to Dublin to play in Ireland. The following Monday, an excited headline across th(...)

Billy Holland: “I grew up with my father being involved with Munster, I love Munster and  Irish rugby and everything it represents.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Who doesn’t love a good family story on Test week? Particularly about a son finally following in his father’s controversial footsteps. The Hollands a(...)

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