Anthony Foley

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The great Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh in action in 2007. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

  The bell tolled for many sporting greats in 2016, including the greatest of them all. Muhammad Ali – originally Cassius Clay – departed this ea(...)

Rory Best congratulated by team-mates on his 100th cap after Ireland beat Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It may not have been a vintage one, but by any yardstick 2016 was a good year for Irish rugby. One only has to rewind 12 months to remember where we w(...)

  Robbie Brady scores against Italy at Euro 2016 in France. Photograph:  Reuters/Carl Recine

Cheerio, so, to the year 2016 AD – 12 months that seemed crowded with unwanted departures, a purple rainfall in which the brightest stars were extingu(...)

Robbie Henshaw touches down for Ireland’s  fifth try against New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 5th. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Soldier Field, November 5th Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 When you have to wait 111 years and 29 meetings for an overdue first win over opponents as il(...)

Prop John Ryan, in action against Leicester at Welford Road, won his first cap for Ireland against Canada in November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Ryan hasn’t exactly been an overnight sensation. But at 28, Ryan is enjoying something of a breakthrough season. Finally establishing himself as (...)

Backrow CJ Stander will start for Munster against Leinster on St Stephen’s Day at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

GUINNESS PRO12 PREVIEW Munster v Leinster Thomond Park Monday, 5.30 Live on Sky Sports and TG4. The biggest and best rivalry the league has known(...)

Munster players and staff sing ‘Stand Up and Fight’ on the pitch after beating Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

“Death really opens your eyes,” Conor Murray says on an unusually sunny winter afternoon in Limerick. The Munster scrumhalf, who has been inspirationa(...)

Google’s Year in Search reveals what the Irish were thinking about in 2016

Know their search history and you will know a nation’s people. Google’s Year in Search reveals what the Irish were thinking about in 2016. We joined t(...)

“The trick on selection is to make sure, particularly at Leinster where there are so many Ireland internationals, that we are competitive in both games,” siad Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster knows how the international system dovetails with clubs better than most. He is cute as to how Joe Schmidt thinks in the selfish way (...)

Anthony Foley’s sons Tony and Dan with Munster players  at Thomond Park, Limerick shortly after the player’s death last October. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

The wife of the late Anthony Foley has said the response to a campaign initiated by her 11-year-old son Tony following the death of the Munster legend(...)

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