New IABA high performance director Bernard Dunne chats to national coach Zaur Antia  at the National Sports Campus in Abbottstown.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) begins its recovery from a disastrous Olympic Games last year, a scathing Rio review and begins to imp(...)

Pádraig Doolan: “If I got involved with another start-up it wouldn’t be at the very early stage because I’d need a salary.”

It’s an Irish thing. We don’t handle business failure well. Unlike the US where the effervescent start-up culture accepts failure and urges people to (...)

Joe Schmidt saw his side produce a performance which was worth waiting for against England in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To allow England, if we can paraphrase here, win one Grand Slam in Dublin at the conclusion of our national Top O’ The Mornin’ week would have been re(...)

Conor Murray tried to play through the pain in Cardiff but was removed early in the second half as Wales all but ended Ireland’s Six Nations title hopes. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“We are all vulnerable and we all will, at some time in our lives, fall…” (Ah lads, not this carry-on. Come on, it’s Friday night. Don’t do it, RTE.)(...)

Vincent Clerc scored seven tries in four matches against Ireland between 2004 and 2008, including the winner at Croke Park in 2007. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Vincent Clerc, Les Bleus enfant terrible, is responsible for arrowing more pain into Irish rugby hearts than any humongous French bruiser. At 35 now, (...)

Never again. Every March, when the championship is over, I decide that’s it. I’m ringing the IRFU to ask them to move me to another part of the grou(...)

Audrey Craven: founded the Migraine Association of Ireland in 1994  and  writes in the book about her personal experiences  of migraine.

The founder of the Migraine Association of Ireland, Audrey Craven, describes a migraine attack as “a power cut”. It’s perfect description for the sudd(...)

Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bernard Jackman Initial co-favourite with Nigel Carolan until a gamble on the latter. The former Irish international hooker spent five seasons with(...)

It is understood that Bristol have offered Pat Lam an annual salary in the region of €750,000, dwarfing his wages at Connacht or indeed any other coach in Irish rugby, including Joe Schmidt.

Both the timing of Pat Lam’s announcement that he is leaving Connacht at the end of the season, and his next port of call, namely Bristol, will have s(...)

People wait in line to view the coffin of  Anthony Foley in repose in St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe, Co Clare, ahead off his funeral today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thousands of people attended the reposing of former Shannon, Munster and Ireland rugby player Anthony Foley in his home village of Killaloe, Co Clare(...)

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