Marian Earls

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“The decision to return the coaching role to a part-time basis follows feedback from coaches the IRFU has spoken with, and a further decision on the nature of this role will be completed post the 2018 Six Nations.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next Ireland women’s coach will be a part-timer, covering a full-time remit, with a six month contract all she or he can hope for. “A kick in the(...)

Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell after Ireland’s remarkable defeat of the All Blacks in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

From there to here is some journey. The Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Belfast via Dublin in 2017. Even slipping into the recent past, February 2(...)

Former Ireland scrumhalf Tom Tierney has been appointed head coach of the Ireland women’s rugby team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Ireland scrumhalf Tom Tierney has been appointed the head coach of the senior women’s team by the IRFU.Tierney, who played eight times for Irel(...)

Lock Sophie Spence never gave up the fight in the torrid IRB Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Finding Sophie Spence. it happened over three years ago.“In fairness to Goose (Philip Doyle, Ireland’s coach for another 24 hours), ” explains Ireland(...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat by England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Doyle will be leaving his role after Sunday’s third-place play-off.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s not over but last night’s 40-7 defeat to a ruthless England side signals the beginning of the end. Come Sunday evening Philip Doyle breaks off hi(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle following the victory over New Zealand at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day begins at different times for everyone and for some, like Ireland’s video analyst Lenny Browne, it never ends at all. For most it became a day(...)

Heather O’Brien embraces a member of the support staff after Ireland’s  victory over New Zealand  at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The good news, and there’s plenty, is Ireland will almost certainly avoid New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final when the tournament moves into Paris(...)

The Ireland women’s rugby squad on their captain’s run at FFR headquarters in Marcoussis, Paris, ahead of their World Cup pool game against world champions New Zealand at the same venue this evening. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Beckett was right and that’s probably all the Irish women’s rugby team can do (...)

Ireland forwards coach Peter Bracken talks to his players during an Irish squad session at the  FFR HQ, Marcoussis, Paris. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Enda McNulty, Irish rugby’s motivational guru, will not be pleased by this World Cup portrait starting with a splash of negative hue. It’s those dark (...)