Leinster's James Ryan is tackled by Maro Itoje and Jamie George of Saracens. Photograph: Inpho

Continuing the theme of recent weeks, regarding professional structures being introduced too early in youth and schools development, I was struck by t(...)

Tony Keady: pivotal figure on the great Galway team of the 1980s. Photograph: Inpho

Deeds of the past can provide inspiration to those of the present, as Galway hurling captain David Burke so poignantly acknowledged in his acceptance (...)

Colm O Luasa, Caimin Keogh and Neville Furlong: all from 63rd Cadet Class, overseas with 73 Infantry  Battalion, Lebanon, 1993

Who was the last player to score a four-point try at international level? And what did he say to John Kirwan after touching down? As I cycled along th(...)

Neville Furlong in action for Ireland during the 1992  tour of New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Neville Furlong, who won two caps for Ireland during their 1992 tour to New Zealand has died at the age of 49 following an illness. The former Wexfor(...)