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Hugo Keenan tries to find a gap between Wales’ Dan Biggar and George North. Photograph: Inpho

There is an ability in some sports top players possess, which coaches call emergent intelligence or premeditation. It comes from training for Plan A. (...)

Former Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The Ruddocks’ Celtic union was formed, naturally enough, over pints after Welsh choir practice in Dublin. The Irish bloodlines go deeper than you mig(...)

James Ryan and Maro Itoje in action during the Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Cathy Freeman – the darling of the 2000 Sydney Olympics – was unambiguous when revealing the motivation that fuelled her above anything else was catch(...)

The Leopardstown Inn was one of four pubs that took the case against FBD. Filephotograph: Eric Luke

Business groups have welcomed the High Court’s decision on Friday that four pub groups are entitled to compensation from insurer FBD under business-in(...)

A snow scene in Fairview Park, Dublin during the 2018 ‘Beast from the East’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Met Éireann has issued a weather advisory for snow and freezing temperatures covering the period from Sunday to Wednesday. It said those days would (...)

Former Cork GAA Chairperson Tracey Kennedy pictured in 2019. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The GAA needs to be more proactive in recruiting women and people from minority groups if it wants to be a truly community organisation in a changing (...)

Johnny Sexton: “It’s what’s great about the Six Nations, isn’t it? It’s great. The hype, the interest, the pressure that you put on yourselves to try achieve for your country, it’s what we’ll miss when we finish I think.” Photograph: Aam Davy/PA

As Johnny Sexton approaches his 12th Six Nations you might imagine that he has learned to cope with the accompanying pressures and nerves. With age an(...)

Paul O’Connell believes he can make an instant impact as Ireland forwards coach. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While it’s clear that Paul O’Connell has lost none of his innate humility, the one-time Irish and Lions captain wouldn’t have accepted Andy Farrell’s (...)

Mike Catt:  “Attack, for me, is all about decision-making. Seeing the picture and making the right decisions, whether it’s our kicking game or our passing and running.” (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The eye-catching addition of Paul O’Connell to the Irish coaching ticket as the new forwards coach hasn’t just galvanised Irish supporters – well, a g(...)

The British and Irish Lions are considering an offer by Australia to host the summer series against South Africa. File photograph: Getty images

Lions v Boks rescued Down Under On the premise that people get the politicians they deserve, the island of Ireland is carrying very bad karma into th(...)

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