Neil Francis

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Niall Quinn: ‘I think if we can put something in place that keeps the best young kids at clubs, League of Ireland clubs’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Former Republic of Ireland international Niall Quinn says he has had “an amazing response,” to his suggestion that the government provide tax breaks t(...)

Peter O’Mahony talks to his Irish teammates during Friday’s captain’s run at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Amongst the many emotional elements a beaten team brings a week after a defeat is an anger to rectify what went wrong a week beforehand. Although Pete(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika speaks to his players during a training session, ahead of their second Test match against Ireland. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Australia coach Michael Cheika has reacted irately to comments by former Irish lock Neil Francis in which he described David Pocock as a cancer on the(...)

Bundee Aki and Conor Murray during Ireland training ahead of the November Series opener against South Africa. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conor Murray has sprung to the defence of Bundee Aki and called some of the coverage and comments on the residency-qualified Irish player as “unfair.”(...)

The family of Willie Duggan, including his son Willie, wife Ellen and daughter Monica, follow his coffin as his funeral cortege leaves St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny after his funeral Mass on Thursday. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

A legend, a leader, a braveheart, a kind, loving and spiritual man - these were among the accolades used to describe Willie Duggan at his funeral Mass(...)

Blackrock College’s Mark Phelan scores a try against Gonzaga in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final at Donnybrook. Photograph: Inpho

The final of Leinster schools rugby reaches a fitting conclusion with defending champions Belvedere set to be dethroned by this ridiculously talented (...)

The Western Mail headline after Wales’ win over Ireland in the 2015 Six Nations.

The Irish-Welsh rivalry is probably the most heated and current in the Six Nations. There isn’t the historic backlog but, post-millennium, there’s bee(...)

Ireland players celebrate beating the All Blacks. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

You’d imagine that 111 years of hurt would be enough to stop anyone dreaming. And with the All Blacks going in with a WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW record, the ch(...)

 Matt Cooper: ‘Dubliners have a thing about themselves being the city folk and everyone else from around the country being bog-trotting cultchies.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I grew up by the waterworks, where the river divides in two, directly opposite the County Hall, right underneath what was known, charmingly, as the me(...)

Ireland’s players singing ‘Ireland’s Call’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland’s Call. It’s just a song, right? Four-line verse, four-line chorus, key change, four-line chorus again. Shoulder to shoulder, all that malarke(...)

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