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We didn’t even know it was on.

Last night.

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin.

Rugby-loving ‘revellers at a party hosted by Heino Heineken – the Official Worldwide Partner to Rugby World Cup 2019- ahead of the tournament kick-off in Tokyo, Japan on September 20.


From top: ; from left: Alan Quinlan, Fiona Coughlan, Mario Rosenstock, Stephen Ferris, Andrea Farrell, Wayne Barnes, Malcolm O’Kelly; Fergal Walsh and Sarah Hession; from left: Mickie O’Loughlin, Conor White and Ian Cassells; from left: Alan Barnewell, Emma Barnewell, Michelle Sharkey and Colin Sharkey; from left: Sarah Hession, Tracey Walsh, Greg Starr, Peter James and Sarah Tobin; from left: lan Quinlan, Andrea Farrell, Fiona Coughlan, Malcolm O’Kelly, Wayne Barnes, Mario Rosenstock and Stephen Ferris

This morning.

Central London.

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid team, including from left: Dick Spring, Kyran McLaughlin, Phil Orr and Brian O’Driscoll on their way to presenting the island of Ireland’s proposal to host the event in 2023.


Pic via The Embassy of Ireland, London


Taoiseach leo Varadkar (second left) and sports minister Shane Ross (third left  join the team at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington High Street, west London.


This afternoon.

Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua, Dublin 4

The announcement of Ireland’s entry into the ‘candidate’ phase of the selection process to determine the host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. An all-island bid will compete against France and South Africa to host the championship.


From Top: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and unidentified; Enda Kenny; from left: Enda Kenny, former Tanaiste and rugby international Dick Spring, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross; Martin Mc Guinness, former Ireland Rugby International Brian O Driscoll, Enda Kenny and Dick Spring.

Rugby World Cup 2023: Ireland ready to stage a tournament ‘like no other’ (Irish Times)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Previously: Blood, Sweat And Cheers


Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan salutes the crowd after Ireland beat France 24 – 9 

RTÉ reports:

Ireland assured top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool D with an impressive victory over France at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium…Ireland will take on Argentina at the quarter-final stage next Sunday… However, this win came at a cost. Captain Paul O’Connell was stretchered off with a serious looking leg injury that may end his Irish career as he’s expected to announce his international retirement at the end of this tournament. Peter O’Mahony, Jonathan Sexton and Keith Earls were also taken off injured and are major doubts for next week.”


Meanwhile, earlier…

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Hick writes:

The fanzone at Millennium Stadium just before kick-off.

Brilliant win over France comes at a heavy cost with injuries to key players (RTE)

Pic: iRadio

Video: Chris MM Gordon



Leinster Rugby’s Fergus McFadden and models Michelle McGrath (right) and Hayley Ryan launching the Irish Rugby Village in the I.F.S.C., Dublin


For the next three weeks, George’s Dock in Dublin’s I.F.S.C. will be home to the repurposed Oktoberfest tent Irish Rugby Village.

The 2,000-capacity venue will offer a canopy for big screens, a street food market, live entertainment and fully stocked bar with craft beers.

Kicking the carnival of rugby off will be New Zealand versus Tonga tonight, Friday and then every match every weekend, through to the final on Saturday October 31.

Irish Rugby Village

Rugby World Cup 2015

It’s worse than an all boys boarding school.

Ahead of Ireland’s le crunch game against France this weekend, Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw talk about life in camp and the importance of bagman Patrick ‘Rala’ O’Reilly.

Paul O’Connell gushes:

..he’s the most positive man on the planet, he’s the go to man, if you’re feeling low, you can always get a Dairy Milk or some wine gums..

Roll, away.

*flicks towel*

Three Ireland