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'That game was a real turning point' - How Joe Schmidt changed the way Ireland train after All Blacks heartbreak

It was one of the most heartbreaking moments in the history of Irish rugby but ex-Ireland star Luke Fitzgerald says the dramatic last minute loss to the All Blacks in 2013 was a huge building block for future success.

Ireland looked to be about to record their first ever win over New ...

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'He definitely deserves it' - Ex-Leinster star Jimmy Gopperth backs Joe Schmidt to be next All Blacks head coach

Former Leinster out-half Jimmy Gopperth says Joe Schmidt 'definitely deserves' the chance to coach the All Blacks and has backed the Ireland boss to succeed Steve Hansen after the 2019 World Cup.

The Kiwi ten, who played with Leinster for two seasons between 2013 and 2015, thinks that ...

2018-11-13 23:05 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Ireland vs All Blacks preview, 2013 heartbreak and tough selection decisions

On this week's epsiode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Wasps and former Leinster out-half Jimmy Gopperth to preview Ireland's blockbuster clash with New Zealand.

It's world number two hosting world number one at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and Gopperth ...

2018-11-13 21:40 open_in_new
Q&A: Key changes to scheme for family businesses and farms now facing lengthy delays

Fair Deal is the shorthand for the 'The Nursing Homes Support Scheme', which provides financial help for people who need long-term nursing home care.

It is operated by the HSE. The scheme covers private, voluntary and public nursing homes.

An assessment of all your income and assets ...

2018-11-12 15:34 open_in_new
Family feud threat to Fairer Deal for farms, businesses

Fears about the potential for family feuds have delayed changes to the Fair Deal Scheme, which had been promised as a massive boost to business owners and farmers.

The Government is preparing new legislation that will limit the financial burden of nursing home fees for parents who pass ...

2018-11-12 10:37 open_in_new
'That cut deep' - Cian Healy on how a 'dark game' early in his career helped him develop as a prop

Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning experience.

The 31-year-old won a Six Nations Grand Slam, the Champions Cup and the PRO ...

2018-11-07 17:58 open_in_new
'A real shock to the community' - tributes paid to father-of-four killed in farm fall

A farmer who was killed in a farm accident in Co Waterford yesterday has been named locally.

Suckler farmer Patrick (Paddy) Drohan was killed following a fall from height in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford.

IFA Waterford County Chair Kevin Kiersey told FarmIreland said that Mr Drohan ...

2018-11-07 13:46 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Cian Healy on getting back to his best, injury struggles and developing as a prop

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy to discuss the November internationals and his career to date.

Healy is a key part of Joe Schmidt's Ireland team who have big matches against Argentina ...

2018-11-07 05:23 open_in_new
'Your goal is to get to number one' - Ireland star Cian Healy targeting top spot in world rankings

Cian Healy is targeting top spot in the world rugby rankings as Ireland prepare for key Novembers tests against Argentina and New Zealand.

Ireland have reached their highest ever ranking of number two under Joe Schmidt after a year that has already seen the team claim a Six Nations Grand ...

2018-11-07 00:07 open_in_new
Farmer dies following fall from height in Co Waterford

A farmer has died following a farm accident in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford.

The 52-year-old man was injured after falling from a ladder while repairing a roof on the family farm.

Gardai said that they called to the scene of an accident, where it appeared that a 52-year-old fell off ...

2018-11-06 13:37 open_in_new
Stay in Ireland, off to the All Blacks or a return to club rugby - what will Joe Schmidt do next?

Ireland enter the November internationals with the deepest squad in the team's history and off the back of a stellar 2018 thus far - but there is still some uncertainty about the future of the national team with less than one year to go until the 2019 World Cup.

Since Joe Schmidt ...

2018-10-31 22:10 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Ireland's hooker situation, centre selection dilemma and Joe Schmidt's coaching future

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined Irish Independent rugby correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor to preview the November internationals.

Ireland face Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and USA in an action-packed four-match schedule and the lads ...

2018-10-30 23:04 open_in_new
Worrying increase in illegal hunting by gangs and their dogs, farmers hear at crime meeting

North Dublin farmers have become one of largest victims of rural crime in the country, according to the Irish Farming Association (IFA). 

More than one hundred concerned residents assembled at Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords last night following a number of criminal incidents targeting ...

2018-10-30 10:28 open_in_new
Salmonella case closes down milk powder production at dairy

Salmonella has shut down the milk powder production unit at a dairy.

The contamination did not come from the supply of milk from a farm and did not enter the food chain.

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed to 'Farm Ireland', the Irish Independent's farming website, that it ...

2018-10-30 05:13 open_in_new
'It's two different philosophies' - Leinster stars on the difference between national and provincial set-ups

There are very few teams in world rugby operating at a higher level than Ireland and Leinster at the moment and two players with experience in both camps say that the national and provincial set-ups have some interesting differences.

Hooker James Tracy and centre Rory O'Loughlin have ...

2018-10-27 13:10 open_in_new
'He has had a bigger impact on me than any other coach' - Leinster star sums up the influence of Stuart Lancaster

Leinster centre Rory O'Loughlin has opened up on the impact Stuart Lancaster has had on the team since arriving in 2016, saying that the senior coach has helped 're-establish the culture' at the province.

Both Lancaster and Leinster were going through a transition period when head coach ...

2018-10-25 18:07 open_in_new
Agricultural contractor killed following a shooting overnight at a farmhouse is named locally

THE man killed in a shooting incident at a farmhouse in Cork overnight has been named locally as Derry Coakley, an agricultural contractor.

It is understood that Mr Coakley, who gardai say was 58, had travelled the four kilometres from the town of Macroom, where he lived with his mother, ...

2018-10-25 16:01 open_in_new
Teagasc's 'very low' €33,000 starting salaries must be increased - new Chairman

The new Chairman of Teagasc, Liam Herlihy has said that the starting salaries for Teagasc staff are "very low" and must be improved.

"We are facing severe challenges in recruiting and retaining high calibre staff. We don’t want an open cheque book to recruit anyone at any figure, but ...

2018-10-25 14:58 open_in_new
'I was thinking, 'have I made a big mistake here?'' - Leinster star on his decision to change positions

It is rare to see a rugby player change positions during their career but that is the dilemma James Tracy faced after a discussion with Joe Schmidt early on in his time at Leinster.

Tracy had entered the Leinster academy as a prop but the then head coach felt that his size was better ...

2018-10-24 13:46 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Rory O'Loughlin and James Tracy on Toulouse, their Leinster journey and working with Joe Schmidt

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster duo James Tracy and Rory O'Loughlin to discuss their careers to date.

The lads start off by recapping Leinster's narrow defeat in Toulouse, a game that James and Rory were in the ...

2018-10-24 05:22 open_in_new
'Joe Schmidt is a big fan of his' - New Ulster star in the frame for surprise Ireland call-up

Joe Schmidt will soon name his Ireland squad for the November internationals and one of the newest arrivals to these shores could find himself included.

Ulster have had a mixed start to the season but rallied brilliantly to secure a deserved 24-10 victory against Leicester in their ...

2018-10-17 20:04 open_in_new