Enda Mcnulty

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Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt with Enda McNulty at Soldier Field in Chicago. “The best of the best are the ones who aren’t sceptical. They’re the ones who want to push it forward.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Enda McNulty is painting a Christmas scene. As only he can. The question was about leadership and after an answer that included him player-managing hi(...)

The Ireland players form a ring around Joe Schmidt at the Aviva Stadium as the head coach delivers instructions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A New Zealand television journalist crystallised Joe Schmidt’s Ireland with the final question of Thursday’s press conference: “Joe, you always talk a(...)

Currid and O’Connell:  The pair continue to work together in a different way now that O’Connell’s playing career is over. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One August day in 2008, an aspiring sports psychologist got in her car and drove down to Limerick to meet Paul O’Connell. Caroline Currid wanted to in(...)

Ireland celebrate Robbie Henshaw’s try at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

I know which camp I’d rather be in before the rematch. The Ireland starting XV will largely get a week off to recover physically and prepare for anot(...)

 Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in acton against Montpellier. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Harnessing emotion into an accurate performance has long been a fundamental pillar of any successful Irish rugby side. Even in the modern game it sti(...)

Brothers Séamus and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo show their dejection following Mayo’s agonising one-point defeat to Dublin  at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘The further you go, the closer you get.’ – Advertising slogan on the back of a Dublin Bus, author unknown. Motivation is not an endless resource. (...)

 Richard Dunne during his days playing for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Just an idea, from the sports psychologist’s domain, for Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland: Instead of celebrating a goal how about celebrating vic(...)

The 2014 All-Ireland semi-final: Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 was arguably Jim McGuinness’s greatest moment as a manager

2004 All-Ireland football quarter-final: Fermanagh 0-12 Armagh 0-11 After destroying Donegal in the Ulster final, Joe Kernan’s Armagh, with Kieran McG(...)

Such has been winger Matt Healy’s improvement over the last couple of seasons with Connacht that he was recently invited to train with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro12’s leading try scorer would not where he is today were it not for Lansdowne. And Matt Healy probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t f(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

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