Sinn Féin won the highest share of the popular vote (24.5%) ahead of Fianna Fáil with 22%, but it won fewer Dáil seats than Fianna Fáil – 37 versus 38 . Photograph: iStock

When does a new government have to be formed by? There is no deadline for this as there are, in legal and constitutional terms, no rules on forming a(...)

Garret Fitzgerald: it’s doubtful if any single person has given more to Munster rugby during  the professional era.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tributes from around the country and indeed the world of rugby have poured in for the former Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald, who passed aw(...)

 Garrett Fitzgerald talking to Rassie Erasmus in March 2017. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tributes have been paid to former Munster Rugby chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald after the province announced his death on Friday following illness.(...)

Long table dinner at Sage in Midleton during the East Cork festival

September is food festival prime time, with some of the country’s biggest events taking place in the coming weeks. The East Cork Food & Drink Fest(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Doug Howlett is going to leave his role with Munster and return to New Zealand in the autumn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Doug Howlett has confirmed he is to leave his role as the head of commercial and marketing at Munster in November, ending his 11-year association with(...)

A two-storey, over-basement, cedar-clad extension to the rear now sits seamlessly with the original footprint

The purchase of a family home is always a big undertaking, no matter how experienced the buyer. Mark FitzGerald, co-founder and chairman of Sherry Fit(...)

Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara is expected to return to Europe next season. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Ronan O’Gara has ruled out a return to Munster to work under Johann van Graan. La Rochelle are in prime position to make O’Gara their head coach next(...)

Johann van Graan: “In terms of the playing group, the management and the people involved in Munster rugby we’re going to give it everything we’ve got this weekend.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final between Leinster and Munster will assuredly hinge largely on how the former react to their first defeat in a European fina(...)

Eglinton House: Vincent Carton resold the home for a touch over what he paid for it after absorbing some of its garden

Hats off to Vincent Carton of Eglinton Road in Donnybrook, who has pulled off a coup following some creative property speculation on the prime Dublin (...)

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