John Kirwan

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Ronan O’Gara was given a tough time by the New Zealand media during the last tour in 2005. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If the All Blacks and their coach Steve Hansen appear to have grown real respect for the touring Lions, the same cannot be said for parts of the New Z(...)

Pundits on New Zealand programme ‘Break Down’ sugggested Mako Vunipola should have been sent off duting the Lions’ win over the All Blacks in Wellington. Photograph: David Davies/PA

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Except when there’s plenty more than one of them maybe. Recall, if you will, the manner the Irish (...)

Joe Schmidt:   Ireland and Michael Cheika’s Australia  clash in the Aviva Stadium at 5.30pm on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Same? Well, same, but different. Joe and Cheiks. How best to describe, never mind compare, them? Ask around. Ruthless, lethally so. One more bla(...)

Conor O’Shea, head coach of Italian rugby team during a training session in Rome. Photograph: Silvia Lore/ NurPhoto via Getty Images

In the immediate aftermath of Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago last Saturday, Conor O’Shea was bombarded with text messages: “He(...)

Detail of a signed print of  ‘Our Lady – Queen of Ireland’ by Leo Whelan (€150-€200)

Art auctions in the principal Dublin salerooms won’t resume until the autumn, but Whyte’s is holding an online-only summer art sale that ends on Monda(...)

Connacht’s Tom McCartney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is a small world alright, and smaller still in New Zealand. As if to prove the point, when the Connacht hooker Tom McCartney first sampled senio(...)

The Rev Bridget Spain, Prof Mary Daly Royal Irish Academy and broadcaster Joe Duffy at the Unitarian Church St Stephens Green where a reading of all those who died around Easter 1916 took place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A reading of the names of all the dead of Easter Week 1916 took place at Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Friday, including 40 children under 17. Broadc(...)

Japan’s national team head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he will depart the role after the World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he will step down after the rugby World Cup and not take on a permanent role with the country’s new Super Rugby(...)

Captain David Kirk kisses the Webb Ellis Cup after the All Blacks’ 29-9 World Cup final win over France in 1987. Photograph: Getty

The Rugby World Cup is a devilishly difficult tournament to win. To do so requires countless permutations to work in your favour and as well as talent(...)

John Kirwan scored a stunning solo try in the first ever match at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In any sport it tends to be the biggest tournaments which provide the most highlight-reel moments. Better goals or tries may be scored domestically ev(...)

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