Ulster head coach Dan McFarland says his side are taking nothing for granted against Connacht as they look to qualify for the Pro 14 semi-finals. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht v Ulster, Aviva Stadium, Sunday, 4.30pm – Live on TG4 and Eir Sport The clock has finally ticked down to this weekend’s return of Pro14 rugb(...)

Munster’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are improbable, but just about possible. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations Championship is creeping ever close, and with it the dawn of a new era for Irish rugby. But before Ireland can take centre stage,(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Kieran Marmion is ready to return for Connacht after recovering from a back injury. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht will return to France for the second time this season to complete their Champions Cup campaign, but with their focus firmly fixed on the Pro (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Robin Copeland of Connacht during their  Pro 14 match at the RDS. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 Not four years ago these teams faced off in a Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht deservedly and joyously prevailed. On(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores his team’s seventh try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 “James, come off now!” commanded doctor to limping lock. James Ryan damaged his calf - and possibly exacerbated it with two t(...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue in action against  Connacht’s Quinn Roux during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  the Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 14 Munster 19 Munster will be top of the tree at Christmas after successfully quelling the fervour of the home team and the home crowd alike(...)

‘As if retail wasn’t hard enough,’ Golden Discs chief executive Stephen Fitzgerald posted on LinkedIn. Photograph: Manuel Dunand/AFP via Getty

We regret to inform you that Black Friday is now Black Friday Week. The much-lamented US import has its tendrils firmly wrapped around the retail sect(...)

Connacht  squad training at the  Sportsground in Galway this week ahead of the game away to  Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Toulouse v Connacht Kick-off: 1pm (Irish time), Saturday. Venue: Stade Ernest-Wallon. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog(...)

Caolin Blade cuts through the Montpellier cover to score a try for Connacht during the Challenge Cup clash at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are one of the richest entities in world rugby. The one blessing for Connacht’s money-crunchers this week is that the laundry bill will be (...)

Stephen Fitzgerald, CEO of Golden Discs .

Tapping into the vinyl renaissance, Golden Discs is making a comeback and has opened four new stores already this year, including a new flagship store(...)

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