Tag Archives: Ireland

The Ireland women’s rugby team are RBS 6 Nations champions for 2015.

Ireland won their final match against Scotland 73-3, a championship record score.

G’wan na mban!

Match Report: Ireland v Scotland









This afternoon.

The men’s Ireland rugby team led by Paul O’Connell return to Dublin Airport following their victory over Scotland in Edinburgh and securing the Six Nations Championship.

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

match programme stub

For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, February 2nd, 1980.

Ireland faced Scotland off the back of a whipping from her old master.

Ballerina-footed Ollie Campbell and the greased ferret like elusiveness of Colin Patterson lead the charge, backed by southern musclemen, Donal Spring and first-time in green try scorer Moss Keane.

Niall Kiely wrote in the following Monday’s Irish Times:

Our resident Scotsman in a busy restaurant came from Troon, and named, inevitably one-felt, Brown. He had found problems to transcend the day’s woes, one of which led him to beseech every woman present for a needle and thread – a terrace scrimmage had seen him split his only pair of trousers – yet further tragedy stalked in that he had belatedly discovered that Galway , where he wanted to visit an old flame, was not a suburb of Dublin.


Previously: Giving It A McLash, 1985

Retro Rugby on Broadsheet



McGurk! You’re cut.

Ryan!! You’re in.

A passive aggressive defence of Joe Schmidt’s “kicking game” is the theme for RTÉ’s Jonathan Ryan-narrated promo ahead of Ireland versus Wales in Cardiff Arms Park Nua, Wales, today.

It gets results in fairness.

Previously: How Green Was Their Valley

RTÉ Rugby: Six Nations

Thanks Richie McCormack


Wales win 23-16.

The breakdown; Ireland need to beat Scotland next week and hope other results go our way.

Easy, easy.

Yesterday evening.

Mike Ross, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne and Devin Toner (top) with Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh (inside centre), at the all new Loop in terminal 1, Dublin Airport prior to their departure to Cardiff, Wales for their six nations match at the Cardiff Arms Park Nua.

Related: How Green Was Their Valley?

Thanks Sarah McDonagh

wales-ireland-1989 prog ticket stub

For the week that’s in it.

Saturday, February 4th, 1989.

It was the year the Hurricane blew away a young Stephen Hendry to win the Irish Masters Snooker Championship and Samuel Beckett passed away.

It was also the year a resurgent Ireland team traveled to the Cardiff Arms Park determined to banish the waning Welsh to a third successive defeat.

Noel Mannion’s block, clutch and gut-bursting carry paved the way.

Eileen Battersby wrote in the following Monday’s Irish Times:

Noel Mannion, grabbed the ball inside his own half and with the grace of a stampeding dray horse, showed the Welsh backs – and the rest of Wales – exactly how serious their rugby problems are when he scored 70 yards later.

“What have things come to when they can’t catch a number eight?”, asked the shaken Welshman in the sheepskin coat.

Blue-dee Buh-real-ee-unt.

Previously: Bread Of Heaven

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Screengrab from new Eurostat study

The Irish Times reports:

“The pay gap between men and women in Ireland has widened in recent years, with women earning 14.4 per cent less than men for their work, most recent figures show.”

“Data from Eurostat, the European Union’s official statistics body, reveal women earned almost a sixth less per hour than men in 2012, up from 12.6 per cent in 2008.”

There you go now.

Pay gap between men and women in Ireland up to 14.4% (Irish Times)