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Denis O’Brien: This cable would . . . bring this last geographic frontier into the global information age. photograph: david sleator

Now that he owns, well, just about everything in business, Denis O’Brien is turning his mind to a growing number of ‘big picture’ issues. You could ge(...)

Alesana Tuilagi, right, in action against Leinster during the European Cup quarter-final match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, April 9th, 2011. Photograph: Getty Images

A Samoan rugby player has been charged at a Dublin court with a serious assault in the city centre more than three years ago.Alesana Tuilagi (33), who(...)

Crescent CC’s Diarmuid Dee, in action during the 2013 Munster Schools Senior Cup final, has the physicality to make an impact. Photograph: Cathal noonan/Inpho

New Zealand have won the Under-20 Rugby World Cup four times and have been in every tournament final except last year. Less mysterious than respected,(...)

Another year bites the dust. I’ll be 52 in a couple of days. With the grace that falls like gentle rain on each passing year, I have finally learned t(...)

Rookie international props Jack McGrath and Martin Moore have turned Ireland scrummaging sessions into a fearsome contest, according to Rory Best. Lei(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will name his provisional Six Nations and Irish Wolfhounds squads today. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt will today announce a squad of around 42 players both for the 2014 Six Nations and the Irish Wolfhounds’ game against the English Saxons i(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor: “Jordi carries the ball very well for us. He has a very broad skill set so he can play across the backrow.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cold hard facts. Leo Cullen makes the natural leap from player to coach next summer while Brian O’Driscoll retires. All that can be done is to soften (...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

Were they really jangling out the strains of ‘The Fields’ as Paddy Jackson (above)  got ready to kick a penalty to the corner? Yes. Yes they were.

Going to the match on Sunday? The IRFU think you’re an idiot. Inasmuch as they think of you at all, to them you are no more complicated an entity than(...)

Ulster welcome back Ireland international  Craig Gilroy from injury for tonight’s RaboDirect Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at Ravenhill. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There are more than a few people who would have liked to have seen Craig Gilroy and Iain Henderson getting a run out against Samoa or Australia over t(...)

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