Australians  voted for  laws to be changed to allow same-sex marriage. Photograph: James Alcock/Getty Images

The outcome of the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was almost identical in Ireland and Australia, the yes side winning by 62 per cent to 38 per cent. (...)

Ireland manager Joe Kernan and player Shane Walsh arrive with their team in Melbourne on Monday evening ahead of Sunday’s clash with Australia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland international rules manager Joe Kernan has dismissed suggestions in Australia that his team can be targeted physically because as amateurs the(...)

Ryan Crowley of Australia and Paul Barden during the second test in 2006. Irish players were attacked before the throw-in and the first quarter was stunningly violent. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It is symptomatic of the stop-start nature of more recent International Rules series that the biggest crowds to attend the games came in the earlier s(...)

34 past and present Essendon Bombers players have been his with doping bans. Photograph: Getty

Thirty-four past and present players from Australian Rules team Essendon Bombers, one of the country’s richest and most storied football clubs, were (...)

Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring a goal in the International Rules Test. The Mayo man was superb against Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If whatever crafty gene drives the International Rules series could be isolated, it would make a fortune for the biomedical industry. Two years ago(...)

Ireland celebrate with the Cormac McAnallen Cup after beating Australia at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The international series evokes a range of reactions but no one can argue with its resilience. Having hit various crises over the past 10 years and(...)

Dublin fans create an atmosphere on Hill 16. Tickets for the county’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Mayo sold out very quickly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA realised when the recession hit that it would face a significant challenge to maintain attendance figures. According its director general Pára(...)

Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has been stabbed to death with his son charged with his murder. Photograph: Afp

Phil Walsh, the coach of Australian Rules football team Adelaide Crows, was stabbed to death and his son charged with his murder on Friday, sending s(...)

Páraic Duffy: “They’re [Australians] very positive about wanting to come to Ireland next year”

In an impressive, death-bed recovery the international rules series looks set to return to being staged annually. After the indignities of recent year(...)

Michael Murphy of Ireland looks to pass while pressured by  Harry Taylor and Nick Smith of Australia during the International Rules Test Match between Australia and Ireland in Perth on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

GAA director general Paraic Duffy has expressed support for abolishing the gap year in international rules and hosting a return series with Australia (...)

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