Niamh Briggs

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Ireland’s Lindsay Peat is tackled during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C game against France at the  UCD Bowl. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France 21 Ireland 5 The Fields of Athenry is a beautiful lament. With 25 minutes on the clock it gently rang around Belfield as Ireland threw everyth(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu tackles Honoka Tsutsumi of Japan during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  UCD Bowl. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 24 Japan 14 On the premise that every game they play is a soap opera this was never in doubt. Ireland are brave as much as they are error str(...)

Hannah Tyrrell celebrates Ireland’s opening victory over Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The natural confidence of Hannah Tyrrell can only be an inspiration for any young girl looking in on this World Cup. It didn’t come easy. Tyrrell has(...)

Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates winning her bout against Sofya Ochigava of Russia. Photograph:  Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Throughout the week, on our amble through memorable moments produced by Irish sportswomen over the past 30 years, we went from 50 to 11 - no(...)

Katie Walsh and Seabass in the Aintree Grand National in 2012. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

It started out as just a bit of fun, a rule-free spot of reminiscing, a list of 50 memorable moments produced by Irish sportswomen. But then(...)

Ireland’s Claire Molloy during training ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photo: Dan Sherida/Inpho

Claire Molloy will captain Ireland in the Women’s Rugby World Cup, standing in for injured skipper Niamh Briggs. Fullback Briggs will miss the tourn(...)

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has been ruled out of the WRWC with an achilles injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just eight days before the World Cup on home soil, Ireland are forced to stare into a gaping leadership void. The loss of Niamh Briggs to an Achilles(...)

Ireland women’s rugby head coach Tom Tierney and captain Niamh Briggs. Ireland are ranked fifth in the world. Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It’s almost three years since that momentous August day when Ireland beat New Zealand 17-14 in a Women’s World Cup pool match at Marcoussis, Paris, en(...)

Niamh Briggs, captain of the Irish women’s rugby team. “I dreamed of winning an All-Ireland for Waterford at Croke Park, but never of playing rugby for Ireland.”  Photo: Dan Sheridan / Inpho
My Leaving: Niamh Briggs

What is your most vivid Leaving Cert memory? Heading in for English, my first paper, and trying to calm myself until the paper came out. Who was yo(...)

Ireland women’s rugby team captain Niamh Briggs, head coach Tom Tierney, Aon’s Ian Thornton and  Yvonne Jacobi, and fly-half Nora Stapleton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/©INPHO

Ireland women’s rugby head coach Tom Tierney, captain Niamh Briggs and outhalf Nora Stapleton launched insurance, pensions and investment broker Aon’s(...)

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