Paul O Connell

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Carmel Breen, before her illness, supports Munster at a rugby match.

Imagine: you slip gently into the Land of Nod as a high-drive, progressive, active, healthy person only to awaken to an unexpected, uninvited invader.(...)

Tomas Gajowniczek was  found not guilty by reason of insanity of the attempted murder of his former partner.  Photograph: Collins Courts

A man who beat his partner with a hammer and tried to suffocate her by stuffing underwear in her mouth has been sent to the Central Mental Hospital (C(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn is tackled by Edinburgh’s Jaco van der Walt during the semi-final qualifier at Thomond Park. Kleyn is an injury concern for the semi-final against Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Now that this semi-final play-off is out of the way, presumably another weekend’s break and the prospect of playing Leinster at the RDS in the Guinnes(...)

Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Frankie Sheahan at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pendulum Summit, the business and motivational event founded by former Munster rugby star Frankie Sheahan, is expanding to New York. Pendulum has ann(...)

J Stander training with Munster at the City Park Stadium, Cape Town. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

 CJ Stander is back on the family farm in George, South Africa, as Munster face the Southern Kings at his local Outeniqua Park on Saturday b(...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton-inspired comeback in the 2011 Heineken Cup final, when the Irish province overturned a 16-point interval deficit against th(...)

The 46km walking and cycling greenway from Waterford city to Dungarvan has proved popular with tourists. Photograph: Google Streetview

The Waterford Greenway has proven a tremendous success but the challenge now for local tourism interests is to encourage visitors to stay longer in th(...)

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

A third Grand Slam, 12 consecutive victories in the Test arena from the final match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship to the game that marked the s(...)

Ireland players celebrate the Grand Slam.  It’s important after scaling the mountain top to relax your mind for the way back down because there’s always another peak on the horizon. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

I remember waking up the morning after the 2009 Grand Slam with an unexpected feeling in my gut. We did it. What’s next? That Sunday was a blur. Co(...)

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