IRFU denies hiring former spy to combat media leaks
The IRFU has described as "fictionalised" claims it hired a former British military intelligence officer to root out suspected bugs it feared were planted inside its Dublin headquarters.
The IRFU has described as "fictionalised" claims it hired a former British military intelligence officer to root out suspected bugs it feared were planted inside its Dublin headquarters.
The IRFU has described claims by a former British military intelligence officer that he was...
We've had some amazing high and sad lows this week but that's jump racing. Another...
One of the most memorable days we've enjoyed at Cheltenham in years. Bryony Frost and Frodon...
Four Irish winners today to match the four achieved yesterday. The headlines will rightly belong to Altior and Tiger Roll. Another fantastic day of...
Former Ireland and Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll has called on rugby authorities to crack down on the practice of defenders leading with their legs in an attempt to stop players from diving over for tries.
The scale of the overspend surrounding Páirc Uí Chaoimh will have shocked many this morning but this project and its financial viability have been in question from the word go.
Ulster Schools GAA are investigating an off-the-ball incident which resulted in a player being airlifted to hospital.
There are numerous examples of a drop-off in standards occurring after a coach announces his intention to leave but former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan can't see that happening to Joe Schmidt.
Munster and Ireland legend Alan Quinlan believes the IRFU have secured the best candidate available after announcing that Andy Farrell will succeed Joe Schmidt as head coach after next year's World Cup.
It will be remembered as one of the greatest nights in Irish rugby history and it will be particularly sweet for man-of-the-match Peter O'Mahony.
Joe Schmidt singled out his scrumhalves for added praise after watching his side record a historic victory over the All Blacks for the first time on...
Ireland legend Liam Brady has criticised FAI chief executive John Delaney's role in the current state of the Irish soccer team.
Scrutiny of the IRFU's selection policy is completely valid but criticism from the New Zealand press and coaching staff smacks of hypocrisy.
Gavin Duffy does not feel his communications business will suffer as a result of his poor performance in the presidential election.
Four Irish winners on the first day. A fairytale win for Gavin Cromwell in the Champion Hurdle with Espoir D'Allen, a double for Willie Mullins and a first Cheltenham winner for Rachael Blackmore.
The final scoreline probably doesn't do Ireland justice after they bossed today's encounter with France.
Jockey Dylan Robinson has been handed a three-year ban after testing positive for cocaine at a meeting in Galway on October 9 last year.
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has promised to introduce more stringent rule surrounding whip use after a sharp rise in the number of penalties handed out for the offence in 2018.
Ireland bounced back from last week's defeat at the Aviva with a hard-fought nine-point success over Scotland at Murrayfield.
Johnny Sexton has become the first Irishman since Keith Wood in 2001 to be crowned World Rugby Player of the Year.
Martin O’Neill is a man who is “sensitive to criticism” and “bears grudges”, according to RTÉ soccer correspondent Tony O’Donoghue.
Martin O'Neill and RTE soccer correspondent Tony O'Donoghue were involved in some very tetchy exchanges during the Derry native's five-year term in charge of the Republic of Ireland.
Jacob Stockdale's father and grandparents were in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday to see the Ulster winger score his 12th Ireland try in 14 internationals in spectacular form.
Jacob Stockdale's father and grandfather were in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday to see the Ulster winger score his 12th Ireland try in 14 internationals in spectacular form.
Martin Collins, co-director of Traveller organisation Pavee Point, has expressed concern that some communities with high Traveller populations have shown strong support for presidential candidate Peter Casey.
Independent candidate Peter Casey has said he will 'campaign vigorously' for mandatory retirement from public life at 80.
Paddy Power and BoyleSports have suspended betting on this evening's Airtricity League clash between Waterford and Limerick at the RSC.
Gaelic football could be about to experience the biggest ever overhaul in its rules.
The forced retirements of Jared Payne, Dominic Ryan and Sam Warburton have acted as a wake-up call to many professionals.
Most sportspeople understand that they and their game is in a constant state of evolution. The ones that don't usually fall behind. Garry Ringrose won't be one of them.
"That was simply spectacular... are you okay?"
If you wish to thank JP McManus in person for his generous donation to every GAA club in the land you will have to catch him on one of the 182 days he is allowed to spend in Ireland each year while he retains his status as a tax exile.
When you peel back all the England-v-Ireland tug of war talk, the vitriol, the FIFA rules, the badge kissing etc, Declan Rice is just a kid making a monumental decision in his life.
There were a lot of things to be gleaned from Limerick's ninth All-Ireland triumph.
Injury time goals from Conor Whelan and Joe Canning made it a very nervy finish but Limerick held on for their first All-Ireland title since 1973.
The curtain will come down on the hurling summer this Sunday (unless we have another replay!) and picking the best XV from arguably the greatest championship the small ball game has ever seen will be tough.
The length of discussion at the 2017 GAA Congress on the 'Super 8' proposal: 32 minutes. Number of speakers: 15. Number against the proposal: 2. Time spent discussing the fact that Dublin would play twice at Croke Park: Zilch.
It is clear that each passing hour without resolution to Kildare's row over the venue for Saturday's Round 3 qualifier is hurting the GAA. With an agreement nowhere in sight, here are six ways the controversy could play out.
Assume... it makes an ass of you and me.
Ahead of the first Test between Ireland and Australia on Saturday in Brisbane, we have selected the best combined team from both sides.
Something is rotten in the state of Offaly.
The air must have been very heavy when Joe Schmidt and David Nucifora delivered the news to Leo Cullen that one of his prized youngsters must be jettisoned.
Gordon Elliott provided the only two Irish winners on the final day of the Cheltenham festival with Farclas winning the Triumph Hurdle and Blow By Blow winning the Martin Pipe. Native River was a deserved winner of the Gold Cup after a titanic battle with Might Bite. Relive the racing action below.
For the second day running, Ireland had six winners but this time we also picked up the feature on the card with Willie Mulllins' Penhill winning the Stayers Hurdle in style after a 323-day absense. A double for Willie, a treble for Gordon Elliott, a treble for Davy Russell who rode Balko Des Flos to victory in the Ryanair Chase, Laurina took the breath away in the mares' novice hurdle and...
What an amazing day for the Irish on Cleeve Hill. Altior's amazing win in the Champion Chase was the only British winner of the day. Samcro, Presenting Percy, Bleu Berry, Tiger Roll, Veneer of Charm and Relegate took the spoils. Ireland will go into the final two days with a 9-5 lead in the Betbright Cup. A double for Willie Mullins and a treble for Gordon Elliott.
A 54/1 treble for Willie Mullins on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival and he has a firm hold of the race for the top trainer title. Buveur D'Air proved his champion quality in the feature.
Istabraq was the horse of a lifetime and one of the sport's all-time greats but his tale was always tinged with sadness.
Ireland's squad depth, particularly in the centre, is being severely tested after the news that Chris Farrell had suffered knee ligament damage and would miss the remainder of the Six Nations. We thought it would be fun to compile an alternative Ireland XV from the recently retired, injured, unavailable and overlooked players.
There are 93 holders of a national hunt training license remaining in the country, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) Integrity Statistics reveal.
Warren Gatland would love nothing more than to torpedo Ireland's Grand Slam ambitions at the Aviva Stadium this weekend and the form of the Welsh side suggests they are capable of doing it.
So Dublin boss Jim Gavin is the latest high profile manager to get into a strop with the media.
The sport of kings is inaccessible to most and now many of us won't be able to even look on enviously at our horseracing heroes.
Five Irish players have made the best XV from the opening round of games in the 2018 Six Nations.
Kerry minor sensation David Clifford will make his debut for Eamonn Fitzmaurice's senior side in tomorrow's opening league clash with Donegal at Fitzgerald Stadium.
The debate surrounding the declaration of wind operations has been raging for months but three of Ireland's top trainers have downplayed its significance.
Hurler of the Year Joe Canning is already turning his attention towards 2018 and the pursuit of back-to-back All-Irelands, something Galway haven't achieved since 1988.
Furious customers have deleted their accounts with Ladbrokes after the leading bookmakers posted an insensitive tweet about Sky Sports presenter and Parkinson's sufferer Dave Clark.
Rural GAA clubs are on their knees and the decision of Mayo star Donal Vaughan to swap Ballinrobe for Castlebar Mitchels heaps further pressure on them.
It wasn't as nearly chilling as the severed horse head Don Corleone used in The Godfather, but it had the desired effect.
Hold on to your hats everyone, we are about to discover Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moment.
Test your 2017 sporting knowledge and be in with a chance to kick-start 2018 in style.
Conor McGregor's solicitor defended the UFC star's attire and the way he conducted himself in court after he was issued with a €400 speeding fine.
Ireland face a daunting task in trying to overturn a 10-point deficit in next week's second test in Perth afetr playing second fiddle to Australia in Adelaide this morning. Here's what we learned from the game.
A greyhound under investigation after traces of cocaine were found in his system on three separate occasions earlier this year completed a classic hat-trick over the weekend by landing the 2017 Kerry AgriBusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick.
Connacht head coach Kieran Keane doesn't mince his words when he talks to the media and took aim at his own players after Saturday evening's 23-15 win over the Cheetahs.
Joe Brolly doesn't understand why Donal Óg Cusack has resigned from the board of Sport Ireland over the controversy surrounding his character reference for convicted child abuser Tom Humphries.
Director of Participation and Ethic at Sport Ireland Dr Una May has addressed concerns that parents may be feeling today following the sentencing of former GAA volunteer Tom Humphries for the defilement of a child yesterday.
Munster and Irish rugby has been rocked by today's news that Simon Zebo will leave at the end of the season but we shouldn't be shocked, this move was well signposted.
Cora Staunton will feature in the Australian Rules Women's League next year.
I've had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach since the IRFU announced they were downgrading the role of the Irish Women's head coach to a part-time role.
It took a week of sulking in traffic to finally cop on... I was nursing a Highland hangover.
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has mocked one of the journalists responsible to unearthing doping in his sport after he wrote a character reference for a convicted sex abuser.
World number six Rory McIlroy has never forgiven Roy Keane for snubbing him when he went looking for an autograph as a starry-eyed child.
Was Jim Gavin supposed to burst through the doors, spray champagne over the waiting media, whip off his top to reveal navy and sky blue nipple tassels and burst into a Dubliner's classic to delight the entire room?
Dublin midfielder James McCarthy has claimed that an object was thrown at Dean Rock as he kicked the free which handed Dublin three All-Ireland titles in a row.
Dublin have been touted as the greatest team of all-time and Mayo are 3/1 outsiders. The Westerners have found chinks in their armour in the past and tomorrow may be no different.
The Olympic Council of Ireland has dismissed reports suggesting they are going to initiate a process to have Pat Hickey removed from his role with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Professional Irish cyclist Philip Lavery has slated Aer Lingus for losing his €8k bike and taking almost a month to email him.
What would a Galway-Tipperary composite team look like? I think it would have an almost even split.
World number four Rory McIlroy believes that he and JP Fitzgerald can end their player-caddy relationship with their heads held high and he took the decision to split from him to save their friendship.
The most successful partnership in the history of Irish golf appears to be coming to an end.
Jamie Clarke's instinctive opportunism and Ronan O'Neill's deft touch for goals last weekend gave us a brief glimpse of something which is becoming rare in the GAA, precious moments of individual skill and ingenuity.
Before we begin, this is just a bit of fun, I have no psychic abilities (to my knowledge) and don't stare into fires hoping the future will reveal itself to me.
Kildare scored 18 times against the Dubs, kicked 10 wides, dropped efforts short and missed numerous goal chances but ultimately lost.
Offaly hurling legend Michael Duignan has emotively lambasted the GAA's broadcasting deal with Sky.
Money and spectacle has once again trumped fair play and the spirit of competition in the GAA.
Jim Gavin's decision to reopen the debate surrounding Diarmuid Connolly's 12-week ban took many by surprise, but his decision to refer to the coverage of the incident as 'bile' was as big an overreaction as the one that prompted his star player to push linesman Ciarán Branagan.
The Lions were comprehensive 34-6 winners over the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton this morning. Here's what we gleaned from the game.
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is now 10 weeks from his biggest fight and the biggest payday in the history of Irish sport.
The GAA Central Hearings Committee (CHC) has upheld the decision of the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) to impose a 12-week ban on Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly.
Dominance at the scrum and lineout not enough as the Blues inflicted a 22-16 defeat on Warren Gatland's Lions.
A second-half volley of the highest quality from Cormac Kelly, and a late poacher's finish from John Moorehouse, were the difference as Bray Wanderers saw off a dogged Wexford F.C. by two goals to nil in the SSE Airtricty League Under-19 Elite Southern Division in the Carlisle Grounds.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has made eight changes for tonight's friendly with Uruguay with Stoke City's Jon Walters coming into the side as captain. Can Ireland redeem themselves after Thursday's 3-1 loss to Mexico?
Kieran Kingston's much-maligned Cork team threw their hat into the ring for All-Ireland honours after conjuring an inspired display to topple Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26.
Mayo's bid to reclaim the Nestor Cup Connacht began with a nine-point win over Sligo in Castlebar, Carlow shocked Louth in Leinster, Donegal routed Antrim in Ulster, but the big result of the day came in Thurles as Cork dethroned Munster champions Tipp.
Irregular betting patterns surrounding a late goal conceded by Athlone Town in their 3-1 defeat to Longford Town sparked the investigation which has been launched by the FAI.
Can Sizing John become the first horse to win the Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown Gold Cup in the one season? Follow all the action from Punchestown right here.
If Willie Mullins is to overhaul Gordon Elliott in the race for the Irish trainers' title he must start making inroads straight away. Day One at the Punchestown festival promises to be explosive. Follow all the action below.
The curtain will come down on the National Hunt season at Punchestown but the destination of the trainer's title will most likely be decided this weekend at Fairyhouse.
The sight of heartbroken Lexi Thompson in tears will hopefully prompt action from golf's hierarchy.
Outspoken Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has left the door ajar on a possibility of working with Willie Mullins again.
Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll believes Garry Ringrose and Peter O'Mahony will miss out on selection for Warren Gatland's 37-man Lions squad.
The Aviva Stadium will play host to two of the most exciting teams in Europe when Leinster and Wasps lock horns in their Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
Jessica Harrington became the leading lady trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival with Supasundae's win in the Coral Cup and now she is a Gold Cup-winning trainer.
A new chapter in the enthralling rivalry developing Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins was written today after the county Meath handler pipped the Closutton trainer to the Irish Independent leading trainer award at Cheltenham.
Ireland have retained the BetBright Prestbury Cup after Arctic Fire defied a 418-day absence to win the County Hurdle.
Herald columnist Jamie Codd is searching for a third winner of the Festival this afternoon and is confident that On The Fringe can provide it.
Followers of Herald columnist Katie Walsh will have enjoyed a very successful afternoon.
What a difference 24 hours makes. At this time yesterday, Willie Mullins was digesting Douvan's defeat but now he's a winner of the Stayer's Hurdle for the first time.
Colin Tizzard is keeping things in perspective as he prepares to saddle two of the big favourites in tomorrow's Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Punters are dazed after a tough few days at Cheltenham but our experts believe that Day Three will see the tables turn.
The world of national hunt racing was left dumbfounded after Douvan retreated badly and failed to justify his 2/9 favourtie's price in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Cheltenham can create moments of sheer delight and Lisa O'Neill's parents' unbridled joy at watching their daughter record her first Festival winner is surely the moment of the week so far.
The Herald's Niall Cronin pointed you in the direction of 25/1 winner Labaik yesterday and our team of experts are back today to try and line your pockets.