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Rónan Kelleher alongside Ken Owens during a Lions training session in Jersey on Monday. The  Leinster hooker has also been named in Andy Farrell’s 37-man squad for the July Tests  against Japan and the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As is usually the case in a Lions summer, but perhaps even more so this year, the 37-man Irish squad named for next month’s Tests against Japan and th(...)

Leinster’s Harry Byrne has been named in Ireland’s squad for the summer series. File photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

As expected, Irish captain Johnny Sexton has been excused from this summer’s two tests at home to Japan and the USA in a 37-man Irish squad named by A(...)

Liam and Gavin Coombes will line out for Munster against Zebre on Friday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Friday June 11th: Zebre v Munster. Venue: Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma. Kick-off: 6pm Irish time. On TV: Live on eir Sport. No(...)

 Conor Murray and Tadhg Beirne have been excused for Munster’s final game of the season. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although Stephen Larkham had strongly intimated that Tadhg Beirne and Conor Murray would be granted the game time they were looking for away to Zebre (...)

Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Clonmel’s  West Gate in Irishtown: Since January, gardaí have seized €256,000 worth of drugs in the Tipperary town.  Photograph: John D Kelly

The streets of Clonmel in south Tipperary were empty in January, like everywhere else in the State; but, to Superintendent William Leahy, there was on(...)

Luke McGrath celebrates after Jack Conan’s try against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 16 Munster 6 Yet more new ground broken by Leinster, as they secured a fourth successive Pro14 title, albeit this record sixth successive wi(...)

Joey Carbery will start for Munster on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Joey Carbery makes his first start since January 2020 as Munster host Scarlets at Thomond Park on Friday night (kick-off 8pm). There are seven change(...)

Many primary schools gave homework a pass when they reopened last September. Many parents and educators feel it shouldn’t return. Photograph: iStock

Schoolbags were a lot lighter at the beginning of this primary school year, but the bags weren’t the only things that were empty. Many schools decided(...)

Jordan Larmous celebrates scoring Leinster’s try against Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 10 Leinster 13 On a wet, Baltic night in Limerick, Munster and Leinster locked horns like two stags for 80 minutes but the men in red couldn’(...)

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