Gary Halpin

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Referee  Pascal Gaüzère gestures during the Six Nations game between Wales and England at the Principlality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Despite my impassioned plea to the sports editor for a two-page spread to discuss the goings-on last Saturday, no dice. Let’s go to Cardiff. The mat(...)

Jonah Lomu runs through the Ireland defence at Ellis Park in Johannesburg during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Black teenager, dead at 40, Jonah Lomu did plenty of living in between. Johannesburg May 27th, 1995 is where and when rugby gets divided into two(...)

The Ireland team for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Back Row (L-R) Nick Popplewell, Gary Halpin, Eric Elwood, David Corkery, Paddy Johns, Neil Francis, Gabriel Fulcher, Paul Wallace and Simon Geoghegan Front Row (L-R) Brendan Mullin, Darragh O’Mahony, Niall Hogan, Conor O’Shea and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On June 10th, 1995, 25 years ago this week, Ireland were beaten 36-12 by France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final in King’s Park, Durban becoming the(...)

 Ireland’s players take part in a training session at the Arcs Urayasu Park in Urayasu in preparation for the quarater-final against New Zealand. Photograph: Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Under Joe Schmidt’s watch, Ireland have shared two wins apiece with New Zealand, making the Kiwi probably the most successful coach in history against(...)

Gary Halpin gives a two fingered salute after Ireland scored a try against New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever about this featuring in Ireland’s standout World Cup moments, the fact that it is also included on one particular New Zealand rugby website a(...)

Gary Halpin, director of boarding at Cistercian College, Roscrea. Photograph: John D Kelly

The man who will always be remembered for scoring Ireland’s first ever World Cup try against New Zealand has long departed the playing side of things (...)

Clerk of the course Lorcan Wyer admitted to having serious concerns about the future of flat racing at Ballinrobe. Photo: Getty Images

Clerk of the course Lorcan Wyer admitted to having serious concerns about the future of flat racing at Ballinrobe after Monday evening’s fixture had t(...)

Dom Richard Purcell, former abbot of Cistercian College Roscrea, and former taoiseach Enda Kenny with the CSR school choir in 2011. Photograph: Frank Miller

Earlier this year student numbers at renowned boarding school Cistercian College, Roscrea were reported to be down by 45 per cent in a decade. Just ni(...)

Simon Zebo:  It appears everybody loves him  and totally understands the reasons for his move to “France”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Way back in 1999 I received a phone call from Mike Ruddock. Rugby had gone professional in 1995, but season 1999/00 was to be the first fully-fledged (...)

IJoe Schmidt poses during the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw in Kyoto, Japan. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland may have received a favourable pool draw in the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday morning, but there the chances of reaching a first ever semi-fina(...)

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