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Leo Cullen: “Before most people wake, Leo is working away on what’s best for Leinster Rugby but people don’t see that,” says Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

“We farmed in Newtownmountkennedy and I’d be moving ponies or sheep and I’d ask Leo, from a young age, to give me a hand. He always said yes but he wa(...)

 Will Spencer of Leicester   tackles  Tommy Taylor of Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, UK. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

You can hear the referee say to the TMO during Leicester’s match against Wasps at the weekend that the tackle by Will Spencer was “high” and “was forc(...)

Pianist Thérèse Fahy: commissioned new pieces from seven Irish composers, and folded in a selection of Debussy’s own piano pieces with some of his instrumental works and songs

The centenary of the death of Debussy has led to a predictable upsurge in performances of his music. Mostly it’s been a matter of one-off extras, as i(...)

Würth Philharmoniker makes its Irish debut at the NCH on Tuesday

Würth Philharmoniker NCH, Dublin Tuesday June 12th 8pm €34.50-€69.50 nch.ie The details of the Würth Philharmoniker’s foundation says it all. “The Wü(...)

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(...)

Daniel Lynch was rewarded for generous offer of clemency with a ticket for the the Grand Slam decider. Photograph: Frank McNally

Dubliner Daniel Lynch had been prepared to pay a very big price to see the game. He was standing outside Twickenham with a sign reading “One Ticket Re(...)

Firefighters watch the Thomas wildfire in the hills outside Montecito, California, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history last night as forced evacuations turned neighbourhoo(...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Cellist Martin Johnson: “The common problems we have are lower back, shoulder or neck pain.” Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m sitting in the National Concert Hall café, chatting to musicians from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra about the mental and physical strains of(...)

Tallis Scholars achieved the strongest connections between scores and sound, sound and listener. Photograph: Nick Rutte

The music at two concerts I attended last week was separated by around 400 years. Those four centuries saw huge and fundamental changes in art, litera(...)

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