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A dejected  Paul O’Connell leaves the field following the defeat by Leinster at Thomond Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Munster will find out today if the citing commissioner at Saturday's derby in Thomond Park, Eddie Walsh, will cite the Munst(...)

Munster's Paul O'Connell tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back, the rivalry that has defined Irish rugby in the professional era more than any other, and last weekend’s European wins in London, e(...)

Gerry Adams TD with Pearse Doherty TD and Mary Lou McDonald TD arriving at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Analysis:  In 1926, Éamon de Valera found himself on the wrong side of a narrowly decided vote by Sinn Féin to continue its policy of abstenti(...)

Eoin Reddan in action against France in the match in which he broke his leg.

Eoin Reddan says the gods of fortune were with him. Watching Ireland’s final minutes against France in this year’s Six Nations with the Irish s(...)

The RDS will host a capacity 18,000 fans for the Amlin Challenge Cup decider.

Many of Leinster’s season ticket holders may expect disappointment if Joe Schmidt’s team beat last year’s winners Biarritz at the RDS on April (...)

Jack Kirwan, who is now studying arts at University College Dublin. “I am beginning a new chapter in my life,” he says of his struggle with depression. Photograph: David Sleator

The year was 2010. I had just got back from a dream trip to New Zealand. I was on the rugby team at school. I had the perfect family, the perfe(...)

Passing the bucks: According to the 
Midi-Olympique
 newspaper, Jonathan Sexton is set to be French rugby’s top earner. Photograph: James crombie/Inpho

Outgoing Leinster outhalf Jonathan Sexton is set to become the top-paid player in French rugby next season. According to French rugby ne(...)

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt is the favourite for the Ireland job. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With another season left on his contract, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt believes it is "unlikely" he will succeed Declan Kidney as Ireland boss, b(...)

The sudden and persistent level of wagers on Joe Schmidt to get the job of Ireland head rugby coach led to Paddy Power temporarily suspending betting yesterday before reopening it last night with Schmidt as hot favourite. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Leinster rugby coach Joe Schmidt has emerged as the new favourite to become Declan Kidney’s long-term successor as Ireland head coach. I(...)

Saracens, with Charlie Hodgson (centre) at 10, are a very controlled, regimented Premiership side. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Image Saracens, with Charlie Hodgson (centre) at 10, are a very controlled, regimented Premiership side.  Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Image

With so much unrest, globally in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and internationally, with the loss of Declan Kidney it’s hard to foc(...)

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