John Feehan

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Cocksfoot grass: their hint of purple strong against the light in a sunny meadow

Weeks of cold, raw, early rain, then droughty weeks of a misplaced summer; weeks of showery rain again, some of it teasingly warm: such are the mood s(...)

Ireland fans Emma Geraty and Ashling Davy from Dublin in Rome for the Italy Six Nations game in 2019. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Regrets, the Six Nations will have a few. For starters, if they had agreed to complete the sponsorship deal believed to have been negotiated by their (...)

Clare Island cliffs. Illustration: Michael Viney

A shade too big to be mysterious, a bit too near the shore to seem utterly remote, Clare Island still has an iconic presence. Its arching silhouette, (...)

Lady Rosse with a copy of Mary Ward’s book. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Mary Ward is chiefly remembered as being the unfortunate victim of Ireland’s first fatal road traffic incident, but in her lifetime she was a celebrat(...)

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best and Owen Farrell of England. The teams will face each other in the opening of the Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Relegation from the Six Nations has been dismissed as “absolutely not on the agenda” by tournament organisers despite ongoing talks over the significa(...)

John Feehan also oversaw  four successful British & Irish Lions tours. Photograph: Getty

John Feehan has stepped down from his role as chief executive of Six Nations and the British & Irish Lions after 16 years at the helm of both rugb(...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

TV3 Six Nations presenter Joe Molloy (left) with co-commentator Alan Quinlan, touchline reporter Sinéad Kissane and commentator Dave McIntyre. Photograph: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile.

TV3 Group has unveiled Joe Molloy as the anchor of its coverage of the Six Nations rugby tournament, to which it has the television rights for the nex(...)

Biophilia is an inherent human need to affiliate with life and lifelike processes. One could even call it love

Laudato Si’ (praise be to you), Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, was widely applauded two years ago, while prompting predictable suspicion(...)

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