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Ireland celebrate after securing the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A golden year for Irish rugby on the pitch has also proven fruitful off it, with the IRFU announcing a profit of €1.2 million for 2017/18. The IRFU h(...)

 Ireland’s Bundee Aki  celebrating with  Johnny Sexton and Jordi Murphy after they won  the third test match against  Australia  in Sydney. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The season that kept on giving did so, almost predictably, right to the very last dramatic play of an unprecedented 10-month season. So a campaign t(...)

 Ireland players celebrating after  CJ Stander  scores a try against Australia.   Photograph: Craig Golding/Reuters

Australia 16 Ireland 20 There was a time was when Ireland would put up the good fight but generally have their tummies tickled and yet fill the groun(...)

The Ireland players, with head coach Joe Schmidt in the back row, and staff celebrate in the dressing room after Saturday’s win over Australia sealed a first series victory against the Wallabies since 1979. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland finish the northern hemisphere 2017-18 season as the second best side in the world, and now not even the southern hemisphere can dispute that.(...)

Peter O’Mahony holding aloft the trophy  after Ireland won the test series against Australia in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have enjoyed a remarkable season, stockpiling a Triple Crown, Grand Slam, Six Nations Championship and a 2-1 series victory over(...)

Israel Folau challenges Peter O’Mahony in the air, an incident which led to a yellow card for the Australian back. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty

The consensus amongst the Australian media was that the three-test series against Ireland was a success on and off the pitch, and while they had misgi(...)

A security guard loses his trousers as he chases down a pitch invader after Ireland’s win over Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Some are analysts. Some are commentators. It is not difficult to tell the difference between the two. “Still young enough to sleep with the lights on(...)

Ireland’s  Tadhg Furlong evades the tackle of  Australia’s Izack Rodda during the third Test in Sydney. Photograph:   Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

A slightly drained looking Joe Schmidt admitted that the last few minutes of Ireland’s white-knuckle ride to a 20-16 third Test win, and with it a fir(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander makes one of his 15 carries in Sydney. Photograph: Getty Images

Man of match CJ Stander has been Ireland’s best player in 2018. Yes, the rise of phenomenal home-grown St Michael’s boys Dan Leavy and James Ryan has(...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton during Ireland’s third Test against Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Photograph: PA

Ireland vice-captain Johnny Sexton has never been one to hold his tongue and Saturday’s historic series win over Australia was no different. The Iris(...)

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