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Ireland’s Niamh Briggs tackled by Ceri Large and Abigail Brown of England during last year’s Six Nations clash in Ashbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Different cast members from two years ago, but Ireland’s problem last time around, on this wide open space, in this cavernous stadium, was exit routes(...)

 Ireland’s Jenny Murphy and Alison Miller are dejected after defeat to France. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 5 France 10 “You can’t charge people €10 to stand in the rain for an hour with their children,” said one of the 2,100 crowd. “This is Te(...)

Irish and France women in darkness as the lights go out at Ashbourne RFC in Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Has the penny dropped yet? The arrival of women’s rugby is for keeps. Despite this agonising 10-5 loss to Six Nations champions France, Ireland(...)