Gillian Bourke

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Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In February the tweeters among them came alive. Not about rugby or to remember Marcoussis. One by one they sent love to their former coach over in Con(...)

The UL Bohemians players celebrate with the trophy. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

UL Bohemians 15 Old Belvedere 0 UL Bohemians captain Fiona Hayes lifted the Women’s All-Ireland League trophy for a second year in a row after the ta(...)

Tom Tierney talking to the Irish backs during the captain’s run recently. The Grand Slam may have slipped out of reach but a second Six Nations in three years is within touching distance. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Let’s briefly revisit the French visit to Ashbourne in February. Not to highlight the floodlight failure again but to reveal its positive impact.Unbek(...)

Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

Nora Stapleton returns at outhalf for Ireland’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Philip Doyle has named the same starting XV that beat New Zealand for Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris (...)

Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a necessary risk but Ireland coach Philip Doyle has dramatically altered his team to face Kazakhstan in tomorrow’s final Pool B match in Marcouss(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle in Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In a quiet moment late last night Philip Doyle visibly winces when it was mentioned this achievement has the Irish women crossing the Black Rubicon be(...)

Lynne Cantwell training at FFR HQ, Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland team to play the USA in the opening Pool B game in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup tomorrow (4.0, Irish time) at Marcoussis outside Paris (...)

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tania Rosser is a surprise yet invigorating addition to Ireland’s World Cup squad ahead of next month’s tournament in Marcoussis, just outside Paris. (...)

Ireland scrumhalf Larissa Muldoon, seen here scoring a try against England at Twickenham, returns to the starting side to play France in Pau on Friday. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland women’s coach Philip Doyle has made three changes and one positional change to the side that ran out convincing winners against Italy at th(...)

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