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Why Ireland feels betrayed - The inside story of how lack of support from Scottish and Welsh ‘allies’ doomed World Cup bid

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October 31 last was the tenth anniversary of the death of Ray Gravell, the former Welsh rugby player and broadcaster, and a commemorative lunch was held that day in the main function room at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli.

Paul Kimmage: We've lots of men in green but no team means as much to us


Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moment has almost run its course when Ruby Walsh reaches for his whip. The 12-time champion jockey knows a dead horse when he sees one and from the opening credits the programme - a monument to cheap TV - has…

WATCH: Another brawl between Dublin and Galway breaks out at Fenway Classic


Dublin's John Hetherton and Galway's Adrian Tuohey started a brawl during the first of the AIG Fenway Classic semi-finals at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday.

Eamonn Sweeney: Let's just keep calm and carry on


I could write a piece about how Ireland's defeat by Denmark shows our utter poverty as a footballing nation, the terrible deficiencies in technique which will always see us struggle against good teams, the obvious shortcomings of Martin O…

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'Some big players with big reputations disappointed' - David Moyes lays blame on players after first defeat


David Moyes claimed some "big players with big reputations" are letting West Ham down after the 2-0 loss at Watford.


Pat Gilroy gets off to losing start in charge as Galway topple Dublin in Fenway Classic


THE Pat Gilroy era got off to a losing start today in Boston’s Fenway Park as Dublin were beaten by All-Ireland champions, Galway by in the first of the AIG Fenway Classic semi-finals.

Brendan Fanning: French clout knocks little guys out of picture for good


In the lead-up to the third Test between New Zealand and the Lions in Auckland in July 2005, the NZ union asked the travelling media to check out their bid for the 2011 World Cup. It helped that the venue was across the road from our hotel…

Watford add to West Ham's woes as Hammers winless streak continues in David Moyes' first game in charge


David Moyes was left in doubt about the size of the task in front of him as West Ham crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Watford.


Neil Francis: Some players who took part yesterday won't be seen again for quite a while


The issue playing in matches like these is that it's like getting a window seat on the Hindenburg. It could be a 60 or 70-pointer or it could be the end of your career.


O'Callaghan the main man again as Cuala goal blitz sinks St Martin's


'GOALS win matches,' goes the old adage. Conversely, they also suck all energy and confidence from the team that's just conceded one.

Colm O'Rourke: We saw one obvious rule in Australia series that GAA law-makers must consider


In a series which went largely unnoticed in this country and in Australia, there were still important questions to be answered.

Stephen Hunt: You can question manager's tactics and substitutions, but not his position


Martin O'Neill has earned the right to continue as Republic of Ireland manager and if he still wants the job then he should be allowed to do so. I don't see any obvious alternative and I don't see anyone getting anything more out of the…


Late Na Piarsaigh surge sweeps aside Ballygunner in scrappy Munster final


Na Piarsaigh's incredible Munster senior club hurling record remains intact after a powerful second half display against Ballygunner in Thurles.

Kerry star Bryan Sheehan announces retirement from inter-county football


Five-time All-Ireland champion Bryan Sheehan has announced his retirement from inter-county football.


Shane Lowry comes up just short at DP World Tour Championship despite lowest round since 2011


Shane Lowry finished just one shot behind DP Tour World Championship winner Jon Rahm despite carding a spectacular 63 in his final round in Dubai.


'It wasn't the inexperienced guys who didn't perform' - Shane Horgan not impressed with Ireland regulars

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Shane Horgan feels that a number of Ireland players fail to give compelling cases for their inclusion next weekend after struggling past Fiji at the Aviva Stadium last night.



Second string stumble past Fiji


Ireland were put to the pin of their collar to make it two games from two in this Guinness series at a virtually full Aviva Stadium yesterday. Having been 17-3 ahead after 34 minutes it was 17-17 early in the second half and it required a…

Irish made to toil for the spoils


It's a sign of the momentum behind this Ireland side that the stadium should virtually sell out for the visit of a Tier 2 nation in November. Equally it's illustrative of the mindset of some of those who part with their hard-earned coin -…

Kernan slams refereeing after Irish let series slip


The Cormac McAnallen Cup will be staying in Australia after Ireland lost their way in the second half of the second international rules Test in Perth yesterday.

Sunday, Nov 19

Carl Frampton survives scare to prevail in Belfast homecoming

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Carl Frampton made a lacklustre return to the ring thanks to a ponderous unanimous points win over Mexican Horacio Garcia in Belfast's SSE Arena tonight.

Saturday, Nov 18

Man of the Match Conway continues strong November as Ireland do just enough to see off flamboyant Fiji

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The sight of Luke McGrath rushing to the touchline to bring the game to a close said everything about this game. It was the first time this young Irish side could breathe easily.

'Rob Howley's daughter was crying all week' - Warren Gatland opens up on O'Brien criticism and Lions fallout


After the drawn third Test in Auckland, voting slips were passed around among the Lions to decide their Player of the Tour.

'Michael Murphy was tortured all day' - Joe Kernan blasts 'diabolical' International Rules refereeing

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A furious Joe Kernan heavily criticised the refereeing in the second International Rules test in Perth, describing it as ‘diabolical and not fair on players.’

GAA to press for stadium funding despite rugby snub


The GAA expect that government funding for stadium development will not be cut following the IRFU's failed bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Friday, Nov 17

Brian O'Driscoll: Does Joey Carbery have all the attributes to play 15 in a Joe Schmidt team? I'm not sure

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Brian O'Driscoll has said that he's not sure if Leinster utility Joey Carbery has all the attributes to play at fullback in a Joe Schmidt side.

Schmidt is right to risk result for long-term reward as he puts his faith in next generation


The easy thing for Joe Schmidt to do over the course of this three-week window was to use his bench to take a look at fresh options.

Richard Dunne: A big issue for Ireland is that two of our best players aren't doing anything at the moment

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I have been in a dressing room with Martin O’Neill. I know how happy he is after a big victory and how angry he is after a heavy defeat so he will be hurting this week.

Schmidt: I'd take a win of any kind against Fiji​


Joe Schmidt has warned fans to re-adjust their expectations for tomorrow's clash with Fiji.

Thursday, Nov 16

Ewan MacKenna: Martin O'Neill got a lot wrong but the truth is we don't have the players to do any better

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Tuesday afternoon, and the countdown to kickoff was spent shooting the breeze with a colleague. Talk turned to comparing the past and present and to deciding our greatest manager, in the sort of discussion that never serves a purpose as…

WATCH: 'They couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery' - Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed World Cup bid

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A row erupted in the Seanad today over Ireland's failed attempt to land the 2023 Rugby World Cup after Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden said those responsible for the failure 'couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery'.

Porter, Sweetnam and Herring handed first starts and Farrell gets debut as Schmidt rings changes for Fiji

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Andrew Porter will make his first Ireland start on Saturday as Joe Schmidt rings the changes for is side's clash with Fiji.

Martin O'Neill to consider Ireland future after being stung by response to expensive Danish hammering

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Martin O'Neill is thinking about whether to stay on as Ireland manager as the FAI come to terms with the loss of funds from missing out on the World Cup.

Wednesday, Nov 15

'I don't know if Roy Keane has any sort of ability as a coach' - Eamon Dunphy

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Eamon Dunphy believes Roy Keane has had minimal impact and input with Ireland in his three year's as Martin O'Neill's assistant coach.

IRFU chief 'disappointed' that Scotland and Wales deserted us in 2023 Rugby World Cup vote

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The IRFU has expressed its disappointment that it couldn’t count on its Celtic cousins when it came to the crunch of today’s World Rugby Council vote on the right to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Revealed: Just eight votes for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid as France awarded hosting rights

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Ireland promised to deliver a "tournament like no other" but there will be no Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2023 after France were awarded the tournament by the World Rugby Council in London on Wednesday.

'Bang out of order' - James McClean takes aim at Ireland critics with emotional statement

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James McClean has expressed his heartache following last night's defeat to Denmark and sent a message to critics of the Irish players and management team in a passionate post on social media.