Eddie Butler

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Dejected Ireland players after the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And so former Irish coach Warren Gatland becomes the first coach ever to win three Grand Slams. This is St Patrick’s Weekend. We own it, right? The B(...)

Ieland’s Devin Toner, Sean O’Brien and Paul O’Connell react to referee Wayne Barnes’ controversial late  decision against the visitors in Cardiff in 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Imagine Seán O’Brien and Paul O’Connell shaping up to end you. Wayne Barnes faced this very situation and lived to tell the tale.  In 2015 Irela(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton after picking up an injury during the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva stadium last year. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

The art of manipulation is a sight to behold. On January 25th irishtimes.com, reporting from the choreographed Six Nations launch, announced: “Johnny (...)

Paul O’Connell celebrates a try on his Ireland debut against Wales in the  2002 Six Nations. Photograph: INPHO/Allsport

February 3rd, 2002. Laid out after attempting to tackle Welsh secondrow Craig Quinnell, a red-haired man in a navy scrum cap lies prone atop the blue (...)

Brian O’Driscoll celebrates his hat-trick against France in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s hard to credit that this will be Brian O’Driscoll’s 14th Six Nations campaign – yes, 14th. Notable among the many qualities with which he has (...)

 Referee Nigel Owens in discussion with  All Black captain Richie McCaw during Sunday’s Test against  Ireland.  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Watching it a second time isn’t any easier. Entering the last 10 minutes, the BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews described it as “the biggest 10 minut(...)