'We drew Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and thought 'oh lord'' - How Ireland upset the odds to almost win the Sevens World Cup
When an interviewee says they have never been asked about a topic, it isn't always the greatest...
When an interviewee says they have never been asked about a topic, it isn't always the greatest...
Keith Earls is hoping to play a part in the end of Munster's season after discovering that the knee injury suffered in Ireland's Grand Slam win...
Dublin star Ciaran Kilkenny is in the dark over whether team-mate Diarmuid Connolly will make a return in 2018.
As well as picking up a handsome winner's cheque of €1.61m, Masters champion Patrick Reed has...
Masters champion Patrick Reed won his first major at Augusta National yesterday but amidst the celebrations he had to answer an awkward question in his post-round press conference.
Conor McGregor is always quick to point out how much money he is making but his earning capacity could be dented after his latest scandal.
Praise has poured in for Joe Brolly after the GAA pundit's interview on The Late Late Show where he described his experience of taking in a homeless 20-year-old.
New footage has emerged from inside the bus that Conor McGregor and his team attacked following a UFC media event.
Conor McGregor was last night wanted for questioning by New York police after an incident in which a bus was attacked and a UFC fighter left injured.
A Laois GAA star who suffered serious head injuries in a violent attack has woken up from a medically induced coma and will now begin his recovery.
It's September 1995 and a 19-year-old Tiger Woods, who has yet to turn pro, is about a year away from being tipped to surpass the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in a proclamation that still makes even the most bullish of statements seem demure.
Joe Walsh has devised a fiendishly clever - and admirably devious - way to secure face-time with the world's greatest rugby coaches.
Given that they have produced 68 Leinster Schools Senior Cup-winning sides - with the possibility of...
The manager of the Irish boxing team at the Rio Olympics has confirmed that coaches were warned to "be careful" ahead of Michael Conlan's controversial defeat.
Belvedere are within touching distance of the claiming the first Leinster Schools Senior Cup three in-a-row since 1964 after engineering possibly the greatest comeback in the history of the competition to deny St Michael's in today's semi-final at Donnybrook Stadium.
He doesn't quite have the local lilt but after two years in Bandon, Regis Sonnes considers himself a bona fide Western Corkonian.
We are roughly at the halfway stage of the 2018 Six Nations and although Ireland are leading the way at the top of the table, there have been plenty of top notch individuals performances across all the competing teams.
Ireland welcome Wales to Dublin as Joe Schmidt's men aim to make it three in a row in the 2018 Six Nations.
Ireland U20 host Wales tonight at Donnybrook Stadium as they look for their second win of the 2018 Six Nations. Kick-off is at 19.15.
If one of Blackrock College’s most decorated schools cup stars wished to drive down to Donnybrook Stadium this afternoon to take in his alma mater’s Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final, he would need to have pulled out of his driveway in Krasnoyarsk ten days ago.
Today's opening ceremony marks the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics and although Ireland isn't known as an alpine sports stronghold we are still sending a five-strong team in pursuit of glory.
Michael Lyster's reign as anchor of 'The Sunday Game' will come to an end this year.
It has been a spectacular rise for Irish second row Tadhg Beirne in the two years since he left Leinster - and Luke Fitzgerald thinks that the the 25-year-old could have made a similar breakthrough in Ireland if he had enjoyed better injury luck.
Waterford legend John Mullane thinks that anyone questioning whether Galway can back up their stellar 2017 is being 'naive'.
The Allianz National League gets underway this weekend and one big attraction for football fans is the possibility of Kerry minor sensation David Clifford making his senior debut.
Leinster and Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock is hopeful that he will be back in action before the end of the season after suffering a bad hamstring injury last month.
Not long after the final whistle blows on a Saturday, the following week begins.
Liverpool kicked off the January transfer window with a big money signing to strengthen their defence but Eamon Dunphy thinks that Jurgen Klopp missed a big opportunity to fortify his rearguard last summer by failing to make a goalkeeping change.
Leinster held on for a dramatic 21-18 win against Connacht at the RDS yesterday after managing to repel the visitors' 28-phase assault on their try-line as the clock went red.
The Christmas inter-provincial clashes sometimes suffer from a lack of star-power but this festive period we have been treated to four cracking encounters - with two more derby clashes still to come this weekend.
If you enjoy reading articles where the hook is that pundit X has blasted/slammed/eviscerated player or manager Y, then you probably got much more literary pleasure from perusing publications after the All-Ireland football final rather than following the hurling equivalent.
Dublin star Cian O'Sullivan has revealed that his miraculous recovery from injury to play in the 2015 All-Ireland final is his proudest moment in football.
Many Leinster fans were probably surprised - and a little disappointed - to see the news that the province have opted against registering import James Lowe for this weekend's Champions Cup clash away to Exeter.
The government has today announced grants of €56m to over 1,700 sporting projects around the country under the Sports Capital Programme.
Former Leinster centre Eoin O'Malley has revealed the moment he knew he had to retire from professional rugby at just 25.
After spending three seasons in Ireland, a Kiwi centre prepares to make his international debut in the first November test against South Africa.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is 'hopeful' that Jeff Hendrick will be fit to take part in this Saturday's World Cup playoff first leg against Denmark despite the Burnley midfielder picking up an injury over the weekend.
Before Simon Zebo was sent into international exile by Joe Schmidt, out-half Ian Madigan made a similarly tough choice when he opted to leave Leinster and move to Bordeaux in the summer of 2016.
Ireland look set to miss out on hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup after World Rugby recommended that South Africa be awarded the marquee tournament following an independent review into the bids.
New Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy says it would be a 'huge ask' for Diarmuid Connolly to switch codes in 2018.
Munster have confirmed that South Africa forwards coach Johann van Graan will join the province next month as their head coach.
We are three days away from the latest installment of Irish rugby's greatest rivalry, the annual signal that the season is ready to fully kick into action.
"Could you pass me that bag?," Paul Kimmage asked as he settled into the Left Wing studio.
Dublin, doping and cynicism were all up for discussion on the latest episode of 'The Left Wing', as Luke Fitzgerald and Paul Kimmage locked horns on a blockbuster instalment of Independent.ie's rugby podcast.
All-Ireland-winning manager Michael Ryan has been ratified for a second term in charge of the Tipperary hurlers tonight.
All-Ireland final day delivered a roman scroll full of talking points after Dublin completed a three in-a-row by pipping Mayo in yet another final - but one particular sub-plot has generated a good deal of coverage in its own right.
The Dublin Half-Marathon was delayed by over an hour as traffic chaos hit the city.
Brian Cody eyes up his charges, trying to sense any weakness or slippage from the previous day.
It came to an end in the Croke Park tunnel on a rotten, wet day in August 2008, with Paul ‘Pillar’ Caffrey and his family booking a premature holiday.
Mark Vaughan reckons that there was a period, about ten years ago now, when himself and Stephen Cluxton spent more time together than any inter-county players in Ireland.
''An absolutely bizarre goal'' was the description given to the score that sealed Mayo's only championship victory over Kerry since their All-Ireland drought began 66 years ago, and in lieu of any televisual evidence, Ger Canning's summation was all anyone unlucky enough not to be in Croke Park for James Horan's moment of absolute audacity in 1996 had to go on.
‘An absolutely bizarre goal’ was the description given to the score that sealed Mayo’s only championship victory over Kerry since their All-Ireland drought began 66 years ago, and in lieu of any televisual evidence, Ger Canning’s summation was all anyone unlucky enough not to be in Croke Park for James Horan’s moment of absolute audacity 21 years ago had to go on.
Tomás Ó Sé thinks Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice could spring a few selection surprises when he names his team to play Mayo in this Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park.
Everyone is waiting to see who Mayo star Lee Keegan will be tasked with shadowing in this Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry - but Joe Brolly thinks Eamonn Fitzmaurice should flip the usual dynamic on its head with a tactical move of his own.
You could be forgiven if your first thought was of Southampton's ill-fated Woodwardian experiment of bringing in a top rugby coach and placing him at the top of the tree at an association football club.
Tom Tierney's Ireland team face Australia in UCD tonight at 7pm in their opening game of the Women's Rugby World Cup. Follow all the action here:
Jim Gavin has a tough selection decision regarding Bernard Brogan to make ahead of this Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Monaghan, and Alan Brogan expects the Dublin manager to keep his brother in reserve for the last eight tie.
Kerry were facile eight-point winners over a wasteful Galway team but must wait a week to see who their opponents will be in three weeks time.
"I had never thought of that," Mickey Linden says when it's put to him that he has been playing Gaelic football for a time span that started before Heffo's Army and has continued five seasons into Jim Gavin's attempt to top Dublin's most storied team.
The father of Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has denied claims that he was verbally abused by the county's supporters after the heavy defeat to Galway on Saturday evening.
A stonewall red? Not if you were to take your lead from the officiating team's reaction - bar the head man - who collectively suffered a medical emergency known as simultaneous tongue swallowing.
Munster have today confirmed that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber will leave the province at the end of December to return to South Africa.
After a fantastic win over the Crusaders in Christchurch last Saturday, the Lions travel to Dunedin to take on the Highlanders. Follow all the action in our liveblog:
“I knew I was in trouble immediately. It was the pain. It was excruciating.”
The Lions tour is firmly centre stage in rugby at the moment but away from the spotlight Ireland will play the first game of their own summer tour this Saturday, taking on the US Eagles in New Jersey.
Ulster wing Jacob Stockdale will win his first Irish cap in New Jersey this Saturday as Joe Schmidt looks to blood young players on the summer tour to America and Japan.
Former Kerry underage star Mark O'Connor has hit back at Tomás Ó Sé's criticism of AFL Talent Coordinator Tadhg Kennelly's role in luring young GAA talents to Australia.
Yesterday Joe Schmidt announced his squad to tour USA and Japan this summer and as expected, there were a host of new faces.
Today in Japan the World Rugby Council voted to extend the residency requirements from three years to five years, which will significantly curtail the number of players lining out for international countries of which they have no ancestral ties to.
Ireland have never reached a World Cup semi-final but after this morning's pool stage draw you can't blame fans for expecting 2019 to be the tournament where the team finally makes the final four.
Dublin have announced that manager Jim Gavin has agreed a two year extension to remain in charge of the team until after the 2019 championship.
If you are a regular inhabitant of Dublin pubs, or have raised a glass in any of the city centre’s most popular establishments, then you are probably familiar with The Swan Bar.
Denis Coulson, the Irish prop involved in an investigation into an alleged gang rape in France, should have 'nothing to worry about' according to his lawyer.
It was the talk of the GAA world in mid-summer eight years ago, as Kerry manager Jack O'Connor wielded the axe and dropped two of his key men.
The FAI are set to sit down with the PFAI this evening to discuss the grievances outlined by the Irish women's team at a press conference yesterday.
As first reported in this morning's Irish Independent, Colm Cooper has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane enjoyed one of football's greatest rivalries during their careers - and it has continued over into retirement.
Munster will play their first European knockout game since 2014 this Saturday and out-half Tyler Bleyendaal is a big reason why the southern province are back competing with the elite after two seasons outside the top eight.
He enjoyed a distinguished career in blue but Luke Fitzgerald came very close to wearing Munster red on two occasions during his rugby career.
As far as international debuts go, Daryl Horgan's wasn't bad at all.
In this week's episode of The Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald looks ahead to this weekend's Champions Cup quarter-finals involving the Irish provinces.
Until Seamus Coleman's horrendous injury, the Aviva Stadium brass band was probably the biggest talking point from Ireland's clash with Wales.
This Ireland fan certainly wasn't expecting to meet his hero.
Conor Murray will be given 'every opportunity' by Munster to prove his fitness ahead of this Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse at Thomond Park.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has stressed that the initial phase of Seamus Coleman's recovery from a double leg break will determine how long the Everton defender is out of action for.
With the Six Nations out of the way, every game over the next few weeks will be viewed through a Lions selection prism as we near the announcement of Warren Gatland's squad in April.
Shane Horgan is backing Wales flanker Sam Warburton to lead the Lions for a second time when they tour New Zealand this summer.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the latest person to condemn Neil Taylor over Seamus Coleman's devastating injury, calling the Wales defender's challenge a 'horrific tackle'.
What sort of unspeakable act of horror would a player have to commit on the pitch for a manager or a team-mate to come out and say 'I'm not surprised, that scumbag is a nasty piece of work and he most certainly IS that kind of player'?
Seamus Coleman's season is over after the Ireland captain was stretchered off with a broken leg break during tonight's World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.
The action on the pitch hasn't been very engaging but at least the Aviva Stadium music has united supporters from both teams - but not in a good way.
There was a loud crack, followed by dull thud.
Luke Fitzgerald has defended Joe Schmidt after the Kiwi came in for criticism following Ireland's second defeat of their 2017 Six Nations campaign.
In a game full of big moments, it was hard not to conclude that the most pivotal of all came when Robbie Henshaw was penalised for incorrectly joining a maul just as it was about to rumble over the Welsh try line.
Eddie O'Sullivan says that questions need to be asked about the Irish attack after Joe Schmidt's men were held tryless in the 22-9 defeat to Wales that ended their Six Nations hopes.
There was a succession of missed late opportunities at the Principality Stadium last night but Ireland's latest Six Nations disappointment really swung away from them in the ten minutes before half time.
History will be made tonight as Ireland play under Friday night lights in the Six Nations for the very first time.
Even though England could well arrive in Dublin on St Patrick's weekend gunning for a second straight Grand Slam, Luke Fitzgerald still feels this Friday's clash against Wales under lights could be the key game in Ireland's Six Nations campaign.
Leinster will say goodbye to Ireland international Mike McCarthy at the end of the season, with the veteran second row set to join French outfit Narbonne in the Pro D2.
Down weeks in the Six Nations can be frustrating for fans, forced to cast their eyes away from the gladiatorial arena of international rugby and reacquaint themselves with the provinces, who take a back seat for seven weeks each spring.
Lions coach Warren Gatland has opened up on his decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll ahead of the final test against Australia in 2013, heaping praise on the legendary Irish skipper for the professional way in which he reacted to the surprise axing.
It has quietly been a solid couple of weeks for Pat Lam and his Connacht players.
Fans of the Irish team will know midfield maestro Wes Hoolahan to be one of the few players at Martin O'Neill's disposal who can pick out a pass from distance.
Barcelona will need to start searching for a new manager after Luis Enrique revealed that he won't return next season.
Kevin Kilbane has strongly condemned boxer David Haye after he described fans of his rival Tony Bellew as 'retards'.
He hasn't managed the team for almost four years but Sunday gave us another reminder that Alex Ferguson still lives and dies with the fortunes of Manchester United.
Johnny Sexton wreaking havoc on the end of a loop play has become a familiar sight for Irish fans over the course of his career, but rarely has the number ten done as much damage to an opposition defence with it as he did last weekend.
Ireland earned their second win of the 2017 Six Nations after a tough encounter against France at the Aviva Stadium, with the victory emphasising the importance of Johnny Sexton to Joe Schmidt's set-up.
The GAA Congress today voted to make the most significant change to the structure of the football championship since the introduction of the qualifier system in 2001.
Most Munster fans have been scanning each recent Ireland squad announcement looking for Darren Sweetnam's name, but although the young wing has yet to earn an international cap, it feels like his time in green will come sooner rather than later.
Rory McIlroy's choice of playing partner over the weekend has proved polarising, with one top golf journalist saying he 'can't believe' the four-time Major champion opted for a round with US President Donald Trump.
There's plenty to like about the current crop of Irish players - increasing strength in depth, a solid scrum, a tigerish back-row replete with enough wrecking balls to demolish a storefront - but close to the top of the list is the emerging centre partnership of Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose.
Brian O'Driscoll thinks CJ Stander is 'exactly' what the Lions need to take on the All Blacks this summer but admits that he isn't a fan of the current three-year residency rule that allowed the South African to shoot to prominence in a green jersey.