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Old Belvedere was originally founded in 1918–19 by former pupils of Belvedere College. File photograph: Inpho

In response “to a worryingly uncertain future”, the players of Old Belvedere rugby club in Dublin have created an initiative calling on its supporters(...)

The Ireland team for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Back Row (L-R) Nick Popplewell, Gary Halpin, Eric Elwood, David Corkery, Paddy Johns, Neil Francis, Gabriel Fulcher, Paul Wallace and Simon Geoghegan Front Row (L-R) Brendan Mullin, Darragh O’Mahony, Niall Hogan, Conor O’Shea and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On June 10th, 1995, 25 years ago this week, Ireland were beaten 36-12 by France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final in King’s Park, Durban becoming the(...)

Rory Best gets a send-off from fellow Irish players after his final game for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, the World Cup warm-up against Wales in September 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“It was another one of those nights and I went in to the local chicken shop, as you do,” Rory Best says as he remembers a drunken time long before he (...)

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(...)

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