Kieran Keane

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The scene where 29-year-old Keith Branigan was shot dead in a caravan park in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

The murder of Keith Branigan at a caravan park near Clogherhead, Co Louth, on Tuesday represents a serious escalation in an already dangerous feud bet(...)

Garda forensics and a diver at work near a slurry tank Bobby Ryan’s body  was discovered at the back of farm in Fawnagown outside Tipperary town. Photograph: Press 22

Of all the twists and turns in the murder trial of Tipperary farmer Patrick Quirke, the revelation that gardaí searching for his victim’s body acted o(...)

 Mary Lowry. Photograph: Collins Courts

Gardaí searching Patrick Quirke’s home found a handwritten note relating to Mary Lowry and the disappearance of Bobby Ryan, the Central Criminal Court(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend said Leinster “are the side you want to be playing against and coaching against too because it brings the best out of you”. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

When the Connacht hierarchy decided to dispense with the services of Kieran Keane, after just one season as head coach, it looked a little hasty. It a(...)

Jack Carty in action against Wasps during the pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone.  Photograph: James crombie/James Crombie

For Connacht, TG4 has dubbed September the month of champions. The 2016 title winners kick off their Pro14 campaign against the 2015 champions Glasgow(...)

Connacht’s Kyle Godwin is tackled by Charlie Matthers and Ambrose Curtis of Wasps in a pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Australian international Kyle Godwin is ready to embrace the challenge of playing rugby in the northern hemisphere and says it was thanks to former co(...)

Andy Friend: The 49-year-old has had a varied career over the last 23 years as an assistant coach at Test level and head coach in Super Rugby, the English Premiership and in Japan. Photograph: Daniel Carson/Photosport/Inpho

Connacht have at least been able to move quickly in appointing a successor to Kieran Keane and, aside from his wealth of experience, the attraction in(...)

Kieran Keane’s Connacht departure has been confirmed. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht and the IRFU have confirmed that Kieran Keane will depart the province “with immediate effect”. Following Friday morning’s announcement, Con(...)

Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

Joey Carbery: His conundrum will find its own solution; elite rugby tends to. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

What is success? Dare I wonder, in this professional era, what Connacht coach Kieran Keane’s definition might be? In the beginning of professional rug(...)

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